House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks at a news conference after walking out of the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder with other House Democrats, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, June 28, 2012. The House on Thursday voted to hold Holder in contempt for failing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena. From left: Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Pelosi, Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Al Green (D-Texas) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.).
A large number of Democrats in the House of Representatives walked out of the chamber on Thursday in protest of the vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. One time in the past, Republican representatives also walked out during a vote. However, that vote didn't have anything to do with finding out how a border agent was killed.
On Thursday, each of the representatives who walked out were turning their backs on Brian Terry and his family. No matter what their feelings and thoughts were about this voting process and the preceding House hearings, those who walked out in protest displayed their lack of interest and integrity to help resolve the questions leading to this tragic death.
What a disrespectful and classless action.
BRUCE PETERSON, MINNEAPOLIS
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