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Congressman Bob Etheridge Attacks College Student (UPDATED)


Wow. Two thoughts:

1) What's with the "hug" at the end of the clip? The Congressman seems to be trying to show the kid's face to the camera, but in the process it looks like he is attempting to show affection.

2) In the opening seconds of the clip, the question/answer is posited, "What happens when a U.S. Representative meets a college kid on the street in Washington? He goes berserk!" While I understand the reasoning for the dramatic question and answer, this is surely a very rare occurrence. The authors of the video make it seem as if any U.S. Representative would react in this manner -- and of course that is simply not the case.

You can see a couple of different camera angles here. Question: will the college guy press charges? If so, will they stick? I'm going to defer to those with backgrounds in law, but it appears to me that this kid has a legitimate complaint on his hands, if he were to pursue legal action.

At the very least, Congressman Etheridge will likely have a re-election problem on his hands...

Head nod: CollegePolitico

UPDATE:: The congressman (not surprisingly) issues an apology:
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.
Still, nasty. He's going to be doing damage control for some time the rest of his political career.

...and I added the 'mea culpa' tag.