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The campus right calls out Etheridge

A bit late, the venerable conservative group Young Americans for Freedom is calling on Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) to resign after grappling with a young man who was asking him whether he supported President Obama's agenda.

"If the roles had been reversed," says YAF executive director Jordan Marks in a statement, "it is certain that the student would have been promptly arrested. YAF is calling on Congressman Etheridge to resign and turn himself into the local police station for assaulting the student."

Campus Reform, a project of the conservative Leadership Institute -- one graduate of which is named James O'Keefe -- has also come out to support the people who asked Etheridge the question, dubbing it "video activism in action."

"This simple video activism by these students has crippled the political career of a seven-term congressman," writes Tony Listi. "It didn't cost a lot of money, and it didn't take a lot of time. All it took was a couple dedicated students with cameras."

Neither group, however, has any affiliation with the people who asked the question.

"My staff found the piece on YouTube and posted it on our Web site," said LI president Morton Blackwell. "I hope Congressman Etheridge didn’t hurt the arm of the fellow who was trying to interview him."

YAF's statement below the fold:

Greetings!

Congressman Bob Etheridge, D-NC, when returning from a Pelosi fundraiser assaulted a college student who simply asked him, "Do you fully support the Obama agenda"?

He grabbed the college student by the wrist and neck several times, repeatedly asking "Who are you?"

Congressman Bob Etheridge's conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress. It's bad enough that he's joined Obama's assault on North Carolina jobs, but his physical assault on a college student goes too far!

If the roles had been reversed, it is certain that the student would have been promptly arrested.

YAF is calling on Congressman Etheridge to resign and turn himself into the local police station for assaulting the student. Please watch the video below and pass and call Congressman Etheridge's office telling him to step down!

In Freedom,

Jordan Marks
Executive Director
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)

By David Weigel  |  June 15, 2010; 1:37 PM ET
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