A video of New Hampshire second district Congresswoman Ann Kuster refusing to answer a constituent’s question about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, in which four Americans were killed, went viral after surfacing on YouTube Tuesday morning. As of publication time, the video had over 260,000 views.
The video was initially tweeted by WMUR’s James Pindell and quickly picked up by the National Republican Congressional Committee, conservative blogs and news aggregators including the Drudge Report and television news broadcasts including WMUR-TV and Fox News.
Kuster’s two potential Republican opponents, former State Sen. Gary Lambert and State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, were quick to issue statements criticizing Kuster for her answer.
“Congresswoman Kuster’s indifferent and ill-informed response to a constituent’s question about Benghazi raises concerns about her commitment to the men and women who serve our nation overseas and to the citizens of New Hampshire’s second district. Four Americans, including the US Ambassador, died in this tragic attack and Congresswoman Kuster owes the Granite State more than a dismissive wave of her hand. Let us never forget the bravery those Americans showed on that night. Elected officials must always support our servicemen and women abroad and never mislead the nation,” said Garcia in a statement.
Lambert’s statement read, “It is more of the same from Congresswoman Kuster. Granite Stater’s are so frustrated with the Washington games politicians like her have brought to New Hampshire. We deserve better, when concerned citizens have questions for their Member of Congress- it is their duty and responsibility to answer them honestly.”