Rep. Horsford 'walked out' on Benghazi families?


That's an important question of considerable debate this morning. KDWN radio talker Alan Stock called out Horsford this morning for doing so, and for refusing to talk about it.

Stock said his scheduler called Horsford's office and they hung up on him.

Here's the scoop: Last Thursday the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a five-hour hearing. The first part included testimony from Adm. Mike Mullen and others. The second part featured Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, an officer killed in Benghazi, and Charles Woods, the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed defending the Benghazi compound.

Before Smith and Woods spoke, 15 Democrats supposedly "walked out" of the hearing. The committee members alleged to have done so were identified as:

Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

Danny Davis, D-Ill.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.

Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va.

Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.

John Tierney, D-Mass.

Mark Pocan, D-Wisc.

Matt Cartwright, D-Penn.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.

Peter Welch, D-Vt.

Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.

Steven Horsford, D-Nev.

Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

Tony Cardenas, D-Calif.

William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called the act disrespectful; snapped a photo of the empty chairs and tweeted it.

Now comes Media Matters, a liberal tool of the Democratic Party, to say it's all untrue. It was a long hearing, MM said, and members of both parties come and go from such hearings. Many Republicans also were gone during the testimony, MM contends.

Whether Issa has the better take on the situation that occurred last Thursday or MM does, Alan Stock has a righteous point. Shouldn't Rep. Horsford explain himself? Did he get up and "walk out" of the hearing? Or did he just randomly excuse himself?

Depending upon on the spectacularly unreliable -- and hopelessly biased -- Media Matters to defend himself, seems unwise on Horsford's part. And, more to the point, hanging up on the local media is not a proper response. A full explanation is in order.