- - Friday, September 27, 2013

Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the Benghazi, Libya, killings. Two of the victims’ parents, Charles Woods and Patricia Smith, were given an opportunity to speak before the committee. Just prior to their turns to speak, 15 Democrats left the hearing. The only two Democrats remaining were Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Jackie Speier of California.

The names of those who reportedly left the hearing ought not go unlisted. They are Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Danny K. Davis and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia, Jim Cooper of Tennessee, John F. Tierney and Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Peter Welch of Vermont, Steven A. Horsford of Nevada, Tony Cardenas of California, William Lacy Clay of Missouri and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Shame on them all. This move was nothing short of appalling. We must all let them know how we feel about this.

MARGARET MILLER

Laurel