Marty Trillhaase, at the Lewiston Tribune in Idaho, is reporting that one prominent Republican Congressman from Idaho and both of that’s state’s U.S. Senators were asked to repudiate Rep. Michele Bachmann for raising questions about Huma Abedin. Trillhaase is not happy with any of them for refusing to do so.
JEERS … to U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, all R-Idaho. Given the opportunity to repudiate Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s assault on a loyal American diplomat, these three took a pass.
In a letter to the Inspector General, Bachmann asserted Huma Abedin, a veteran aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “has three family members – her late father, her mother and her brother – connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy-making.”
Abedin, 37, is a native-born American and the wife of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., condemned Bachmann – and the four House memebers who signed her letter – as “nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”
But when the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board asked Labrador about it, he said: “I think we would be foolish to think that people are not trying to infiltrate our government… I would hope she’s smart enough to have enough evidence to make a statement like that.”
Crapo and Risch had even less to say.
If they won’t consider their prestige, perhaps they will think of ours.
Idaho’s good name already bears the stain of Sen. Herman Welker, who was so supportive of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s red-baiting tactics of the 1950s that he was dubbed “Little Joe from Idaho.”
Trillhaase’s willful ignorance of facts notwithstanding, that these Republicans chose to avoid the path of McCain, Boehner, Rubio, Brown, Sensenbrenner, and fellow Republican congressman from Idaho, Mike Simpson – who all criticized Bachmann and defended Abedin – speaks volumes about the evidence that has surfaced about Abedin since Bachmann, et. al. wrote the initial letters back on June 13th.
Later in his screed, Trillhaase applauded Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), who came out publicly on the side of Abedin last week.
It’d be nice to see Republicans come to the side of Bachmann, Gohmert, Franks, Westmoreland, and Rooney instead of choosing not to remain neutral but hey, this is a start.
By the way, Labrador is known to be a bit of a bulldog when he wants to be. Here he is back on February 2nd, in his role as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, grilling Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious.