Area Republicans Lash Out Over Controversial Link on Democratic Website - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/04

Area Republicans Lash Out Over Controversial Link on Democratic Website

As if Neugebauer versus Stenholm wasn't negative enough - now their respective parties are at each others throats.

"Don't buy the rhetoric," said Robert Pratt, Lubbock GOP chairman, lashing out at lubbockdemocrats.org over some inflammatory content. When you click the banner it takes you to a site which attempts to draw a direct comparison between President Bush and Adolf Hitler.

Under the president's picture an alleged quote. "God told me to strike Al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East." Then, out of the darkness, a picture of Adolf Hitler. "I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. I am doing the Lord's work."

"Charlie Stenholm's local democratic party has posted these examples of extremism and hatred on their local website," blasted Pratt. "Were you aware of that?" we asked Congressman Stenholm. "No, I was not aware of that. But that sounds to me like an issue between the Lubbock Republican and Democratic parties," he said.

NewsChannel 11 contacted lubbockdemocrats.org who said they did not know who authorized the link to be placed on the website. By 4:30 in the afternoon it was gone, but the bad taste still lingered. "I wish both parties, if my party is doing it I would call on them to stop. But it's the pot calling the kettle black right now as far as the Republican party criticizing my party for negatives when they continue to do it," said Stenholm.

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