David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

Poor political choices

In the annals of really dumb constituency relations decisions, this one is tough to beat:

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with [Pennsylvania] Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying "our government" is against the war. ...

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us," Goodrich said. "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."

The governor of Pennsylvania is planning to handle the apology personally: he's sending a personal letter to the family, and will have Knoll send one too once she gets out of the woodshed, which probably won't be any time soon. For what it's worth, though, the military and their families seem to be taking this kind of thing pretty well in stride.

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