December 29th, 2009
04:52 PM ET
11 months ago

DNC calls GOP fundraising letter 'shameful'

A DNC spokesman is calling Rep. Pete Hoekstra's efforts to raise campaign cash in the wake of the Christmas Day terrorism attempt 'shameful'
A DNC spokesman is calling Rep. Pete Hoekstra's efforts to raise campaign cash in the wake of the Christmas Day terrorism attempt 'shameful'

(CNN) – A Democratic National Committee spokesman is calling Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra's efforts to raise campaign cash in the wake of the Christmas Day terrorism attempt "shameful."

"It was shameful that Republicans like Mr. Hoekstra would attempt to play politics with our national security at all, but raising money off it is beyond the pale," DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement. "Republicans are playing politics with issues of national security and terrorism, and that they would use this incident as an opportunity to fan partisan flames and raise money for political campaigns tells you all you need to know about how far the Republican party has fallen and how out of step with the American people they have become."

Earlier in the day, Hoekstra, a Republican running for governor in Michigan, sent a fundraising letter denouncing the "weak-kneed liberals['s]" response to the botched terrorism attempt.

"The system didn't 'work' here. Far from it! It is insulting that The Obama administration would make such a claim, but then again, these are the same weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!" the letter, first reported by the Grand Rapids Press, reads. "My promise to you, as your governor, my first duty and most solemn responsibility is to keep Michigan safe!"

Hoekstra is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. A spokesman for his gubernatorial bid says the campaign stands by the letter.


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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Trevor

    Truth hurts.

    December 29, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Weldon

    The GOP has nothing to run on except the fears of the ignorant, so who is surprised?

    December 29, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. L for Legend

    So the repugs have NO shame. I hope his garbage blows up in his face. Dang, they should be ashamed of themselves.

    December 29, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Hoekstra releases classified security information to Fox

    Hoekstra is the worst form of slime. I can only hope that the Michigan voters can see through his shallow anti American rhetoric.

    December 29, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. Hoekstra sounds like a complete baffoon. "My promise to you, as your governor, my first duty and most solemn responsibility is to keep Michigan safe!" Your main priority should be getting jobs back to Michigan sir!!! Playing politics with our national security is not only dangerous but childish. Our nationla security is not partisan, but it seems that way to those on the right.

    December 29, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. dave denver

    I agree, only the Dems should be able to play politics with issues like this, what are they thinking. It's the Obama decree.

    December 29, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Jeanne H.

    haha, I knew some dim-witted repub will jump on the botched terror attack to point out Obama's administration's "weakness". Never mind this is the same system used by the Bush Administration! Now we also have Tom Ridge showing up to tell us what needs to be done! So... My question is: it is the same system used under Bush, so if something needs to be done, why wasn't it done in the years under Bush????

    December 29, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Jane/Seattle

    Why does anyone even bother to report this silliness? Republicans and some others have long used the violent Retaliation against America for her capitalist adventures for Political Gain! The goals are many, but chiefly to create more Fear and More Wars for their Friends the Military Industrial Complex and the rest of the Profiteers! So very transparent this all is becoming. Too bad so many Ignore-Ant Ones do not see the Game!

    December 29, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. commonman13

    I am no fan of any democrats. The Republicans are definitely far far worse than I can tolerate. They are religious fanatics and war mongers. All that they want to do is create more wars and more division. Every American should be repulsed by the Republican behavior and reject their politics and fall into the trap of fear and hatred.

    December 29, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    The reTHUGS have been hoping for a terrorist attack since Obama took office. Now they feel like the got what they've been wanting. You can't really be surprise that they will try to use if for political gain.

    They were hoping for more, but they'll just make the best of what they got.

    December 29, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Republicans are Lunatics

    What do you expect from the party of fear? The Republican Party has become the domestic face of terrorism.

    December 29, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. LAW

    what does one expect? after all... the TSA wasn't set up by the Republican...oh, wait, yes it was. after all... the systems that didn't work weren't set up by the Repu.... oh, wait, yes it was. Sir – this is a great example of pot calling kettle – you really do need to get a better grasp.

    December 29, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    Don't use the issue of national security for political gain?
    Would that be like how Obama said Bush's national security policies kept us less safe during and after the campaign? Like how Obama said Guantanamo and the war in Iraq served as recruting motivation for terrorists?
    So Obama promises to close Guantanamo, gives a 'let's all be friends' speech to muslims and declares he has made us safer than under Bush.
    Who feels safer after the Ft. Hood masacre and the failed bombing of the arliner in Detroit. We know terrorists orgainzations are as active as ever and growing.
    This is a political issue because Obama and the Democrats are not willing to make the hard decisions that do make us safer.

    December 29, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Jayson

    And how is this any different from the Democrats who played politics with a host of issues during the Bush administration. Or from those on the left using the politics of class warfare to justify the further expansion of government control to save us all from those big bad corporations.

    Just another fine political example of the the pot calling the kettle black...

    December 29, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. shmeckell

    I almost agreed with you; right up until the end of the second paragraph where you took a shot at republicans and turned national security into political leverage. Oh, I am sorry, what where you talking about.

    Conclusion; you are both slimy politicians.

    December 29, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Norm

    Hoekstra is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. With that said, I’m asking that Hoekstra list each and every concern that HE has raised in the past year and where we stand on each of those issues.

    Also, why hasn’t Hoekstra pushed the TSA nomination of Erroll Southers through the Senate? This has been held up by objections from Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who fears nominee Erroll Southers will unionize TSA screeners.

    December 29, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. C Spurgeon

    What a pig. They have them on both sides but the republicans definitly have the hogs. Not the least bit interestyed in helping the country oor president but only in their own dirty brand of politics. What a PIG!

    December 29, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Stupid is as stupid does

    the repuglicans once again showing their true colors – green with president's faces on it.

    They care about nothing and no one unless someone else is paying for it

    December 29, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Duck Fallas

    Weak kneed?? He's afraid of incarcerated people!

    Great job on the intelligence commitee letting this happen.

    December 29, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Redman, CA

    I'm sorry, but anyone that listens to this message and donates money is an imbecile FULL STOP

    December 29, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Justen

    heheh, yeah, the dems never would dream of using national security as a campaign issue.

    The hypocricy here is scarey.

    yeah, so is my spelling, get over it.

    December 29, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. terry,va

    It might have been a little tacky, but it is the truth. The Obummie administration is the most spineless, weak kneed administration we have had with maybe the exception of Jimmy Carter. We better get a grip on protecting this country instead of worrying about hurting some Muslim's feelings. We are going to invite all kinds of terrorists in this country when we relocate Gitmo to Illinois or where ever. Everything Obummie is pushing like health care reform and cap and trade is a pimple on an elephant compared to protecting this country. Quit worrying about hurting your Muslim buddies feelings Obummie. You are either for the USA or against us. I'm not convinced you are for us!!!

    December 29, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. scott from MICH

    He's just falling in line with his hateful party leadership. They are just sickening and I ready for a Progressive Groundswell to rise up. People are tired of the GOP and Right Wing Hate Mongers!

    December 29, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    The SYSTEM did not work – NOR did stopping this creep before it happened... Homeland SCREWED UP stating that and I am sure she regrets it now. This is NO REASON to capitalize on it and try to benefit 'politically'!!!

    December 29, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Disgusted in Iowa

    Does this surprise anyone anymore? Let's face it, republicans are good at one thing and one thing only...scaring people into voting for them. Unfortunately, the avaerage american voter has the IQ of a 5-year old. Ask any of these republicans under whose watch the biggest terrorist attack happened in this country and you will be met with a blank stare... These are the same people who think Sarah Palin is a genius!

    December 29, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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