Looks like it's time to jump on the bandwagon. Today, Mr. Ed Readling of Hickory (a Republican, but I won't hold it against him this time) wrote a letter to the Hickory Daily Record: McHenry needs to be investigated.
This is my open letter explaining why, and demanding that our Democrat representatives pick this charge up. The gerrymandered 10th district has the first opportunity in a long time to show the world why Congressman Patrick McHenry is a disgrace to the district- let's not screw this up.
When Patrick McHenry was elected, he promised a lot of things- jobs, honesty, integrity, and other qualities that the Republicans of the 10th District elected him to accomplish. He promised them a representative that would fight for their needs in Congress and would work to bring Republican values to Congress. Unfortunately, what he didn't tell them was that his behavior would make him one of the biggest embarrassments in Congress to this date.
Patrick McHenry is now national news thanks to his insulting comments toward a security guard in Iraq- a security guard that only restricted him from entering a gym. But McHenry did not stop there- attempting one of the most ridiculous PR stunts since the Geraldo Rivera snafu in 2003, Patrick McHenry posted a video online that clearly pointed out the names, locations, and efficiency of rocket attacks by the enemy towards the Green Zone. Not two days after this video was available online, two (possibly three, depending on the news article) men were killed, and up to 17 were wounded- in attacks that were curiously more accurate and deadly than previous attacks. McHenry has not apologized for this action, nor has he even made an attempt to do anything but hide- he refuses to answer phone calls on the subject, and has only made his staffers go online with horribly Astroturfed blogs and made them continually post about what a "Military Supporter" McHenry is.
Apparently, Patrick McHenry is too arrogant to even admit he may have made a mistake.
Congressmen of the United States are called to serve their country, no matter their party affiliation or political goals. When a Congressman is potentially responsible for deaths, the news should not be hidden, shoved aside or otherwise made diminutive in the news in order to save a Politician's ego. It is an embarrassment that the blogosphere has had to spread the news- newspapers, and other news networks should have the integrity to investigate Patrick McHenry, no matter how much "power" he has in Washington.
That is why I believe that our Democratic (and even Republican, if they have the guts) representatives in Washington and in Raleigh should call for an investigation into Patrick McHenry's behavior in this attack, and I further want them to examine if Patrick McHenry is even fit for service as a representative of this district. Patrick McHenry, in my opinion, has committed treason toward the United States. Do not let this opportunity slip.
This is no longer about partisan hate. This post is not coming from a Democrat, it's coming from a citizen and a voter. If Patrick McHenry was a Democrat, I dare say I might still post demanding for his resignation: what Patrick McHenry did is wrong, no matter how you twist it, no matter what side of the fence you are on. Attacking Patrick McHenry is not an attack on the Republican party: it is an attack on his corruption.
All I ask of my fellow Democrats (and again, Republicans, if you even read this) is to contact your representatives (U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, The N.C. house, the Governor, etc...), no matter where you live, and call for them to openly demand the investigation of Patrick McHenry, and for them to bring this news to the table. Many of our representatives are too nervous of McHenry's political clout to challenge him: let's end that.
To find your local NC Representative:
Let's make damn sure that McHenry is never elected to office again- we owe it to the soldiers he may be responsible for killing.