ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: The office of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, touched off a firestorm on Wednesday by e-mailing Politico an obscenity laced YouTube video as Cantor’s response to a pro-stimulus ad blitz launched Tuesday evening by AFSCME , the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, and Americans United for Change, a liberal coalition.
"You could post this as my response," Cantor press secretary Brad Dayspring wrote in an e-mail message to Politico’s Glenn Thrush. He then provided a link to a 1970′s AFSCME public service announcement that has been redubbed with an Andrew Dice Clay-type voice which portrays union members as goons whose accomplishments include "picking up your f——— garbage" and "making sure your kids don’t drink no piss from no f———– drinking fountains." Watch the video here. "Eric Cantor may think the greatest economic crisis in 70 years is a joke, but we don’t," said AFSCME’s Gerald McEntee in a statement to reporters. "He should talk to the people in Virginia who are losing their jobs, health care and homes.” Brad Woodhouse, the president of Americans United for Change, demanded an apology. "This spoof of AFSCME has been floating around on YouTube for years – but its use in this context shows how completely and utterly out of touch with the current economic crisis and the lives of Americans Eric Cantor and the GOP leadership really is," said Woodhouse. "Cantor should apologize." Cantor’s office did not have an immediate response to the criticism directed its way. Update: Cantor Aide Apologizes for Effin’ Video Directed at AFSCME Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring has issued an apology for e-mailing Politico an obscenity-laced e-mail as a response to AFSCME’s pro-stimulus ad blitz. "I would like to apologize for a joke that was in no way an official response from Congressman Cantor, but instead an inappropriate e-mail," said Dayspring. "I apologize to AFSCME for my inappropriate e-mail containing an old video," he continued. "Let me be clear, we know people are hurting in these trying times and House Republicans completely agree that we must pass an economic recovery bill that preserves, protects and creates jobs for Americans facing these economic challenges."