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Dem Gerry Connolly defends White House: They’re ‘issues,’ not ‘scandals’

- The Washington Times - Friday, May 24, 2013

Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly said the media has no business using the word "scandal" to describe the ongoing challenges to truth that are beating down the White House, the president and his administration these past weeks.

Instead, the issues plaguing the White House of late are just that — "issues" that need "to be addressed," he said, in Buzz Feed.

Specifically, Mr. Connolly was critical of how Republicans, and some in the media, were portraying the administration's reaction to the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks at America's facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left four dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. He also decried how the last couple weeks' of administration scandals were being portrayed – like the Internal Revenue Service fiasco, and the Justice Department-Associated Press records' seizure, Buzz Feed reported.

"I think when the media repeats the word 'scandals' you are repeating partisan lines," he said, Buzz Feed reported. "They are issues that have occurred that have to be addressed. I don't think they rise to the level of a scandal. We had a bunch of idiots at IRS in Cincinnati who didn't know how to aggregate a flood of tax-exempt applications ... but this is not some major scandal in the order of magnitude like Watergate. That's absurd."

Mr. Connolly also described Benghazi as "a tragedy," but added that "it has no traction" and would soon fall under America's radar, Buzz Feed reported.

"They [Republicans] can continue to talk about it to feed their base, they forget we have a base too," Mr. Connolly said, in Buzz Feed. "Everytime they do that they are firing up our base too and alienating moderate and swing voters."

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