Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lt. gov crashed Marine's funeral, kin say

This one is unreal:

Saturday, July 23, 2005By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying "our government" is against the war.

Catherine Baker KnollRhonda Goodrich of Indiana, Pa., said yesterday that a funeral was held Tuesday at a church in Carnegie for her brother-in-law, Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32.

She said he "died bravely and courageously in Iraq on July 10, serving his country."

In a phone interview, Goodrich said the funeral service was packed with people "who wanted to tell his family how Joe had impacted their lives."

Then, suddenly, "one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll."

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us," Goodrich said. "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."

Goodrich said she is positive that Knoll was not invited to the funeral, which was jammed with Marines in dress uniform and police officers, because the fallen Marine had been a policeman in McKeesport and Indiana County.

"Our family deserves an apology," Rhonda Goodrich said. "Here you have a soldier who was killed -- dying for his country -- in a church full of grieving family members and she shows up uninvited. It made a mockery of Joey's death."

What really upset the family, Goodrich said, is that Knoll said, 'I want you to know our government is against this war,' " Goodrich said.

She said she is going to seek an answer from Gov. Ed Rendell's administration if it opposes the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Knoll was traveling yesterday, away from the Capitol, and couldn't be reached. But an aide said she "extends condolences to all families who have lost loved ones" serving in the military.

Without having talked to her, the aide, who asked not to be named, said, "The family members of fallen soldiers are in our hearts and prayers. Our prayers go out to their loved ones in their hour of grief."

Asked to comment on Goodrich's complaints about Knoll's conduct at the funeral, the aide said that "would be inappropriate."

I would like to believe that such a sickening display is atypical. But it is not. I would like to think that Democrats seldom stoop to such a low. But they do. Fact is, this has become the modus operandi for Democrat politicians for the past few years (remember the Paul Wellstone "We will win!" funeral?) These people have no scruples. They are bitter about their loss of power, bitter about the "stolen" 2000 elections, bitter about the fact that we finally have a President who has the guts to go fight the enemy on the enemy's turf. The fact that Lt. Gov. Knoll just naturally assumed that any family grieving over the death of a loved one who fought in Iraq would, by default, hate President Bush and oppose the Iraq war say volumes about her and the liberal mindset in general. It shows just how out of touch Democrats are and just how brazen they will be in their attempt to regain power. Absolutely amazing. This woman should be impeached and at the very least she owes the Sgt. Goodrich's family a full, humble apology for her crass stupidity.