December 29th, 2009
04:52 PM ET
9 years ago

DNC calls GOP fundraising letter 'shameful'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Liberal wingnut

    I guess he didn't see the polls and where the democrats are rating these days.

    December 29, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Econ540

    Flight initiated in Nigeria, through Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan so who missed the explosive the Nigerians of the Dutch? We can be thankful that one passenger and the cabin crew were alert and quick to act.

    Fortunately, only the idiot carring the explosive was injured. Unfortunately, is appears, that in spite of the efforts of President Bush and President Obama, the CIA will not share information with other agencies.

    Playing on the fears of the public regarding a terrorist threat is part of politics, maybe not the nicest part of politics, but politics. I will bet that the good and honorable representative from Michigan has weighed in against most of the programs and policies that dry up the "friendly sea" in which terrorist groups thrive, like international programs that provide jobs at living wages, hunger relief, preventive healthcare programs and education. I will wager that he opposes those things for all of the people of Michigan, and probably for the people in the rest rest of the world.

    As for the gentleman who ignated himself, I am sure that those Michigan citizens who sit on his jury will, following a trial, insure that he will cause no harm again.

    December 29, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Jasmine in Germany

    Putting political gain before the health and well-being of the citizens of our country seems to be the Republican way. Sad, but proven to be true.

    December 29, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. proud dem in nc

    Typical Republican pig!! Playing the fear and smear card. They are sooooo desperate.!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Great campaigner, effective politician, lousy president

    Call it as it is, Mr. Hoekstra. The truth hurts. As Mr. Emmanuel himself stated, never fail to take political advantage of a crisis. The left has modeled this for a long time.

    December 29, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Ed

    Democrats, as usual, will do their best to deflect this complete failure of security. For any democrat to defend this lapse, only shows that they would gladly sacrifice lives for their support of an inept political agenda.

    December 29, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. David in Indiana

    There used to be a saying, "Loose lips sink ships". The U.S. does not have the ability to infiltrate every group with an agenda. Posturing by our political parties has grown old fast.

    Work together for the Common Good or let somebody else do it.

    December 29, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. RN

    The GOP created a broken system and now that someone else walks into the mess they point a finger and claim they have no responsibility – it must be all those liberals.
    Give me a break. It seems the only original idea a republican had died years ago – from loneliness.

    December 29, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Jenn, Philadelphia

    So reading terrorists their Miranda rights, getting the trials in the US or just letting them out of Gitmo (like the terrorists running the camps in Yemen – all released Gitmo detainees) is not weak-kneed? This is also the Administration that changed the word terrorist attacks to "man-made incidents", but that's not weak-kneed either. Terrorism is not a criminal justice matter, it's a national security matter and should be treated as such. To call out the Democrats on the handling of this issue is just as relevant as all the liberals who have bashed George Bush for the same issue for the last 8 years.

    December 29, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. Bren

    The Republicans have EVERY right to use the Christmas Day botched terrorist attempt, Fort Hood, the shootings at the Army Recruiting Center in Arkansas, etc.--against the Democrats.

    Citizens want to feel safe and secure-–and they want their children/grandchildren to be safe and secure. And, Obama and the Democrats have failed miserably at this.

    Obama, Holder, Napolitano, and the Democrats-–are placing US citizens and our country at increased risk.

    Obama, Holder, Napolitano, etc.---have attacked/neutored the CIA-they can't even interrogate the Christmas Day terrorist--in order to determine if more attacks are planned.

    Welcome to Obamaland-–the Christmas Day terrorist was read his miranda rights, arrested, and now has a hearing scheduled to determine whether or not he should be allowed out on bail.

    December 29, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |

    Shame, shame, shame, Pete Hoekstra! There is no chance that you will win the nomination let alone becme the governor of the great state of Michigan!

    December 29, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. Get Serious

    Here we go again. Be afraid, very afraid. Breaking News Republicans... the terrroists are attacking America...not Democrats or Republicans While both parties should be trying to find out what happened and put security in place so that this doesn't happen again, the elected leaders attack each other and blame the other for political gain. This is a serious issue. I wish the elected officals would take this seriously.

    December 29, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Bill

    The audacity of Liberal's to complain about a conservative who is unafraid to call the Obama admin for what it is... Weak!

    Let's talk ethics.... this coward in chief, going against the wishes of 70% of electorate, is using your tax dollars to buy votes for a disasterous HC bill. Ethics?

    Come on lib's, when are you going to stop defending these gutless remarks and actions and start demanding the liberties that our country stands for....

    Bring Hoekstra to Texas, I would vote for him...twice. Oh sorry, you can only vote twice in Chicago, when acorn is involved and when it is a liberal...

    December 29, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    A meaningful strike against Al Qaeda in Yemen–with explosives, not statements–would weaken Republican criticism of the President, if the attack comes quickly enough.

    December 29, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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