June 14th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Etheridge apologizes for confrontation

(CNN) - Rep. Bob Etheridge apologized Monday for his physical confrontation with two young men who identified themselves as students and asked if the North Carolina Democrat "fully supports the Obama agenda."

"I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina , I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."

Earlier: Congressman involved in on-camera confrontation

Filed under: Bob Etheridge
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Lib Hunter

    Democrats are scumbags. It's truly amazing that anyone in this country supports such a morally deprived party. DISGRACE

    June 14, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Steve- Illinois

    7 term Congressman, it's time for him to go! 14 years and this is the results he has to show for it! We need to cleanse Congress of these career politicians and elect people wo will truly represent their electorate! These types of actions just shows the disdain and contempt these members of Congress have for the American people! Remember Harry Reid saying he could smell the tourists?
    These egotistical old mules need to be sent home, and not just the Democrats! Republicans too!!

    Until we change the type of people we elect, we will never see change!

    Common Sense!

    June 14, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Hangar 13

    Wouldn't this be Page One stuff if it were a Republican Congressman? Still more evidence that the current US government has degenerated into a thugocracy.

    June 14, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Jen

    Now he needs to go to jail!

    June 14, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Alice Martin

    The voters of North Carolina will have the chance this fall to show the rest of the country that they do not condone psychos representing them! Those boys were neither intrusive or partisan...he lost his faculties...throw the bum out!!!

    June 14, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. malabar

    Remember when Michael Moore . . .

    June 14, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Jon

    To little to late bubba! You assaulted a kid. Appologatic words are insufficient, resignation for ASSAULTING a KID is the only acceptable response.

    June 14, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Independent voter

    Question for Pelosi.....

    Is Etheridge a Tea Party member? If not, maybe he should join the Tea party to learn some manners.

    June 14, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. ken mcclurkin

    Another example of elitist polotician.

    June 14, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. rob

    "I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response."

    So these two young men were "Intrusive and Partisan"? That may play well with the idiots who post on this site and the liberal media but hopefully the good people in his district will realize who he really is and send him packing come Nov. 2nd.

    June 14, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Gene

    As for me I don't buy his apologies as he doesn't have a choice when all his carrier now depends on what he has done. But I know for sure what he is now. I think I will vote for a republican.

    June 14, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Grizzlymama

    I think this is hysterical. Didn't take him long to say "I'm sorry". Sent the video all over the internet this morning, hope it goes viril. Also called his office and told his staff that his bully antics only tell us who he really is. I wish their had been a police officer around.
    The Progressives are behaving like thugs, it doesn't go over well with America but they think an appology fixes it.
    Oh no, no the American people have great memories. Can't wait for Nov. 2010 election......

    June 14, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Slick William

    Apologize? I bet if he wouldn't have done what he did had that been a full grown man. He would of been picking himself up off the ground, when he awoke from a stiff upper cut to the sleep button!
    If I were that kid, he would be answering to assault and battery charges.

    June 14, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. BB

    Well......does he fully support the Obama Agenda?
    If not, then all he is, is a DINO. Don't waste our time
    pretending you're a Democrat Etheridge

    June 14, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. obama victim

    resign now you democrat scumbag

    June 14, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. novaculus

    So, is he going to return the cell phone he stole from the victim?

    June 14, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Ghost

    He should be given a pink slip.

    June 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Mike

    This guy sucks. I would have slapped him across the face and made sure he knew why, then had him arrested for assult. Self defense is a great thing!

    June 14, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Paul

    He'll have plenty of time for anger management courses after November.

    June 14, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. giantsmets

    He should be arrested for assault. I'm guessing by his actions he supports checking id's in Arizona, and checking them by force.(tongue in cheek)

    June 14, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Chad

    Bu-bye Rep Etherridge. The video was shocking and I can tell you that you do not represent a government for and by the people. You should be ashamed. I cannot wait unt il November to vote you out.

    June 14, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Hoop

    Resign scumbag. Then go to the DA's office and sign a confession. Otherwise your words are meaningless bull.

    June 14, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Cassie

    The Congressman's actions are disgraceful.

    June 14, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. stevegee

    Gotta love it when a liberal self-destructs .. Bye-bye Bob. You just lost your bid for re-election.

    Who am I? A patriot who opposes everything you, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats (aka socialists) stand for.

    Wake up people! In November 2010, vote American, vote Republican.

    June 14, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Mike Pettus

    What....ever!!! Go ahead and retire now!!

    June 14, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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