Below is the video that forced U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) to issue a public apology today. It clearly shows the congressman putting a hold on the young man:
Ethridge posted the following statement on his official website:
“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.”
Helen Thomas, the longtime White House journalist, was done in by sidewalk video last month. And now Etheridge.
Throughout Washington, chiefs of staff are handing out laminated wallet cards to their bosses, with words that go something like this:
“Good afternoon, young man. I thank you for your interest in your country’s doings. Could I have your name, please? No? Why, where I come from, we always expect a man to put his own name behind his own words. But I suppose times and morality are always changing. My goodness! Look at the time! Good day, gentlemen.”
That’s what they should be saying. If there are other versions, we’d love to read them.
WTVD, a Raleigh TV station, reports that no charges have been filed related to the incident, which helps explain why the media is not calling this a case of assault. The TV station also reports that Etheridge’s Republican opponent denies knowing anything about the sidewalk videographers.
For instant updates, follow me on Twitter.