Filner “regrets” episode at airport
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) has apparently returned from his “support the troops” trip and has issued the statement his people said he’d give after allegedly assaulting an airline employee at Dulles International airport earlier this month. After his office called the reports of his actions “factually incorrect” and “ridiculous”, Filner only had this to say on the matter:
Filner, D-Calif., offered few details of the Aug. 19 incident in a three-sentence statement issued after he returned from a week in Iraq.
“I was tired after a delayed flight and frustrated by the subsequent further delay of the entire flight’s baggage. But I did not want things to turn out as they did, with offense obviously taken and much misunderstanding,” the statement said.
“This is an episode that I regret and hope to move beyond.”
Yeah, Bob, I’m sure everyone involved “regrets” the episode. I’m sure the employee you strong-armed (a woman, not a man as I had implied in my earlier post) “regrets” the episode. What I’m not hearing is you apologizing and saying you won’t do it again. What we’re also not hearing is how the earlier reports were “factually incorrect.” What facts were incorrect, sir? Or was that your office spewing out whatever weasel-words are in the current playbook you guys use in preparation to distract everyone from the fact that you penetrated a secure zone at an airport?
Said action would have seen me get arrested and charged criminally, by the way. You, on the other hand, appear to have walked away from it.
I’m glad now that the employee filed against you herself. It seems pretty obvious we’re not going to see the law applied to you any other way.
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