New Info: Congressman Releases Statement About Altercation On Video

The North Carolina GOP Chairman says he wants the committee to investigate representative Bob Etheridge's altercation with a young man in Washington.

Wednesday, Tom Fetzer wrote the letter to the Chairman of the Committee on House Administration requesting Capitol Police to start the investigation.

Etheridge, who represents Nash County and others in the Raleigh area apologized Monday for his reaction when two college students asked him if he fully supported president Obama's agenda.

In the video Etheridge is seen grabbing the young man's arm and the back of his neck.

Fetzer says it's ironic that Etheridge's name is attached to anti-bullying legislation now making its way through congress.

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A conservative Web entrepreneur says he didn't pay two men with a video camera questions prompted a Democratic North Carolina congressman to lash out at them.

The online video shows a confrontation between a Congressman Bob Etheridge and two men who claim they are college students.

Etheridge represents North Carolina's second district includes Nash County and multiple counties around Raleigh.

In the video, Etheridge is walking down the street, reportedly in Washington D.C., when two men approach him with a camera and ask Etheridge "Do you fully support the Obama agenda?"

The video shows Etheridge repeatedly asking the men who they are while appearing to try and grab the camera. The video also shows Etheridge holding one man's arm and then his neck. The man is heard asking Etheridge to let him go.

The video appeared on websites owned by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart. He's also known for posing as a pimp in a video sting that targeted the community organizing group ACORN.

Breitbart declined Monday to reveal the names of the two men but says neither works for him and they were not paid.

WITN requested a statement from Etheridge's office Monday morning and received the following just before 1:00 p.m. Monday.

“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.” -- Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC-02)

Etheridge has been in Congress since 1997. Challenger Renee Ellmers won the GOP primary in May and is running again Etheridge in the November general election.


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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    Another career politician. North Carolina has the worst bunch of career politicians, from John Edwards, Bev Perdue, Mike Easly, Jim Black, I just do not think we can get any worse.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Shame on him, Obama, as CIC of all government agencies, has the authority by law; Section 311/Oil and Hazardous Substances Spills Program -- Section 311 of the CWA addresses pollution from oil and hazardous substance releases, providing EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard with the authority to establish a program for preventing, preparing for, and responding to oil spills or hazardous substances that reach or may reach surface waters. The program is designed to prepare for and respond to any oil spill affecting the inland waters of the U.S.
  • by Shame on him! on Jun 17, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    Love to see that OSO is still smoking idk what...conspiracy and all that Obama controls. If people would realize that the President really doesnt have as much power aS they think...dont get me wrong he does have some but i wouldnt be worrying about a guy who hasnt been in office for long what scares me all others who have been there for long plus this Republican behaved like an animal...the question couldve been a yes or no question. Plus this scum is representing us...Shame on him! and who supports his actions!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 17, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    Common Sense, the FBI works for Mr obama, Mr Obama worked for ACORN. So, when hackers went after her email that is not assault or harrassment? So when I guy moves next door and she has to put of a 14 foot fence to protect her families privacy, this isn't assault or harrassment? Are you a Cuban national?
  • by Kathryn Morgan Location: Manteo on Jun 17, 2010 at 04:24 AM
    Mr.Etheridge probably should have asked more questions of the boys regarding their background. However, I am unsure as to why the boys would not identify themselves and the college/university they represented. With the recent "threats" made against politicians on both sides of the aisle, Etheridge's response is not totally unfounded. I support an investigation but he shouldn't be removed from office and I'm sure he won't be. If we are going to discuss removing people from office let's discuss policy and just saying O'Bama's or the democrat's policies are "bad" isn't making an argument. Most of the people who comment and say all the democrats should be removed from office can't tell you why other than they have bad policy. Start thinking for yourselves and evaluate policy and people by your own standards, not that of Limbaugh. Doesn't he have a drug addiction, for all of you who want to associate support of O'Bama and the democrats with crackheads.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jun 17, 2010 at 03:21 AM
    This is bad behavior on Etheridge's part plain and simple, partisan politics aside. If this were between husband and wife it would be called domestic violence and the congressman would be arrested and jailed, never again to be able to posses a firearm. At the very least it's called misdemeanor battery and the student should file charges. So all those defending Etheridge put that in your crackpipe and smoke it. If someone were to grab me like that this old veteran would punch their lights out.
  • by ray Location: grenville on Jun 17, 2010 at 01:00 AM
    the boys could have done this right by tell him there name and why they were there just coming up to him like that i would have done the same thing
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 16, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    Another Dumbobrats political career bites the dust. Good riddance!Take Bev with you.Please.
  • by oldtimer Location: eastern NC on Jun 16, 2010 at 06:14 PM
    I have watched the video a number of times. The young men asking the question did not stick a camera phone into the Congressman's face while asking the question. Not until Mr. Etheridge grabbed him by the wrist does the other hand with the phone come up. Perhaps the phone hand came up to balance himself as the Congressman jerked him around. Look at the video again. The question was not asked in a threatening manner. It could even have been interpreted either way. The student could even have been a supporter of President Obama by the way the question was asked.
  • by Common Sense Location: E NC on Jun 16, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    OK, OSOC, tell us what ACORN has been convicted of. And I haven't seen any statement from the FBI regarding this video. If you guys can't constantly make up lie after lie you have no argument. And to Anonymous, Sarah Palin had trouble with a few nutcases, but there was never any organized effort to assault of harass her. Remember now, asking someone a question that they give a ridiculous answer to is NOT assault.
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