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February 8, 2016

Vulnerable Democrats Vote for Benghazi Committee

Barber is one of several vulnerable Democrats who voted with Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Six House Democrats facing competitive challenges in November voted Thursday evening in favor of creating a special committee to re-investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Five of the seven Democrats who voted with the GOP are part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline program, which supports the party’s most vulnerable incumbents.

Those Frontline members, with their Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call race ratings, are:

  • Rep. Ron Barber of Arizona (Tossup)
  • Rep. John Barrow of Georgia (Leans Democratic)
  • Rep. Patrick Murphy (Leans Democratic)
  • Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II of West Virginia (Tossup)
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat Favored)
Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., also voted with Republicans for the special committee. He is not in the Frontline program, but his district is competitive and his race is currently rated Leans Democratic.Retiring Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina also voted for the measure.

Emma Dumain contributed to this report. 

  • Nicko Thime

    They wouldn’t be vulnerable if they called right-wing bulls— for what it is.

  • Reality_Calling

    Funny how being in a competitive district, where the voters aren’t going to vote according to party lines, but are actually going to hold politicians accountable forces a tiny bit of integrity into the Democrat party!

    When vulnerable Democrats and vulnerable Republicans all vote the same way, it’s a very good indicator that either the idea is very popular (not necessarily a good idea, but a popular one), OR that it’s the right thing to do.

    This is not a top issue for voters, but they also know it stinks to high heaven of a cover up during an election for political gain and they want the truth.

    ALL districts should be competitive!

  • Luis Bravo Sr.

    funny how Republicans freak out about how 6 Democrats are moving to the right on this ben ghazi non-issue but are not surprised when 230 Republicans vote for another Ben Ghazi investigation (way to the right) to try to gain leverage against Hillary in 2016. Six hypocrites vs. 230 hypocrites? Who is winning the hypocrite race championship?

  • Luis Bravo Sr.

    To make districts competitive we would need to end gerrymandering. We could in an instant end this procedure but its not going to happen. Computers could re-district after every census and leave the ego centered politicians holding the bag. Get it straight: Six vulnerable Democrats in Republican districts. Every other Democrat voted NO. So not indicator of good idea nor the right thing to do. Ask John McCain how much money was slatched from budget securing CIA bases that were posing as Diplomatic compounds; in areas were military dictators had been ousted and nation had no internal security mechanism to protect foreign diplomatic outpost.

  • meg

    They still voted yes whether they really wanted to or not. That’s what matters

  • meg

    Both sides have many hypocrites. This is not a contest.

  • davidx

    For comparison, please investigate the following unfortunate
    tragedies that occurred during the previous Bush administration:

    January 22, 2002.
    Calcutta, India.
    Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate.
    Five people are killed.

    June 14, 2002.
    Karachi, Pakistan.
    Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda
    attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

    February 28, 2003.
    Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

    May 12, 2003.
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people
    including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a
    truck bomb.

    July 30, 2004.
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
    A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S.
    Embassy, killing two people.

    December 6, 2004.
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall.
    Nine people are killed.

    March 2, 2006.
    Karachi, Pakistan again.
    Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people,
    including U.S.diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers.

    September 12, 2006.
    Damascus, Syria.
    Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy
    using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb.
    Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

    March 18, 2008.
    Sana’a, Yemen.
    Members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S.
    Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

    July 9, 2008.
    Istanbul, Turkey.
    Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate.
    Six people are killed.

    September 17, 2008.
    Sana’a, Yemen.
    Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an
    arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs.
    Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband.

    And of course, two other big tragedies need to be included:
    9/11 and Iraq’s WMD. Thousands died and still counting.

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