Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spitting on Their Graves: Democrats Leave Benghazi Hearing Before Testimony From Families of Victims

During the second portion of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about Benghazi Thursday on Capitol Hill, the majority of Democrats on the Committee left the room and refused to listen to the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods. Ms. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in the 9/11 Benghazi attack. Charles Woods is the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was also killed. - Katie Pavlich/Townhall

The only Democrats who stayed were Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jackie Speier.

Benghazi Hearing 9/19/2013 Full Hearing.

Sean Smith's mother and Ty Woods' father's testimony begins at 4:50.

Walk of Shame - List of Names - Carol Platt Liebau/Townhall

So who were these people? Chairman Issa's spokesman reported that fourteen Democrats attended the first part of the hearing. There are 18 Democrats on the committee. That means that 4 didn't attend any of the hearing, and 12 others walked out.

Below is a list of the congressmen whose staffs confirmed they attended yesterday's hearing. These are people who evidently walked out without waiting to hear from the families of those murdered in Benghazi: (CONTACT LINKS INCLUDED HERE)

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia
Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Massachusetts
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia
Rep. Mark Pocan, Wisconsin
Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois***
Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois
Rep. Tony Cardenas, California
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
** Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth should, in my view, be particularly ashamed, as she is a veteran of the Iraq war, a former assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and a former Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

The following offices either couldn't or wouldn't provide an answer about the simple whereabouts of congressmen yesterday -- so they may or may not have been at the hearing:

Rep. John F. Tierney, Massachusetts. (This office wins the dubious distinction of having the rudest staff)
Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, Missouri (This office had yet to open at 9:30 this morning)
Rep. Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvannia
Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont
Rep. Steven Horsford, Nevada
Finally, these two offices noted that the congressmen hadn't attended any of yesterday's hearing.

Rep. Jim Cooper, Tennessee
Rep. Robin Kelly, Illinois