February 11, 2009

(Profanity laced video)

The second most powerful Republican House member, Eric Cantor sent out the above disgusting video bashing AFSCME because AFSCME has targeted him as a "just say no" man to the stimulus package.

As an Italian American I understand the fascination with the mafia, yes I loved "The Godfather," but when a powerful House Republican uses it to smear hard working Americans, Italians and the Unions---I think he's crossed a big line and I'm upset. Here's a news flash for Rep Eric Cantor. My uncle never took an ice pick and stabbed my cousin in the head with it while playing Pinochle because he lost a game. Should I call an emergency meeting at the Knights of Columbus to discuss this? And the fact that Eric Cantor is an advocate against of all things "profanity" just underscores the hypocrisy of the entire Republican party.

CANTOR: The use of obscenity…should not and cannot be tolerated. As a parent, I share the concerns of many regarding the level of offensive television and radio programs that are transmitted into our homes. The recent violations that have occurred disgusted not only me, but damage our society.

If Cantor was really concerned with profanity, this video would not be making the rounds coming from his own office. He has proved himself a fraud on every level at the expense of every Italian American and hard working family member of this country.

I'm calling on the HOUSE to immediately censure Cantor and he should be forced to step down from a leadership position in the Republican party.

As Greg Sargent reports:

GOP House leader Eric Cantor’s office has come up with an intriguing response to the AFSCME ad blitz targeting GOP leaders: Sending over a video that portrays AFSCME union members as 1970s-era goons.

Cantor spokesperson Brad Dayspring emails me the vid, stressing that it’s meant as a joke:

The GOP leadership didn’t make the vid, but it’s Cantor’s office’s (joke) response. It’s not immediately clear what the vid is, but it appears to be a 1970s AFSCME public service announcement with a newly added voice-over by a tough-talking, cursing goombah.

Brad Woodhouse from AFSCME responds:

This is a childish and disgusting response to one of the most serious crises facing America in our lifetimes. This spoof of AFSCME has been floating around on YouTube for years — but its use in this context shows how completely and utterly out of touch with the current economic crisis and the lives of Americans Eric Cantor and the GOP leadership really is. Cantor should apologize.

And Cantor has found his "fall guy"

GOP Rep Eric Cantor’s spokesperson, Brad Dayspring, sends over an apology and makes it clear that his boss had nothing to do with the whole thing.

Yea, right. Just like Michael Corleone had no idea who killed his sister's husband. You can be sure that if a Democratic politician had sent out a video like this about Republicans, it would be looped on cable TV news endlessly with FOX in the lead. With all the appropriate profanity protections included. But forget about the media for a minute, Cantor should not be given a free pass for this despicable act.

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