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Rep. Hoekstra cites Christmas Day terror attack in a fundraising letter

December 29, 2009 |  4:14 pm

Pete HoekstraDemocrats have come out swinging against Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, for citing the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound plane in a fundraising letter to potential donors.

Hoekstra, who is running for governor, wrote that the Christmas Day attack is proof of "a war against the American way of life." He blamed "weak-kneed liberals" like President Obama for threatening national security. 

He concluded with this:

"If you agree that we need a governor who will stand up the Obama/Pelosi efforts to weaken our security, please make a most generous contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 to my campaign."

Hoekstra has been getting a lot of political mileage out of the botched terrorist attack, appearing on many national news channels to criticize Obama's response. 

My colleague Mark Silva has more over at The Swamp.

-- Kate Linthicum