Saturday, October 22, 2011

Texas Congressman Disrespects Retired Generals In Congressional Hearing, Then Says In Fundraising Letter They "Attacked" Him

Last week, two retired US Generals, Barry McCaffery and Robert Scales, gave testimony to Congress about their findings on border security along the Texas/Mexico border.

In the last couple of years, there have been incursions by air and vehicle by the Mexican military, threats of violence from drug cartels, and one US citizen killed and his body unrecovered from Falcon Lake.

But Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo, TX took such offense to the generals' findings that he took the opportunity to show them utter disrespect in the Congressional hearing.

As a result of the piece above from Greta van Susteren, now Cuellar's office is using the clip above as a fundraiser, attacking Fox News and the generals for attacking...him (Rio Grande Guardian).

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar’s re-election team has turned disparaging remarks about the Texas-Mexico border region by two retired generals into a campaign fundraising opportunity.

In an email sent to supporters on Tuesday, Jessica Hernandez, finance assistant for Texans for Henry Cuellar, highlighted the recent appearance of retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey and retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Scales on Fox News.

...Hernandez responded with this message to supporters in her email:

“Last week two retired Generals appeared before a hearing on Capitol Hill to explain how they reached their finding that the border area of Texas was a war zone. After failing to answer the most basic questions about their compensation ($80,000 of tax dollars) and their methodologies, they turned to Fox News to attack Cong. Henry Cuellar for asking these basic questions,” Hernandez wrote.

“Now, with the help of Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren, they have launched an attack on Cong. Cuellar's integrity. They even went so far as to selectively edit the video to downplay the missing data and false conclusions.”

Hernandez asked supporters to help Cuellar “stop these lies and distortions” by clicking on a link to make an online financial contribution to his re-election campaign.

“These retired Generals refused to admit how much they were paid, did not know how many interviews were conducted, failed to interview local sheriffs and police chiefs, and provided only anecdotal evidence to reach the false conclusion that doing business in border counties is like ‘operating in a war zone’,” Hernandez wrote.

“As those of you who live in the border area, travel there or do business there know...this statement is 100 percent false and not based in reality.”

Hernandez then posted Cuellar’s response.

“Business on the border is booming. False, baseless attacks like this harm our public image and weaken our economy by spreading misinformation that might discourage companies from doing business along the border. As a lifelong resident of the border and a pro-business, pro-jobs Congressman, I will continue to fight back against these attacks on our community, our economy and our character,” Cuellar said.

Hernandez urged supporters to help Cuellar stand up to “outsiders” who are “using attacks on the border business community to further their own personal, political agendas.” She said contributions of $5, $10, $25, $100 or more could be made.

“Ms. Van Susteren and the retired Generals owe Cong. Cuellar an apology,” Hernandez wrote. “They attacked the border community with zero evidence, and now they are attacking the Congressman's character, honesty and integrity...again, with zero evidence.”

She added that it is “our community, our reputation and our economy at stake. Stand with Cong. Cuellar today.”

Hernandez concluded by providing a link to the Fox “attack” on Cuellar.

Hey Congressman, would you like some cheese with that Whine?

So who has their heads in the sand when it comes to the border....the generals or Cuellar.

Well, Cuellar doesn't have a problem with hispanic supremacist advocacy groups like LULAC or La Raza (translated: The Race), as seen in this 2007 Lou Dobbs clip.

In 2007, he attacked Webb County Sheriff Rick Flores for calling the Laredo border area a "war zone."

What was Cuellar's response to Mexican military incursions on the Texas border? In 2010, he said the federal government was "aware of the issue." When a Mexican military truck crossed the bridge in Laredo, Pro 8 reported:

Today we spoke to Congressman Henry Cuellar about the situation who says while he respects our counterparts across the border they must provide a better reason for the crossing, but he continues to support the troops being in Mexico.

Support the troops in Mexico? WTF? Looks like the Congressman has a real lackadaisical attitude, and shows more respect for the army of our southern neighbor than retired US Army generals assessing security for America.

This is a guy who needs to be defeated in 2012.

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