The Party of Sgt. Joseph Crowley « The Washington Independent
Glenn Thrush reports on how the National Republican Congressional Committee is attacking Democrats over President Obama’s comment that Sgt. Joseph Crowley and Cambridge police “acted stupidly” in arresting Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. for breaking into his own home and then complaining about the police showing up to investigate.
The NRCC is sending out a raft of releases to local media in Massachusetts — targeting, among others, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) who represents Cambridge.
The point here isn’t Capuano — his district is one of the most liberal in the country — but that the GOP is searching for issues that can recapture conservative Dems and independents by portraying the president as a cop-bashing liberal.
“Does Michael Capuano believe President Obama’s comments were becoming of someone who holds the highest office in the land?” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain.
I was just on a call with Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) in which Thrush asked the minority leader to weigh in; Boehner declined and said he only knew about the case from “newspaper reports.”