Some Democrats have been attacked or threatened over passage of healthcare reform. Now, GOP leaders are fighting back against suggestions that their party is somehow responsible.
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Republican leaders are fighting back against suggestions that the GOP is somehow responsible for attacks and threats against Democrats over passage of healthcare reform.
At a press conference Thursday, Rep. Eric Cantor (R) of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, said that he too had been attacked – and then accused Democrats of trying to exploit the actions against their members for political purposes.
“It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain,” Representative Cantor said. “That is why I have deep concerns that some – [Democratic campaign] chairman Chris Van Hollen and [national Democratic] chairman Tim Kaine in particular – are dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon.”
Cantor also said that someone had shot a bullet through the window of his Richmond campaign office on Monday and that he had received threatening e-mails.
At the heart of the frenzy is an intense partisan battle for public opinion over healthcare reform, which will be a key issue in the fall midterms. Some Republicans have voiced concern that media coverage of the attacks against Democrats could discredit legitimate opposition to healthcare reform.