2008 Weren’t We Just Hearing a Lot About the Impropriety of Seeming to Hope for a Political Foe’s Death?
posted by May 30 at 13:40 PMon
Today, Republican Congressman Dave Reichert reportedly told a joke at the Republican state convention that involved, as its punch-line, Hillary Clinton’s death.
Via the Tacoma News Tribune:
Right now, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is up. He repeated a joke I first heard him tell at the Pierce County Republicans’ Lincoln Day breakfast earlier this year. It involves an airplane that’s going to crash, one fewer parachute than passengers and, ultimately, Hillary Clinton dying.
The campaign of Reichert’s challenger, Democrat Darcy Burner, is out with this response:
“Congressman Reichert’s so-called “joke” today at the state Republican convention involving Senator Clinton falling to her death from a disabled airplane is offensive, tasteless and completely inappropriate. At a minimum, he owes the Senator an immediate public apology for personally disparaging her, especially since this is not a momentary lapse of judgment but rather something he has repeated publicly on at least two occasions before Republican audiences,” Burner campaign spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said.
“When Congressman Reichert goes before non-partisan audiences he likes to bemoan the loss of civility and lack of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. Apparently he does not really mean it, because when he gets before his fellow Republicans he takes a very different tone — this is just the latest unfortunate example of that.”