Yesterday, many of us pounced on the report by New York Observer that Robin Hayes, NC-08 claimed Liberals hate real Americans during a warmup act before a McCain rally in front of a home town crowd in Concord, NC. Once Ryan Grim from Politico picked it up and the story looked like it had legs, Hayes' spokeswoman from his congressional office, Amanda Little, made the claim that Hayes absolutely denied saying that about Liberals.
Ryan at The Crypt put the word out and did what professional journalists do - he looked for proof that Hayes either did or did not make the comments that reporter Jason Horowitz absolutely confirms he heard Robin Hayes say the words he reported as he was taking notes as he said them.
The evidence is all in. [This links to The Crypt where Ryan has audio of Hayes' remarks.] Thanks to Ryan for doing the heavy lifting on this and for not settling for the lies told by Robin Hayes and his federal employee, Amanda Little.
Robin Hayes has been lying about Larry Kissell, his character and where he stands on issues. Larry needs help fighting back against the lies. This is one example of how quickly and easily Robin Hayes lies. If he will lie this easily on something that can be checked against video and audio, imagine how quickly he'll lie to the voters when he knows they will have limited access to information that can prove him wrong.
The man lies through his teeth.
Please help Larry Kissell. I'm not sure Hayes out Bachmanned Michele Bachmann, but if you look at the entirety of his outlandish comments over time and the lies he tells to the voters he comes pretty darned close.
Again, audio of Hayes' remarks are at The Crypt. I'll update this diary with audio and video as soon as I have it.
Please rec at Kos
Please rec at Kos
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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.
From DK, and mcHenry was there, too
Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) has conceded that he did tell a North Carolina crowd that "liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God," even though he initially denied making such a statement.
Now he says he didn’t mean it that way and he was just trying to rev up a campaign rally.
"I genuinely did not recall making the statement and, after reading it, there is no doubt that it came out completely the wrong way. I actually was trying to work to keep the crowd as respectful as possible, so this is definitely not what I intended," Hayes said in a statement for Politico.
The comments were first reported by the New York Observer. When Politico linked to the Observer story on Monday evening, Hayes' spokeswoman Amanda Little called and denied the report. Observer reporter Jason Horowitz told Politico he stood firmly behind the story. Politico left the quote in The Crypt blog but added the Hayes denial.
On Tuesday, two more reporters and two other witnesses confirmed the quote, but Little continued to deny it, calling the story "irresponsible journalism." Little said she had just as many sources who would deny it, including Hayes' staff and Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), who spoke before Hayes.
And here is the audio recording..
Heard it here
I just heard this clip on The Daily Show. Good work yall.
I'm proud of the not so mainstream media in NC
For pushing this out there and confirming it to Politico. Way to go, folks! This is what citizen journalism is all about.
And Betsy - great work on Kos.