GOP Reaction To O'Keefe Arrest: "The Congressman Doesn't Know Him"

January 26, 2010 6:52 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

Last fall, 31 House Republicans cosponsored Rep. Pete Olson's (R-TX) resolution honoring conservative activists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles for efforts to bring down ACORN.  In light of today's news that the FBI arrested O'Keefe for allegedly plotting to wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) office in New Orleans, Media Matters Action reached out to each member's office for comment. 

So far, the closest thing to an official comment came from a spokesperson for Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), who told us: "The congressman doesn't know him." When informed that Pitts supported the measure honoring O'Keefe, he responded, "I don't know anything about that."

"I don't think that the congressman is going to comment on that," a spokesperson for Rep. John Boozman (R-AK) said.   

Reached by the Washington Independent, Olson's office wouldn't say whether the resolution would be withdrawn, but did provide the following statement:

Individuals who lawfully expose wrongful activities by an entity like ACORN receiving federal tax dollars should be praised.  However, if recent events conclude that any laws were broken in the incident in Senator Landrieu's office - that is not something I condone.  Citizens have an important role in helping to expose waste and/or fraud when their tax dollars are being spent, but it must be done in a lawful manner.

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