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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