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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  1. Tubby The Tuba Texas

    I believe that this flight originated in Amsterdam, not the USof A! Don't know how that is a President OBAMA PROBLEM! Or a Democrat problem. Sounds like more whining from a Republican sore loser.

    December 29, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. CNN! The Arm of the democratic party

    The GOP is pointing out the obvious! Remember, the democrats said there was no war on terror, never was. Democrats are idiots and now they run the country. Obviously, we're on a path of destruction. The GOP just states the obvious.

    Instead of cleaning up terrorism, the democrats just want to win more political games. Democrats could care less about our country!

    THAT'S A FACT!

    December 29, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Gordon Shumway

    Call the truth the truth and the liberals can't stand it?

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

    The Repubs will do anything including illegal to screw
    the American people! WAKE UP! And use your HEAD.

    December 29, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't play politics with our Military and don't play politics when it comes to security issues related to terrorism. Terrorist don't care whether you are Democrat or Republican and especially an idiot like Hoekstra. I suggest Hoekstra use his time wisely on a child's playground somewhere.

    December 29, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Reggie from LA

    LOL!!

    That's not shameful. That's status quo. What IS shameful is that too many people will support any kinda foolishness to soothe the gulps of hatefulness many often swallow in non-support of this administration.

    I've seen that many people can't even articulate a real foundation for what is quite simply, hateful behavior.

    December 29, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Former Vice President Cheney brought this up and the liberals just wigged out. How dare he. But he was being honest and correct. Yes, there still are terrorist organizations out there and they apparently do feel emboldened now. It's time to show them that subversive attacks on America do not result in a misdemeanor.

    December 29, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Ex-SC Repub

    This is truly the lowest of the lows. How does it get lower than this? These people can't be shamed..., they have no conscience.

    December 29, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Barry the Messiah

    I think we need to talk to these misguided youths. It is our fault that they are the way they are. I think I owe an apology to all the countries out there by our horrible behavior in the past. Let's try to set up some good dialogue. This hole oversea contingency plan(Formerly known as war on terror) was made up by the evil Cheney and Rove. I believe they are entitled to a fair trial like any alleged criminals. We should hire the best attorneys to defend these people to make of for past misdoings. I am going to have taxpayer dollars go to my good friends at the ACLU who are the true heroes in defending our liberties. Why defend our country when it makes more sense to defend our liberties. Bless you all

    December 29, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. Illinostom

    As if the Dems don't play politics with national security. Please...

    December 29, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    And Democrats know what it is to be shameful after brokering deals for votes with taxpayer cash to pass healthcare in the senate.

    December 29, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. hdjones

    The best thing Hoekstra can do to keep Michigan safe is move himself out of the state. We've got enough problems here in Michigan without even thinking about all the damage this guy could do as Governor.

    December 29, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Mr Joshua

    Obama should just vote present.........It got him this far. His statement took so long for the same reasons. For the first time in History, We have a President that is afraid to make a decision. Is this the "Hope and Change" You Liberals voted for?

    December 29, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Mike

    Yes because Democrats do not use FEAR in thier politics. WE have to pass this Stimulus now or unemployment will go above 10 percent. we have to pass Health Care Reform now even though it will not cover anyone untill 2013. Both sides play politics with national security and fear. Democrats where doing it when trying to put a timetable for withdrawl from Iraq the last two years of Bush's Administrations. Both sides use the same tatics for preventing what the other party wants. Democrats did it through out Bush's Presidency with a few exceptions only difference now is that Democrats should have enough votes to overcome fillibusters.

    December 29, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. annie against biased news

    Why is that shameful when the so-called president couldn't even acknowlege there was a terrorist attack and his homeland security idiot was going "everything worked just fine".

    December 29, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Prospector

    Of course, Hoekstra is right and most Americans know this.

    December 29, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Tarheel

    Everybody knows that National Security and safety and the Armed Forces are handled better by the Republican Party and most will agree that if you want more Social Programs and free handouts and Higher Taxes you need to vote Democrat. Apparently people were willing to have a lot more of their paychecks taxed so that those who either can't or won't work could have better benefits so they voted for Obama. It's not all that complicated. If you want to feel safe again then you need to put the Republicans back in office in 2010 ans 2012.

    December 29, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Peter s

    In the 21 st century the two party system is a total failure!!!. The current politicians will cash on anything which moves!!!

    December 29, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. Future expat

    I have no idea what's going to happen in 2010 or 2012. No one does. The problem is that the GOP base is convinced that 2010 will be a repeat of 1994.

    If that happens we're screwed, as the GOP is a malfunctioning non-party, and, in its current state, should not be entrusted with governance. But I'm even more concerned about what could happen if the GOP base's pathetic fantasies don't come true. An uneducated and heavily armed paranoid mob is bad news for everyone.

    December 29, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. D.

    The DNC played political games with all issues of national security after Sep 11 in Bush time, they kicked the president for eight years on national security issues, second guessing the president on anything and attributing his decisions to greed. Now they have the guts to attack the Republicans for playing with national security?!
    They had Michael Moore, now they attack Rush, what a collection of losers! The Audacity.........of these guys!

    December 29, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. mjm

    I think it's shameful to be weak on national defense like the Democrats. They are big on talk and small on action.

    Let's face it, we have seen more attempts this year than in the past 7-8 years. Not to mention Fort Hood. The terrorist are not scared of Obama....not one bit.

    There is nothing wrong with Hoekstra's letter.

    December 29, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. EX SC PUB

    You can't shame these people... they have no shame. There is no bottom to this man's ethics.

    December 29, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Hendrik

    Hoekstra is another clown who disgraces his Dutch name. He truly is slime, just like another clown from Dutch background, DeMint.

    All Republicans such, each one of them. No exceptions.

    December 29, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Democrats wasting trillions of dollars the US doesn't have is vastly more shameful!

    December 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Perusing-through

    PATHETIC HYPOCRITICAL REPUBLICANS

    When 9-11 occurred, all Americans came together in one voice. Nearly 3,000 people were killed. It was not like Bush had some special charm; but the nation came together because that is how family acts when outsiders attack.

    However, when an incompetent jerk from half-way around the world burns his 'private parts' while trying to kill Americans, the pathetic hypocritical Republicans attempt to attack the President instead of coming together as the Democrats and Independents did on 9-11.

    December 29, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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