On radio this morning, Glenn interviewed freshman Congressman Joe Walsh. The revealing conversation led to Glenn sending some harsh words towards Speaker Boehner.
Glenn welcomed Walsh to show, and invited him to tell the audience a story that Glenn knew about but hadn’t really addressed on radio. Apparently, a group of Congressmen wanted to come over for the Restoring Courage event and to meet with Israeli officials, but they ended up being rejected by the House ethics committee.
“The International Israel Allied Caucus Foundation, a group was going to, you know, sponsor this fact finding mission, was going to come over for two or three days, engage in some very interesting meetings with some Israeli officials, join you at your two very important events promoting, you know, an undivided Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and lo and behold, ethics yesterday said -- did not approve this,” Walsh said.
“They said your portion of the fact finding mission had the appearance of a political event, they told me. They said there wasn't enough meeting time built into the schedule and they identified the Israeli Allied Caucus Foundation as a lobbying group currently lobbying Congress on legislation when, in fact, they're a 501(c)3 charity.
“it's terribly disappointing because I would have given anything to have, as a member of Congress, been there with you and seen firsthand what needs to be done to promote this issue of eventually, as quickly as we can, making Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel,” Walsh added.
Glenn said that he had heard Boehner’s office was not approving many Congressmen to come over, and those that were coming were funding the trip themselves.
“Glenn, I'm with you. I don't, either. To me it purely is an additional way to go over there and do some fact finding and learn. That's what we as members of Congress do but for some reason they shied away from what you are doing over there,” Walsh said.
When Glenna and Walsh ended their conversation, Glenn turned his attention to Speaker Boehner.
“This has been going on now for a couple of weeks and I haven't said anything because I wanted it to play out in the system, but Speaker Boehner, you should be ashamed of yourself. The Republican party should be ashamed of themselves. They don't have to attend my event. Let them come to our biggest ally and the only friend we still have in the Middle East in their hour of need. They don't have to attend my event,” Glenn said.
“There are so many people good people that are in the Republican party trying to fight for common sense values, trying to hold some semblance of the line of America, trying to hold together what little credibility we have overseas, but the Republicans would much rather punish ‘bad Republicans’.”
“You politicians in Washington sicken me. The American people are done with the games. We would sure like your help in fixing the country, but if you're going to continue to play games, you're meaningless, you're meaningless. The American people will fix it,” Glenn said.