Wow, now this is what I call class. Eric Cantor in attempts to voice his displeasure with union organization AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). AFSCME along with Americans United for Change, started running ads targeting Cantor for encouraging Republican opposition to the economic recovery plan. The House whip reacted with an ad of his own, depicting AFSCME workers as curse-spewing bullies:
This is something you might see from a private citizen, but an elected official I think not. As a state representative Eric Cantor represents every citizen in his district and even his state. For him to act in such an immature and childish manner is not what the people of Virginia elected him to do.
Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change, responded more forcefully:
"Does Eric Cantor believe that peddling profanity-laced filth around the Internet is consistent with the values of the people of Virginia or the country? This is childish, inappropriate and disgusting behavior from someone who is supposed to be a leader in Congress and a role model to others. Eric Cantor's response to one of the most serious crises facing America in our lifetimes is to spread this filth, denigrate government employees and treat the current economic crisis like a joke. This video has been floating around on YouTube for years - but Eric Cantor's use of it in this context shows how completely and utterly out of touch he is with the current economic crisis and the lives of his constituents. Eric Cantor should be ashamed and he should apologize."
I would think and apology is the least Mr. Cantor can do at this point. We will see how much attention this gets from the right-wing sites. They are quick to attack the left and quick to defend the right.
THANKS TO Greg Sargent's Blog for posted this story.