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. DianeR PCFL

    Hoekstra, Demint, King and the rest of the Gutless Obstructionist Party (GOP) are the undisputed champions of balancing fake outrage on a party platform of total hypocricy.

    Remember, it took a full six days for some boot-licker to tell Bush what to think and how to respond to the first Shoe-Bomber back in Decemeber, 2001. It took President Obama less than 48 hours.

    December 29, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Robin

    Too all of you libs high on the obama kool-aid, let us put the facts into perspective, shall we.

    This TERRORIST was able to board an AMERICAN airplane while being on a terror watch list, with explosives, and WITHOUT a passport, an "employee" at the airport vouched for him.

    The only reason he failed, was because he could not get the bomb to detonate. If he did, we would have dead Americans from the plane on on the ground. What part of that don't you understand?

    Now he is bragging there are thousands more who are being trained to do the same thing. Their goal is simple, KILL AMERICANS!

    Let's please be adults and do not dismiss this as an isolated incident. Let's call it what it is. Jihad on American soil. Just like Fort Hood.

    December 29, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Danny E. Gonzalez

    Pete Hoekstra thinks that playing to people's fears will make us stronger? ignorant... is all I can say... coward too perhaps; I don't see him doing anything to help, unless is helping his pockets

    December 29, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Worst president ever

    You go Pete! Tell it like it is. Obama has gone around the world apologizing for America and bowing submissively to other world leaders. No wonder terrorists think we're weak! Just a reminder to all of you libs out there: this is the second terrorist attack this year.

    December 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Brian in California

    It's amazing what issues the republicans will use to criticize Obama and the Democrats. These very policies and procedures that failed in this instance were the very same that were instituted under the Bush admin. And the fact that ANOTHER country's security procedures failed does not mean that Obama or the "liberals" are to blame.

    Just shows what happens to a political party in its death throes.

    December 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Indy

    He is doing what a terrorist would do. You have a near fatality that could have cost hundreds of lives and you smell the fear and send out a letter asking for money. This is how terrorists work and how republicans work. They have the same motto,fear, distortion, lies,and kick a country at their most vulnerable time.I would not be surprised if we find out the break down in intellegence was republican related because I would not put it past republicans to harm Americans to serve their hate and racism of the President of the United States.I am not sure why the republican terrorists are allowed to walk freely in America

    December 29, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Lydia Negron

    What gets me about all this hubris, is that it is said with such a straight face.

    Frankly I'm plain tired of both parties pointing fingers at one another and telling such blatant lies and twisting events to suit their needs.

    With that said, unless I've been living in a fishbowl, the GOP tends to become bolder and more outlandish when they are the minority party and some of the things they've done in the past while they've had the reins, somehow they've forgotten they've done.

    The Dems are not angels by a long shot but those pesky GOP's really need a lesson in civility, humility and ethics.

    December 29, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Joan

    As far as I can tell from the actions of the Republican party over the past year they will do ANYTHING to stir the pot !!!! They have certainly done nothing to help the American people – only to help themselves !!!

    It amazes me how gullible the American people are when they believe anything the GOP has to say !!!!

    December 29, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Double standard

    The Democrats gained plenty of political capital from the failure of a Republican president to properly prepare for Katrina, as well as the Bush administration's weak response to that disaster. This is the same principle at play again. It's shameful, but so is pretending that it is unique to the Republican party.

    December 29, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Tony Justin

    It is important to whip up the fears of the populace about impending terrorist attacks. That way we can totally nullify the freedoms listed in the US constitution and continue our transition to a totalitarian military dictatorship. I think that I am much more likely to die from the extra large order of fries I ate today, or from the ice on the highway, than I am from a terrorist bomb.

    December 29, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Cindy Merrill

    I find it interesting that the DNC denounces the fundraising letter, yet they're unable to prove a word of it untrue.

    December 29, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Fair_is_Fair

    You can take the retardican out of the trailer park, but you cant take the trailer park out of the retardicans. You're mostly (there are some good republicans with class) un-educated, bigotted, fear mongering, simple minded people.......ala Palin. I wish I can say I pray for you, but I don't. Stupid is – is Stupid Does.

    December 29, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Nancy in Michigan

    I sincerely hope that this deluded Dutchman's bid to be Governor falls flat in the primary. Although, then we'll have to see what kind of hysteria can be drummed up by L. Brooks Patterson shill for another Repubican candidate, Michael Bouchard.

    I'm rapidly becoming heartily sick and tired of all the carping on both sides of the aisle, whether it be at the national, state, or local level. Why does it seem that humans, rather than maturing and attempting to find ways to cooperate, are digressing further and further into childish, 'playground bully' tactics? Will we NEVER learn to get along with our fellow man???

    December 29, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Crazy ass human being

    Well we could take a page out of shrub's book- -Let's go bomb Iraq – –
    again!!!!!!!!Shock and awe baby, shock and awe. Remember republicants, 911 happened on your boys watch.

    December 29, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Danny E. Gonzalez

    Is this guy really serious? why is it that the yellow-belly republicans don't want these terrorists in our prisons? we are America the last I check and we have encarcerated worse... we should not be hiding behind a prison on the other side of CUBA; the arguments are just ridiculous and cowardly.

    December 29, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Clint, Lynnwood Wa.

    Would you expect anything less from a Republican?

    December 29, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Mark

    The Republicans will find out how popular they are in 2010 at the polls. They are fooling themselves if the think voters will elect them. They have done nothing during this year 2009, except lying to us, blocking new bills and stopping Obama from filling out all his positions. They are now using politics on security. Most current Republicans Senators up for election next year, will find a difficult time getting elected, Of course, they are trying to raise lots of campaign funds to buy off the voters, but I think the voters are too smart for them.

    December 29, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Sadie

    This is all the Republicans have to offer this country and the American people is FEAR FEAR and more FEAR......scare the hell out of everyone.......The truth is ....... the Republican Party the GOP is the one to FEAR.......they want more of the Bush/Cheney bully tactics without intelligent thought...........that went out in 2008 and will keep you out until you can stop being the party of NO the party of BLAME and SHAME.....every time one of you open your mouth we hear Sour Grapes because you lost the last election to a Black man........we hear nothing but lies and every tactic you can come up with to try to make this President FAIL........it isn't going to work so you better start down another Road cause the one your on now is going to take you down for good........

    December 29, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. hobart

    Just another example of the loathsome behavior of the party of no. They so foam at the mouth over terrorist attacks by Muslims (while Christian terrorists, like those who kill people at abortion clinics, get a pass) that one can only conclude that they want another major attack on US soil, just so they can regain their power. And if they don't get that, they can always say they "inherited 9/11."

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    December 29, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. michiganscaredycats

    .... are you saying that the police in that state will be unable to handle a few bad guys.... bad guys that would already be in the custody of law enforcement.... man, your police officers must suck...

    December 29, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Chris - Denver

    Shameful is putting it mildly. Republicans have lost all sense of human decency. Logic and reason went out the window with them years ago.

    December 29, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Tina

    What Democrats should to do as a counter attack to GOP's campaign is to do a "It is Georgh Bush Fault" campaign. They've done it before and it worked as it motivated to elect Obama. They've been using it - and should use it as a slogan "Bush Fault - Contribute to Democratic Campaign".

    December 29, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Bruce Davis

    Perhaps this Republican Candidate did not notice that the President ordered cruise missile strikes on Yemen on December 21st which killed at least 60 people. Perhaps the Republican Candidate does not connect the dots that this terrorist act was retaliation for those attacks. One would think the Republican Candidate would be trying to keep the citizens of Michigan safe from General Motors.

    December 29, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Carlos

    Liberal democrips and shameful in the same sentence, no way.

    December 29, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Beuschman

    Nice to see that the McCarthy/Nixon/Gingrich/Rove/Bush/Cheney wing of the party is alive and well. Why address the issues involved when you can (once again) blame the liberals for everything?

    By the way, Chris I - since you're such an expert on cowards, what do you call the son of a politician who supports a war, but then uses Daddy's connections to get out of fighting in it?

    December 29, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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