Connecticut Republican party Chairman Jerry Labriola said Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s criticism of Republican House Speaker John Boehner is a “classic case of blaming the victim.”
Blumenthal, in an interview on CNN that aired Thursday, said the speaker “wasted last week” pushing a bill that “had no prospect of success.”
On Friday, Labriola came to Boehner’s defense.
“Sen. Blumenthal’s hypocritical attack on U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is a classic case of blaming the victim. It is more than a little ironic that Blumenthal — part of the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate that has failed to pass a federal budget in four years – would characterize the Speaker’s effort to pass compromise ‘fiscal cliff’ legislation over the last week — as a waste of time,” Labriola said.
“Instead of trying to distract attention from the Democrats’ woeful record of inaction, paralysis and intractability, Blumenthal should bring some constructive action to this issue. Connecticut needs as its U.S. Senator an independent thinker who will bring creative solutions to the table, not a Harry Reid puppet who continues to engage in the partisanship that brought us to the edge of this ‘cliff’ in the first place,” he said.