Democrat Bob Etheridge Attacks Unarmed Student
(FoxNews) – N.C. Congressman Apologizes for Physical Confrontation With Man in Washington
Three days after an Internet video surfaced showing North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge in a physical confrontation with a young man, the lawmaker said he is “profoundly” sorry for the tussle on a Washington street.
Rep. Bob Etheridge, a Democrat, is seen in an amateur video grabbing the wrist and neck of an unidentified man after he approached the congressman and asked if he supported the “Obama agenda.”
“I have seen the video posted on several blogs,” Etheridge said in a statement Monday. “I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved.
“Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse,” he said.
The video, posted to YouTube on June 11, shows the man, who appears to be in his early 20s and who identifies himself as a college student, approaching Etheridge on the sidewalk.
Etheridge is then seen trying to snatch a cell phone camera out of the student’s hands. He then grabs the man’s wrist and refuses to let go.
“Who are you!” the seventh-term congressman demands. “Tell me who you are … I have a right to know who you are.”
Another man, not seen on camera, then tells Etheridge, “We’re just here for a project.”
When the student asks Etheridge to “please let go of me,” the congressman then grabs him by the neck.
In a statement Monday, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Jon Thompson said, “Bob Etheridge has lost it.
“His conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress. It’s bad enough that he’s joined Obama’s assault on North Carolina jobs, but his physical assault on a college student goes beyond the pale.