UPDATE: THE FUNERAL CRASHER
Michelle Malkin has a followup to the story of Lt.Gov Catherine Baker Knoll's desecration of a Marine holy site.
Seems the Governor has now issued this statement:
"Written apologies will be sent to a fallen Marine's relatives angered by Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll's uninvited appearance at the soldier's funeral and her criticism of the war in Iraq, Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday.
Rendell said he will send a personal letter to the family of the late Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, of Westwood, and will ask Knoll to do the same. Goodrich, 32, a police officer and infantry unit leader, died July 10 in a mortar attack in Hit, Iraq.
Rendell said he hadn't spoken with Knoll about the incident, but was disturbed by the family's charge that she made a political statement against the war.
"It's not the business of state government to support the war, but our state supports the men and women who are fighting this war," Rendell said during an appearance in Mt. Washington."
It's not the State Business to support the war???, but we support the troops fighting a war that we don't support.....What the $#&%@! is that Democratic horse crap!
Hey Rendell "your" state BETTER get in the Business of Supporting the War - there is a memorial in a field in your state - have you forgotten Flight 93?
Hell, You're telling me that Rendell makes a political statement to apologize for his underling's political statement, all before he even talks to her? What in the hell is going on!
Listen, er...Gov....how about dragging the carcass of that "dead wood", out to front and center and let's hear from her?
I think a little bit a Veteran letter writing campaign is necessary. Start with Knoll, her boss and move on to the Media.
Far as I'm concerned the "Lock and Load" is still on!
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin contacted the Lt.Gov Knoll's Office:
"I just got off the phone with Sal Sirabella, Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll's chief of staff. They are in the midst of drafting a letter of apology to Marine Sgt. Joseph Goodrich's family, which I will post as soon as Sirabella faxes it over. Sirabella read parts of the letter on the phone, and it will include boilerplate pablum about how Knoll "supports the troops" and is "sorry for the misunderstanding" (as if the family is somehow to blame for misinterpreting her anti-war sermonizing at Sgt. Goodrich's mass?).
Meantime, Sirabella says that Knoll has no plans to make herself available for public comment about her obnoxious crashing of Sgt. Goodrich's funeral. She will not hold a press conference. She will not take phone calls from the media. She will not address constituents who have complained or veterans who have protested.
If Knoll thinks the letter is going to put things to rest, she clearly misunderstands the situation."
You've got that right!
Go get 'em Michelle
UPDATE: Michelle has posted the Letter from Lt. Gov Knoll of apology to Sgt. Goodrich's wife.
My take: It still doesn't explain what in the hell was she was doing there in the first place? She wasn't invited. Did she just drive by? Or was it a calculated move on her part to spread her antiwar message. Did she think the family would share her views? If so her actions are reprehensible and the letter is trash - no less sincere and just as political as the act itself. As far as I'm concerned she still owes this Veteran and the American people an explanation.
I'm keeping it at the Ready for now.
MORE UPDATES Michelle Malkin has the lastest on Knoll's escapade. The Family accepted the apology, but the there is a backlash over Rendell's comment on the "It's not the business of State government to support the war."
The Pittsburg Tribune is ripping the Gov. a new "seat of the pants!"
This isn't over by a long shot!
UPDATE: THE FUNERAL CRASHER