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. annie s

    Sure. Keep 'em safe while they're starving for lack of jobs – jobs a maximum security prison housing terror suspects could have created. What a dolt!

    December 29, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Russ Dempsey

    It's the fact that we are suppose to be a "free" society that he was able to get through screening procedures; put in place by the previous administration I might add; so it's not a liberal issue at all and I think it is outragous that the republicans would try to make an issue out of it. If anything, the system failed. Just another attempt by the republication to use scare tactics to win.

    December 29, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Donnatella

    The GOP is totally disgusting, you should all be ashamed of yourself. So quick to call somebody weak, but at the same time keeping all your followers scared of their own shadows. Vote for us we will keep you safe, yea right.

    December 29, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Not surprising. Fear-mongering to their cowardly base in their only strategy.

    December 29, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. amwa

    Have the Republicans forgotten 9/11 happened on their watch, I do believe.

    December 29, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. sethtomp

    Wait a sec...wasn't the GOP in power during 9/11? hm.....what does that say about the republicans then? are people SO stupid that they would actually give money to the GOP because of this incident? some politicians make me sick.

    December 29, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. ROM

    The GOP has nothing to run on except the fears of the ignorant, so who is surprised? GWB did it and Dick Cheney also, going after weak minded people in the USA. Who knows one day the truth about 911 will come out. 911 was on G. Bush watch, far worse than 1 man coming from overseas going to blow himself up. It is funny how 1 man stopped the plane from being blown up and yet Americans couldn't stop the other 3 planes from crashing in NY and DC. PA took action???

    December 29, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Idiot_Pelosi

    Sounds like the truth hurts.

    This guy nailed OBUMMER and his weak stance on security.

    December 29, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Carmelle

    I see a bunch of you saying: "truth hurts" or "repubs are saying it like it is"

    All of this is based on what Napolitano said??? Are you serious? Listen to the POTUS' statement today and he repeated while clarifying what she said! Are you guys serious?

    PLEASE, tell us what you guys would have done differently? SEND US TO WAR??

    Remember, the American ppl know eactly what you are good for and we NO THANKS last Nov. I voted for cool headed approaches. Just shut up already!

    December 29, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. MiMi

    And I guess the Senate and House bribes are OK with u all? I totally agree with Hoekstra. Our current admin doesn' even believe in terrorism; they gave "the war on terrorism" some whimpy name. I know, let's blame it on GW Bush!!!!!

    December 29, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. D

    Michigan needs jobs not terror protection. What a loser. BTW what were his ideas to improve national security...Oh he didn't have any. typical republican

    December 29, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. TM

    When all else fails, and for the GOP it has, resort to fear. The Republican Party has done more to terrorize the American people over the last 8 years than Al-Qaeda could ever dream of. The GOP message is a simple one" "BE AFRAID, and remember, only WE can protect you"

    December 29, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. SNAPPA

    Just what does he think should be done? Should we bomb some country? Wait, mayber we should find this guys family and slaughter them? Truth hurts? What truth? That right wing morons think since this guy tried to blow up a plane we should strike out and kill somthing for retaliation? Sounds familiar why?

    December 29, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Dave, the Truthteller

    The Dems have zero moral authority on any fundraising issues thanks to the Chicago mob now in power.

    December 29, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. George from Memphis

    I have long gotten beyond outrage at these lying, shameless hypocrites and their lemmings. There are no words for my contempt of people like this MI guy, DeMint, and the rest of the GOP from top to bottom.

    December 29, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Dave C - NJ

    Playing to the lowest common denomenator...hilarious.

    December 29, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Niles

    At least this terror attempt was thwarted while Obama is in office. Who the hell is going to give a real attack a chance to occur under the Republicans, like the last few times.

    December 29, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. NVa Native

    Typical GOPer continuing to spread the tea-bagger and Fox media lies to make a buck. As far as they are concerned when their guy is not in the White House it's okay to aid and provide comfort to our enemies.
    The "traitor in chief" master Dick must be gurgling with pleasure.

    December 29, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    The DNC raises funding the very same way! Stop the crying as both parties do it! Sounds like kindergarten rather than poltics! P.S. partians BOTH PARTIES pull the hate and fear card when it best benefits them. BOTH PARTIES! To believe otherwise is ignorant!

    December 29, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Edith, Michigan

    The sad thing is that the sheeple of Michigan will probably vote for
    him, decrepid state of our economy CAUSED by the republicans,
    not withstanding.

    Don't underestimate the ignorance that runs rampant in my state.

    December 29, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. coolfl33

    HELLO, 9/11 may have happened after President Bush became President but we all know who was in office when it was be plotted and planned.
    If Bill had been doing his job instead of getting one then 9/11 wouldn't have happened.

    THIS COUNTRY IS PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Both sides do the same exact things but only have a problem with it when the other side is doing it.

    Aren't we suppose to learn from the past. The Obama Administration is using the past acts of President Bush as an excuse to justify is lack of leadership.

    Well Bush did it.

    December 29, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. ran

    I can only hope that the people will see the Republicans' use of this issue or any future fear/hate/obstructionism game and vote for more true Democrats or Independents in 2010/2012.

    December 29, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Eric in Denver

    Nice job Mr Hoeksta. It is no secret that the loons on the left have more sympathy for the terrorists than they do for our own citizen. I am sure the ACLU and the Moveon.org morons are lining up free defense for this terrorist as well as any other future terrorist. Oh wait I am sorry to the people I offended I mean misguided youth. I don't want to offend Mr. Obama and the other libs that still think this war on terror is a joke. Let's try to bankrupt the country first with more bailouts and the bogus heatlhcare bill and then address the security of this country. Let's get rid of these weak democrats and donate to the true conservatives in the party that are trying to protect our country. Republican takeover of congress in 2010 and white houste 2012

    December 29, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Tim

    Who cares, all he's doing is preaching to the flock...

    December 29, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. ProudLib

    You'd think Hoekstra could do better than this and the GOP could do better than Hoekstra, but I guess not ... losers meant for each other.

    December 29, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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