Bruning compares welfare recipients to scavenging raccoons
A video released by talkingpointsmemo.com catches Bruning on tape in a Husker red polo telling an aw-shucks-I’m-just-like-you-Nebraskans story about how a road project got shut down by the discovery of endangered beetles. He said the construction workers sat out buckets with dead rats in them to attract the beetles, and then the beetles were caught and released into the wild.
Bruning said a farmer noticed raccoons eating the beetles at night — and compared the situation to welfare recipients taking the easy way out.
“And it’s like grapes in a jar. The raccoons – they’re not stupid, they’re gonna do the easy way if we make it easy for them. Just like welfare recipients all across America. If we don’t send them to work, they’re gonna take the easy route.”
Bruning’s campaign released an apology Tuesday afternoon, saying, “It was an inartful statement and one Jon regrets making,” said Trent Fellers, Bruning’s campaign manager. “As attorney general, Jon’s been a strong supporter of welfare reform and giving welfare recipients a hand up and not just a hand out. He’s committed to helping those struggling in these tough economic times by working to grow our workforce, instead of growing government which unfortunately has been the focus of Barack Obama and Ben Nelson these last several years.”
It’s no accident that Bruning was caught on tape making a controversial statement. He was zinged by a group called American Bridge 21st Century, which was created specifically “to track Republican candidates with the aim of capturing just these types of gotcha moments on camera,” according to the Huffington Post.
And it’s not unusual for higher profile campaigns to send videographers to press conferences and campaign events to try to catch the competition saying something crazy. Welcome to the wild, web world.
Here’s the video: