Demorat Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic amid riots: ‘If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care’

by DCG

I’ve heard that once in DC, your sole purpose is to get re-elected and you do that by getting money for your district. And you start fundraising immediately for your next election.

Constituents? They are merely the conduit to your political/lobbying/media career. Nothing more, nothing less.

Rep. Eliot Engel

From NBC:

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“Rep. Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat facing a tough primary challenge and questions about his absence from his district, was caught on a hot mic at a district event responding to unrest saying twice that he only wanted press coverage because of an electoral threat.

“If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care,” Engel said to Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president, at a Tuesday press conference responding to unrest and vandalism in his district related to the recent death of George Floyd.”

Engel’s excuse for getting caught for what he said:

“In the context of running for reelection, I thought it was important for people to know where I stand, that’s why I asked to speak,” he said. “Of course I care deeply about what’s happening in this country, that’s what I wanted to convey. I love the Bronx, grew up in the Bronx and lived here all my life. I would not have tried to impose on the Borough President if I didn’t think it was important.”

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