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VIDEO: Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) Scuffles With Student Journalist

On his way out of a Democratic fundraiser headlined by Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) got physical with a student journalist.
Video posted to YouTube today shows Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-NC, tussling with two men who approached him on a sidewalk asking about his support for the Obama administration. One of the men, who identifies himself as a student, asks, "Do you fully support the Obama agenda?" Etheridge responds by asking three times, "Who are you?" The man says, "I'm here for a project, sir." The congressman swats at the camera and grabs the man's wrist at 0:23, refusing to let go. When the student declines to say which university he is affiliated with, the congressman grabs the man by his neck at 0:44 before finally letting go.
The video was posted to the YouTube channel of Larry O'Connor, who blogs at right-winger Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism and hosts a conservative internet radio show. It's not clear if O'Connor sent the students to confront Etheridge. It's a pretty creepy clip. Pam Spaulding thinks Etheridge should be arrested.

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