When Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the head of the Republicans’ new Benghazi committee, appeared on msnbc and criticized fundraising “on the backs of four murdered Americans,” he probably didn’t realize the trouble he’d just created for his party.
The same morning Gowdy made the comments, the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out a fundraising appeal on Benghazi – specifically referencing Gowdy.
This morning, NBC News’ Luke Russert asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) about the increasingly controversial fundraising (thanks to my colleague Mike Yarvitz for the heads-up).
RUSSERT: Speaker Boehner, four Americans died in Benghazi, should the NRCC fundraise off of your efforts in the Select committee?BOEHNER: Our focus is on getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones, period.RUSSERT: But should the NRCC, they are fundraising off it right now, is that the best thing to do?BOEHNER: Our focus is getting the truth for these American families and for the American people.RUSSERT: But the campaign committee which you are very involved in is fundraising off this, why is that happening?BOEHNER: Our focus is getting the truth for the American people and these four families.
In other words, the Speaker doesn’t want to talk about it. His “focus” is on questions that have already been answered, while watching his party hit up Republicans for campaign contributions “on the backs of four murdered Americans.”
Democrats can’t decide whether to boycott a rigged investigatory process. Republicans can’t decide whether the rigged investigatory process should be exploited for cash.
At this point, Boehner wasn’t willing to admit the truth because his party has already made a decision: it’s inclined to ignore Gowdy’s declaration.
Republicans have no intention of listening to Trey Gowdy.A number of Republican candidates and conservative groups have openly used the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as a cash grab. And that’s likely to continue despite a strongly worded rebuke from the new chairman of the Republican select committee assigned to investigate the response to the attacks.
In other words, Republicans have their cash cow and it’s simply too lucrative to give up, propriety be damned.
For what it’s worth, I’ve looked around quite a bit this week and I can’t find any evidence that any Democrat tried to raise money off the 1983 terrorist bombing in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen – before, during, or after the congressional investigation into the attack.