December 29th, 2009
04:52 PM ET
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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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  1. Sgt. USMC

    There's only one way the repugs would ever accept President Obama... if they put his face on American currency. Then they will do anything, even scare the American people out of their hard earned cash. By the way, they claim that Dems are weak kneed but they are scared over Guantanamo prisoners? What a dork.

    December 29, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Paul

    Where is the weakness? 12,000 new troops already have been ordered by this president to Afghanistan, and 30,000 more are on the way. Did the Bush administration send more troops when they were requested by the commanders in theatre? Nope. The Bush administration refused the generals' request for more troops there, and that is a fact. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, appointed under Bush, testified to this before Congress this summer.

    December 29, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    So what are we suppose to do go crawl in a hole every time something happens . The democrats needs to pay more attention on doing there job's instead of looking for a fight with the republicans .

    December 29, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Lyle

    I'm so sick of the juvenile antics of the Republican Party. They've become petty, childish and remind me of palyground thugs. Sure ain't the Party Mom and Pop once supported. Shame to the GOP!

    December 29, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    It is not "shameful" just cons being cons and after a year, we should be used to it by now.

    After all this is the same party with the stated agenda they want President Obama and America to "fail".

    How better to achieve that stated goal than hoping for a terrorist attack on American citizens.

    If a con stoops so low as to try and make a buck off the bodies of dead young soldiers what is to keep him from trying to make a buck off of more dead Americans?

    Shameful? Republiklans show us daily they have no shame, for more proof, see DeMint trying to stop the TSA chief approval for political reasons. .

    December 29, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Ann

    What in the world was the President suppose to do? Bomb Nigeria?
    I guess I am just confused as to what the Republicans expected. I think the President did what any president would have done.

    December 29, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. MARK/Colorado

    The GOP has become so disgusting I doubt they ever regain respect.

    December 29, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    As a side note to this story:

    In August 1998, then-president Bill Clinton ordered missile strikes in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately, he missed bin Laden by a few hours.

    Contrast this to GW Bush, who allowed bin Laden to cross the Afghan border into Pakistan in December 2001.

    December 29, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. gerryluimes

    Latest news items coming in from world presses tell us that the republican party has been initiating this latest bombing attempt by contacting the Al qeada people in Yemen in order to give the current administration a hoped-for black eye .Cannot affirm truth of this message.
    Gerry at Edmonton,Can.

    December 29, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. gt

    the terroists dont mean to be hateful,,, ugh... wake up ,,,america

    December 29, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Rickster

    The only thing shameful is the colossal failure of this weak president, his corrupt administration and the disgraceful democratic congress.

    December 29, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Annie

    Republicans love to instill fear and hate. Oh, and they do love war, as long as their own sweet darlings aren't sent to the front line, that's only for children of the common folk ! Wise up America, Republicans are nothing but wolves in sheeps clothing.

    December 29, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. CNN in the censoring buisness..shameful! He LIVES so ALL man can know peace and love!

    I believe this tatic came from the Dem handbook...check your sources.

    December 29, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Tom

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"...Not completely true–we also should fear those who use fear for their own personal gain.

    December 29, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. welches, oregon

    uhh...I believe it was the system ShrubCo put in place....

    December 29, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Gus tTe Willie

    Hoekstra a.k.a Chicken Little is stilling running around yelling the sky is falling. I should say this kind of politics went out with the War Lord George W. Bush. But there will always a few who will prey on the fears of the witless to further their causes. Put money ahead of their constituents for the betterment of their handlers, the Industrial War Machines.

    December 29, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. sandy

    Keep Michigan safe? ROFL! Safe from what?

    December 29, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Another Reformed Republican

    Why is anyone surprised when a Republican pulls a stunt like this? Putting politics if the first of the Republican's 11 commandments.

    People of intellect recognize these bufoons for the hypocrites they are.

    December 29, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Jeff

    One of the jobs of our elected reps is our national security. I can only imaging how huge and difficult the problem must be; especially in a 'free' society. If this guy has something positive to contribute, I'm all for listening to him. Perhaps I am missing something, but I don't see how name calling and fear mongering contribute to our national security. In my book, this guy is a (sore) loser.

    December 29, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. chris l

    Republicans hate to be told lies while Democrats (or as I call them, the anti American Party) hate to be told the truth. Thank God these radicals running our Government will soon be flushed down the toilet they crawled out of. 2010= Radicals Out
    2012= The ousting of the Coward and Chief

    December 29, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. daniel

    The unavoidable fact is that 9/11 happened while Republicans were in the White House, and Republicans gave their guy a pass and blamed the former president for it. Their double standard here is stunning.

    December 29, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Terry from West Texas

    Conservatism is the philosophy for all people. It says everything. The sky is blue, the sky is red, the sky is falling down.

    Government is incompetent at every thing, they say. Yet the government's performance in allowing this one man to board a plane with a baggie of liquid in one pocket and a small container of powder in another was inexcusable!

    Every day, Homeland Security confiscates hundreds of guns, knives, box cutters, and other weapons that passengers 'forgot about' and packed them in their luggage or carry-ons. Gun nuts in Georgia are suing the Atlanta airport for not allowing them to carry concealed guns into the airport.

    December 29, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    Yhe dems hate it when they hear the truth. The democrats are INEPT at dealing with our national security issues.... it should be a major platform in 2010. Along with the disastrous economy they created.

    December 29, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Joyce

    He has nothing positive to say about himself so he reverts to negativity about the other guy!

    December 29, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Southern mudsucker

    Peter for presodent.

    December 29, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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