Yesterday, President Obama gave another speech on the economy and pledged yet again be the standard-bearer of the “working class.” While the focus of the speech centered around the reiteration of the familiarly empty promises we’ve grown accustomed to, some not so subtle jabs were thrown in the direction of Republicans, and the Tea Party wing in particular.

“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said in an economic address at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

Bongino, as fate would have it, wrote a piece in the Washington Times the same day calling for answers in one of the “phony scandals” the President was likely referring to; the Benghazi terror attack of September 11th, 2012. I’ve excerpted part of this piece, but I encourage you to read the whole thing.

The Obama administration still has not explained why the Foreign Emergency Support Team was not activated. The State Department’s own website describes the team as “the U.S. government’s only interagency, on-call, short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide.” Therein lies the rub: the mention of terrorism. The Foreign Emergency Support Team was available and chartered to respond to incidents such as the Benghazi attack, but was never deployed.

Having incorporated multiagency response teams into security planning on foreign soil for numerous presidential visits during my time in the Secret Service, I am intimately aware of their dedication to their mission and willingness to help. Perhaps the reason the administration did not activate the Foreign Emergency Support Team was because it immediately would have put to rest any question about the cause of the attack and set off a cascade of events that did not fit the administration’s desired political narrative.

Embattled by multiple scandals, the Obama administration has adroitly managed to avoid any substantial political ramifications from what I deem to be its greatest failure: the failure to adequately protect the military and security personnel who swore on their honor to protect you.

As Bongino notes, Benghazi is not the only one of these “phony scandals” the Obama administration would ultimately dismiss as nothing more than a creative manifestation of partisan politics. It is, however, the only one directly responsible for the loss of American lives.

Yet those who bring up the absence of answers are too often chastised by many as right wing “extremists” or “obstructionists,” among other less than savory terms.

Bongino’s continued insistence on answers to these completely legitimate inquiries illustrates why his presence in Congress would be so meaningful. His tenacity in pursuing elected office after his defeat in 2012 reveals his dedication to the cause. Perhaps most importantly, his determination to bring a another Republican representative to Congress from predominantly deep blue Maryland is emblematic of his inability to retreat from a fight where the end justifies the sacrifice present in the means.

Bongino is cut from a cloth that is all too rare in Congress today. His presence there would represent a much needed counterweight to what has largely become an environment entirely too comfortable with zero accountability.

For more information on Bongino’s run for office in MD-06, check out his website.


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