Washington(CNN) - A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee criticized a Republican congressman Tuesday for suggesting that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's daughter will be kidnapped by terrorists, calling it evidence that the GOP has been taken over by "Right Wing extremists."
"In case there's any doubt of the Republican Party being taken over by the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann and other Right Wing extremists, last night Republican Rep. John Shadegg actually suggested that Mayor Bloomberg's daughter will be kidnapped by a terrorist," DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer said in a statement.
"This is what happens when you have a Republican Party undeterred by their embarrassing loss in the NY-23 Special Election and desperate to win over the Right Wing fringe," he added.
On the House floor on Monday night, Shadegg criticized Bloomberg for supporting the Obama administration's decision to have the suspected 9/11 terrorists face a trial in New York City. Bloomberg said last week that it's "fitting" to have them tried close to the World Trade Center site and that the city has "hosted terrorism trials before," but Shadegg warned of other repercussions.
"I saw the Mayor of New York said today, 'We're tough. We can do it,'" Shadegg said. "Well, Mayor, how are you going to feel when it's your daughter that's kidnapped at school by a terrorist? How are you going to feel when it's some clerk - some innocent clerk of the court - whose daughter or son is kidnapped? Or the jailer's little brother or little sister? This is political correctness run amok."
Bloomberg's office said Tuesday it would not comment on the remark.
This is a stupid remark; if the GOP has been taken over by the far right then the demo's are being run by the far left which is closer to the truth. NY-23 is not over yet and he needs to look at Va. & NJ to see the demo's are in real trouble in 2010.
This is fear mongering out of control.
To my shame John Shadegg is my Congressional Representative. He is without a doubt a raving buffoon and fear monger of the First Orer. He has done exactly zero for his district since he has been in office.
The fear-mongering over the trial is really getting ridiculous. So, apparently we can't try anyone from a criminal organization in a court of law? No more street gang, drug cartel, or mafia crackdowns – they might, after all, hurt someone during the trial.
WOW – with all the teabagger crazies, the GOP should be cautious about giving them any ideas.
Wouldn't they love to turn this prophecy into a reality? Do you think they would draw the line at doing it themslelves for effect?
Now, NOT saying all, or most or even 0.002% of the teabagger are crazy, but there are some out there who are advocating violence, and as we saw at the Holocaust museum and the recent assasination of a pro-choice doctor, it doesn't take more than one.
Republicans supported trials in New York on 2006 when Bush was in office, but now they play political games.
Americans are sick of all this morbid profiteering off of 9/11! GOP go away!
I am sure that statement will pick up about as many independent votes as Shadegg's comment. Hey, he said something stupid; I bet I can say something dumber.
And hopefully Shaddeg and his family (and his anarchist followers) will all die miserable deaths from the worst possible diseases. Please God, use your power to rid the world of these scumbags.
Sounds like a veiled threat. The Mafia used talk like that. Is this where the Republican party is headed?
No the main reason for having military trials is that the people on trial are in the military!!! These terrorists are not. They and their ilk are criminals, there has been no declaration of war (despite the term "war on terrorism"). Other nations around the world put their terrorists on trial in civil courts – Al Queda is not the only terrorist organization in the world, nor are Americans the only victims of terrorism. It is simply amazing that the party that manage to find a way to implicate Iraq in 9/11 is still believed when they say anything about national security!
Wow, Shadegg backed off his statement quickly. Not only is he scared of terrorists, he's scared of the DCCC. His constituents should be proud.
This should not be a partisan debate, this is the trial of the people that killed 3,000 of our own and we want justice, we want the world to see American Justice prevail; not a side show in Guantanamo where we are expose to ridicule by some secret military tribunal... the victims of new york deserve to see justice being done... the military tribunal is fitting for the loser that killed 13 of our finest; I hope his punishment is also swift. Again no politics people, this should be a no-brainer... geez
Without a doubt, Republicans are now 'praying' for another 9/11 ..in the erroneous belief that it will again put them in power.
The suggestion that we "ought" to be afraid of terrorist is in it of itself a defitist attitude; I for one I'm not afraid of these cowards; my values and my convictions will prevail over these losers... to suggest the harm these thugs can do if a trial happens in New York is to suggest that New York will not do anything to defend its own people... I have confidence that New York will do a fine Job; they are not toddlers... and if they are not ready, then why would the congress enact the Patriot Act in the first place, perhaps this congressman needs to look at the laws before opening his big yapper!