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Article posted Jun 20 2010, 3:03 PM Category: Politics/Corruption Source: Washington Examiner Print

Rep. Etheridge, D-N.C., has a history of grabbing kids who ask questions

By: Mark Hemingway

After Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., was caught on tape grabbing and shaking college kids who asked him a question on the street earlier this week, a North Carolina newspaper reports that this is not the first time Etheridge has done this sort of thing:
Brandon Leslie, who moved away seven years ago and is now an attorney in Oxford, Miss., said he had an encounter with the now seven-term Democratic congressman from Lillington almost 14 years ago.

In the fall of 1996, when Leslie was a senior at Pinecrest High School, he said he met Etheridge at a Pinecrest football game. Etheridge – then the state superintendent of public instruction – was challenging incumbent Republican David Funderburk for his congressional seat. At the time, Moore County was part of the 2nd District, which Etheridge now represents.

Leslie said he introduced himself to Etheridge and asked him about his stance on a particular education program. He said Etheridge didn’t answer his question, so he pressed him two more times.

“And that’s when he grabbed me by the shoulders, he shook me, and I’ll never forget it, he said, ‘Son, you need to learn to respect your elders,’” he said by phone on Wednesday. “I was just so taken aback, I think my jaw just dropped, and he walked off.”

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