NY Democratic Congresswoman admits she hadn’t heard of Fast and Furious

posted at 5:25 pm on December 7, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields captures this damaging moment for the camera. At a Tuesday Congressional Hispanic Caucus event, New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez froze when Fields asked her about Fast and Furious.

“Are you not familiar with that story?” Fields then asked. Velazquez responded unequivocally, “No, no.”

Appalling, right? But, just for fun, let’s cut the little lady some slack. She must be busy — she’s a congresswoman, after all. And if Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t even have time to read his memos, why should Velazquez be expected to know about a major scandal to rock the administration?

Anyway, Velazquez isn’t the only member of Congress to be ignorant of the ill-advised Justice Department program that resulted in at least 11 violent crimes in the United States, the deaths of more than 200 Mexicans and the slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. According to Fields and her colleague Matthew Boyle, Rep. Jose Enrique Serrano, another New York Democrat, also admitted to TheDC that he was unaware of Fast and Furious.

Meantime, two other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus had more to say on the subject, according to a report by Boyle.

Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he doesn’t think it’s fair to call for Eric Holder’s resignation quite yet, but, if the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious turns up additional crucial details, he might jump on the bandwagon.

“I assure you that if I find that he, with knowledge and premeditation and foresight, was totally irresponsible, then he should leave,” Gutierrez said.

Outgoing Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat from Texas, said Holder’s high-ranking position in some ways exempts him from responsibility. Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said. Nevertheless, he expects more of Holder than the stonewalling Congress has received thus far.

“I do think the attorney general has an obligation to be completely forthright with the Congress,” he said.

Both Gonzalez and Gutierrez cautioned their colleagues in Congress not to use the scandal for political gain and to respect the seriousness of the loss of life associated with the imprudent operation.


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Amnesty = Awesome.
 
Accessory to murder = Unimportant.

rogerb on December 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Let’s ask Charlie Gibson to explain it to us.

aquaviva on December 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM

She should read Hot Gas to learn more

William Amos on December 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

“Know nothing Congress” :-P

ThePrez on December 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Both Gonzalez and Gutierrez cautioned their colleagues in Congress not to use the scandal for political gain and to respect the seriousness of the loss of life associated with the imprudent operation.

Imprudent? FREAKING IMPRUDENT! #$^%@&$#!!

Solyndra was IMPRUDENT! People are DEAD because of Fast and Furious! Gonzalez and Gutierrez need to get their asses kicked out of office!

At least that would be PRUDENT!

GarandFan on December 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Color me shocked.

Ugly on December 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Unfair to Nydia. She can only rub those two brain cells together so fast.

Red Cloud on December 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said.

Wait….what? As if this were a few DEA agents padding their per diem accounts.

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM

The dear lady is only concerned with how oppressed her people are in America. She’s too busy for silly crap like a government that lies to the People … or a government that is made up of the ignorant and illiterate.

America is just plain mean, ya know.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Interesting observation in the linked comments:

This is not ignorance, its a LIE! She claims she has no idea what the operation is, but then says that “… Republicans are the ones demanding Holder’s resignation…”, how does she know that Republicans are demanding this?

Del Dolemonte on December 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

“Are you not familiar with that story?” Fields then asked. Velazquez responded unequivocally, “No, no.”

“Uhhh….me no speaka da Englais!”

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Had this been a Republican administration then the media ….

Oh what’s the use. It’s like a broken record.

Rod on December 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

And I think I found one of crr6′s relatives at the comments section…

This is one of the issues that is discussed within the echo chamber on Fox, the Daily Caller, and the Washington Times, Heritage, American Spectator, but ordinary Americans, including Members of Congress are not talking about this issue. Think Terry Schiavo or the Whitewater conspiracy theories…

Del Dolemonte on December 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Both Gonzalez and Gutierrez cautioned their colleagues in Congress not to use the scandal for political gain and to respect the seriousness of the loss of life associated with the imprudent operation.

Of course, a Democrat would never always do that.

[censored] hypocrites.

And good point, Del. It was a transparent lie.

Merovign on December 7, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Give her a break, she has been too busy being serviced by Nancy Pelosi’s plastic surgeon to follow such things.

BaconEatingInfidel on December 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

She bought her automatic rifle at a different shop.

RBMN on December 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

She should read Hot Gas to learn more

William Amos on December 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Heh. I almost feel bad for Perry. Almost.

BaconEatingInfidel on December 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM

It’s one thing to be hyper-partisan on matters of policy. It is a whole other matter to put your blinders on and be partisan about corruption or incompetence because it is someone from one’s own party.

gravityman on December 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

This is absolutely stunning. It is affirmative action at it’s best.

rjoco1 on December 7, 2011 at 5:42 PM

“Uhhh….me no speaka da Englais!”

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

“I need to understand if you can comprehend and speak the native dialect. Do you have that ability?”
“No, senior.”

Rod on December 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Thanks to Ed/Open Reg, now swimmin’ with the sharks…what ever happened to this dolt, was she seen on the Time rag cover?

hillsoftx on December 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Well! Lets just ask a member of the Congressional White Caucus the same question and see if they do any better! /s

Oldnuke on December 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

The Democrats in Congress should realize that the level of stonewalling that comes from this Democratic President will be about the same as the next Republican President.

J_Crater on December 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

“Uhhh….me no speaka da Englais!”

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

C’mon Bishop she’s Hispanic not Italian. Getcher dialectics straight. Take a lesson from Hillary.

Oldnuke on December 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Tina,
Good story, but you got me fired up with:

Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said.

I thought, shouldn’t an AG be more informed about day-to-day operations of controlversial operations??

I know you didn’t directly quote him, but Gonzales didn’t say “controversial” in there anywhere. (Maybe he should have, but didn’t.)

I know, picking nits.

RedCrow on December 7, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Red Cloud on December 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

What facts do you have that she even has 2 brain cells to rub in a Fast and Furious manner.

chemman on December 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Oldnuke on December 7, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Velazquez is an old Japanese name, get your facts straight.

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM

That congresswoman was on her way to another botox session.

esnap on December 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM

It’s nice how when the Democrats get caught doing something they always make sure to tell the Republicans not to use it for political purposes. That would just be mean.

Night Owl on December 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

WTF??? Velazquez is from the OTHER New York, the one that keeps telling us WE’RE stupid!!!

Mr. Grump on December 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Why is this at all surprising? It’s not like this story has been getting balloon boy coverage by the MSM. It’s rarely mentioned, and when it is, it’s still being framed in a “we were doing an operation, lost some weapons, its tragic but unavoidable” kind of way.
I mean, I guess we should have higher standards for congressmen, but…

Timin203 on December 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Me thinks,its a Progressive Brain Dead type thingy!!

canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

from a past post…

DanMan says:
March 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Good take WildWillie but I would add there is a lot of WILLFUL ignorance on the left. They use it to distance themselves from the hypocrisy.

One that note, it will be interesting to see how the Obama administration gets out of ramping up the “Gun Walker” program by an order of magnitude while claiming they did not know about it. So far the demedia is giving them a pass but people died and it will be resolved.

DanMan on December 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Ya know,I’m slowly manufacturing OutRageous OutRage!!
(sarc)

canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

“Are you not familiar with that story?” Fields then asked. Velazquez responded unequivocally, “No, no.” “Que?”

OhEssYouCowboys on December 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

If you think the Lefty Congresswoman is dense,
just wait till you ask that question,of one of
supporters that voted her in!!

canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM

WTF??? Velazquez is from the OTHER New York, the one that keeps telling us WE’RE stupid!!!

Mr. Grump on December 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I do seem to recall the stories of these alleged “studies” which indicate that Democrats are generally smarter than Republicans.

Ms. Velazquez is proof.

I so hate being dumb.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Both Gonzalez and Gutierrez cautioned their colleagues in Congress not to use the scandal for political gain and to respect the seriousness of the loss of life

Man, we could have used their brave and ethical stand back when Giffords was shot along with half a dozen others; these two fuds must have been on vacation and away from their phones.

Bishop on December 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Well I can see this. bhopress does NOT report or show anything negative of bho or his team. You would think sometime in this twinkies life, she would be around someone in dc to bring this up? I guess I am being to nice to d’s to think they think?
L

letget on December 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

said Holder’s high-ranking position in some ways exempts him from responsibility

ummmm nope

you had NO PROBLEM placing all the blame on rumsfeld during abhu graib(sp)….

the buck stops with holder, period….

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Rod on December 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

infuriating ain’t it…

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Outgoing Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat from Texas, said Holder’s high-ranking position in some ways exempts him from responsibility. Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said.

What if his last name was Paterno?

dentalque on December 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM

yup

hey we missed you during open registration this am to welcome the newbies

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 6:08 PM

She followed it up with “I’m from Barcelona” before taking a guest’s bags to the wrong room and setting the kitchen on fire.

DrAllecon on December 7, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Out of fairness, there are like 12 names for this scandal. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt that she’d recognize the scandal if she heard details, but it is a bit ridiculous. Then again, this is low hanging fruit.

NoStoppingUs on December 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said.

Day-to-day? Breaking the laws of two countries for political means that end up killing over 200 people is now day-today for the dems. Everybody reset your outrage calipers accordingly…

DanMan on December 7, 2011 at 6:14 PM

canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM
yup

hey we missed you during open registration this am to welcome the newbies

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 6:08 PM

cmsinaz:I was there at,(canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM),
I almost forgot!:)

canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM

canopfor on December 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM

ahhh…okey doke…

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Oh don’t confuss me with facts, I’m just a pawn for Dear Leader

JustHugh on December 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Rep. Nydia Velazquez
http://velazquez.house.gov/about/committees-caucuses.shtml

Congresswoman Velázquez is Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee.

She is the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for the 111th Congress.

The Congresswoman is also a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and serves on the following Subcommittees:

Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity

In addition, she serves on the following Congressional Caucuses and Task Forces:

Congressional Progressive Caucus
Democratic Caucus
Women’s Issues Caucus
Out of Iraq Caucus
Asian Pacific American Caucus
Congressional Caucus on the Census
Congressional Children’s Caucus
Congressional Jobs and Fair Trade Caucus
Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) Caucus
Human Rights Caucus
Older Americans’ Caucus
Urban Caucus

Seeing how Mexico is raising a stink about the flow of guns into their country without their notification I would say she should have heard something about it if she is the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

JeffinSac on December 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I can’t resist. What a bunch of ‘hot air’ from Ms. Velazquez.

Can we afford slack at $174k+ w/bennies, with pensions?

It’s that ‘don’t expect me to know what’s going on/read bills/balance the budget schtick that gnaws at me the most.

Absolutely indefensible.

jersey taxpayer on December 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

In fact I just found this little tidbit from last year when she met with the President of Mexico.

http://chc-gonzalez.house.gov/press-release/congressional-hispanic-caucus-chc-meets-president-felipe-caldreon

“The Caucus has long supported efforts to wipe out cartels and bring an end to the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S.,” said Velázquez. “All of us understand that winning that fight means stopping illegal firearms from reaching Mexico and Congress will continue to work to ensure these weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.

Okay now I don’t believe hear at all. :-)

JeffinSac on December 7, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Both Gonzalez and Gutierrez cautioned their colleagues in Congress not to use the scandal for political gain and to respect the seriousness of the loss of life associated with the imprudent operation

Well Duh, it’s a democrat administration. Of course it would be totally different under a republican administration.
Sorry, but I’m not buying it.

JusDreamin on December 7, 2011 at 6:33 PM

The dumbing down of America proceeds apace from the top down.

hillbillyjim on December 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Had this been a Republican administration then the media ….

Oh what’s the use. It’s like a broken record.

Rod on December 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Don’t know if you were listening today but Limbaugh had a very interesting lady caller who works in the mortgage industry (as do I). She had some shocking allegations about how the whole financial meltdown with Fannie and Freddie unfolded.

To make a long story short, she said that everyone involved knew exactly when the sh*t would hit the fan…and then did absolutely nothing to prevent it from happening, solely so they could blame it all on Bush.

And of course they were right-the Democrat Media “reported” it exactly the way they wanted it to be “reported”.

Del Dolemonte on December 7, 2011 at 6:37 PM

In an amazing coincidence, I’ve never heard of her before now what she knows or doesn’t know makes no difference.

BobMbx on December 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM

What if his last name was Paterno?

dentalque on December 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Oooooooh . . . ouch.

listens2glenn on December 7, 2011 at 6:43 PM

“I assure you that if I find that he, with knowledge and premeditation and foresight, was totally irresponsible, then he should leave,” Gutierrez said.

How can someone premeditate irresponsibility?

James on December 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

If it wasn’t for Sharyl Atkisson, none of us would know the extent of this nonsense

ralphrotten on December 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

How can someone premeditate irresponsibility?

See: Holder, Eric

ralphrotten on December 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM

What if his last name was Paterno?

dentalque on December 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

He’d be crucified for not firing a man he already forced out the door.

either orr on December 7, 2011 at 7:04 PM

JeffinSac on December 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM

She certainly has all of the approved Lefty credentials. Those must allow her to hit the *ignore* key when she views an issue as a partisan one.

onlineanalyst on December 7, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Don’t know if you were listening today but Limbaugh had a very interesting lady caller who works in the mortgage industry (as do I). She had some shocking allegations about how the whole financial meltdown with Fannie and Freddie unfolded.

To make a long story short, she said that everyone involved knew exactly when the sh*t would hit the fan…and then did absolutely nothing to prevent it from happening, solely so they could blame it all on Bush.

And of course they were right-the Democrat Media “reported” it exactly the way they wanted it to be “reported”.
Del Dolemonte on December 7, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I heard that call, too, Del, and didn’t want to leave my car until it was over. What she said certainly sounded credible.

A link to this call should be a thread of its own, and it should go viral.

onlineanalyst on December 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Another member of the party of “Just say no, no.”

Marcola on December 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Outgoing Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat from Texas, said Holder’s high-ranking position in some ways exempts him from responsibility. Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said.

Foolish statement. This was a major & expensive operation which supplied large numbers of weapons to very dangerous criminals inside a sovereign nation – actually an act of war. Obama & Holder didn’t know about it? Of course must have approved it, which is why the top administrators involved got promoted or transferred (to keep them quiet) and the whistle-blowers punished. Holder won’t resign for doing Obama’s bidding and Obama needs him to cover for all the other corruptions by at least not prosecuting anyone.

Impeach Obama!

Chessplayer on December 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM

You would think that crr6 could comment again now that OWS is off the front burner. Could it be shame……wait, what am I talking about crr6 has no shame. Maybe she was busy helping put together the Bill that made Bestiality okie dokey in the military. I hope that they added Velcro gloves as standard issue for those inclined,discrimination should not be tolerated!

IowaWoman on December 7, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

How does one receive a memo 5 times and forwarded that memo to their private accountant reference that same memo in other memos and then claim they never read said memo?

DSchoen on December 7, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat from Texas, said Holder’s high-ranking position in some ways exempts him from responsibility. Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations,

The day-to-day details of controversial operations is something that the AG should know of on a day-to-day bases! We are talking about sending weapons into Mexico without The Mexican government knowledge! There was no attempt to track these weapons. Gross incompetency is not a valid excuse

DSchoen on December 7, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he doesn’t think it’s fair to call for Eric Holder’s resignation quite yet, but, if the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious turns up additional crucial details, he might jump on the bandwagon.

Tina is young and very busy in her exciting new job … she probably doesn’t have much time to read and do tedious research on all 435 members of congress. She should be expected to know what a worthless little piece of affirmative-action garbage Greasy Louie is and pointless his opinions are…on anything.

Jaibones on December 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Outgoing Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez, a Democrat from Texas, said Holder’s high-ranking position in some ways exempts him from responsibility. Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said.

Does this apply to high ranking CEO’s as well?

Maybe what he meant to say was that Holder’s high-ranking position as a Democrat exempts him from responsibility.

Ibanez Lotus on December 7, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Nobody could possibly expect somebody at the top of a department as large as Justice to know the day-to-day details of controversial operations, Gonzalez said

why not? We expect it from real Generals.

AH_C on December 7, 2011 at 8:58 PM

“Are you not familiar with that story?” Fields then asked. (Congresswoman)Velazquez(Democrat-NY) responded unequivocally, “No, no.”

Appalling, right? But, just for fun, let’s cut the little lady some slack.

Of course we should cut her some slack. Of course Democrat Congresswoman Velazquez has never heard of the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal. After all, she’s a far-left libtard fascist who gets all her news from the Mainstream Media, not the New Media.

CatchAll on December 7, 2011 at 10:01 PM

The main reason she did not know what it was is that he did not ask it in Spanish. If he had said “Do you know rápido y furioso?” then she would have said “si. Mi tio es laundering pesos por mi un mi familia on the bordero! El gunso are onlyminto a diversiono por to get de los pesos para mi familia.”

inspectorudy on December 7, 2011 at 10:21 PM

So, just imagine for a minute, this is a Bush Administration operation and Hispanics are a core group for them, do you actually believe the MSM would be mostly silent on this operation? Do you honestly believe the MSM wouldn’t be telling the world the Holder didn’t care that these guns would end up in Mexico, killing people (let’s face it they’re only Mexicans) and he should be removed from office?

I don’t believe anything the press says these days and it’s only going to get worse, especially if Newt gets the nomination. I can see the “Morning in America” ads on television now.

bflat879 on December 7, 2011 at 11:15 PM

We used to execute top ranking Nazi generals under the theory that they were responsible for the atrocities committed under their commands regardless of whether they knew about them or not. Likewise, we relieve captains of Naval vessels if their subordinates cause a severe problem even while the skipper was asleep. It’s the captain’s responsibility. If Holder had any integrity, he’d accept the blame and resign.

NNtrancer on December 7, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Incompetent as Holder.

She should be FIRED, too.

tx2654 on December 8, 2011 at 1:56 AM

Our Republic fails and falls on this sort of clueless ineptitude amongst our elected officials, much less the deliberately venal and deconstructionist.

rayra on December 8, 2011 at 3:08 AM

The Cone of Silence is insidious!

locomotivebreath1901 on December 8, 2011 at 7:09 AM

but, if the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious turns up additional crucial details, he might jump on the bandwagon.

The “detail” being his retard voters finding out about the scandal and demanding something be done.

MNHawk on December 8, 2011 at 7:55 AM

I thought the left’s mantra was, “It’s the seriousness of the charge!” We need to hold them to that standard. No one died in “Watergate!”

Dr. Demento on December 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I’m currently abroad with a tour group of very nice, well educated people. Most are libs, but that’s not the point. The point is that almost no one in this group has heard of F&F. Most are angered and/or horrified when I tell them about it, but a few dismiss it as a non-issue, created as a smear by “Fox News” or other parts of the VRWC.

Face it folks, the MSM is doing a great job of keeping a large chunk of the populace happy and stupid.

bofh on December 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM