Father of Benghazi Victim to Attend State of the Union

Rep. Jim Bridenstine’s invite comes as conservatives want him to jump in Oklahoma’s Senate race.

President Obama looks as the remains of four Americans, including US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, are loaded during the transfer of remains ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 14, 2012.
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Elahe Izad
Jan. 27, 2014, 8:06 a.m.

Mem­bers of Con­gress use their plus-ones to the State of the Uni­on to high­light their biggest polit­ic­al is­sues, so it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore a guest with a Benghazi-con­nec­tion re­ceived an in­vite.

Rep. Jim Briden­stine, R-Okla., is bring­ing along Charles Woods, fath­er of Navy SEAL Ty Woods, one of four Amer­ic­ans killed in the 2012 Benghazi at­tack. Woods has been highly crit­ic­al of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and its hand­ling of the in­cid­ent.

Briden­stine’s of­fice said that while House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship has en­cour­aged mem­bers to bring people who “have been vic­tims of Obama­care,” he’s bring­ing a “genu­ine vic­tim of failed for­eign policy.” Briden­stine also urged the form­a­tion of a House se­lect com­mit­tee to fur­ther in­vest­ig­ate Benghazi. Back in Decem­ber, fam­ily mem­bers of those killed and con­ser­vat­ive lead­ers penned a let­ter to House Speak­er John Boehner to es­tab­lish a com­mit­tee to in­vest­ig­ate the at­tacks and af­ter­math. A pro­posed House res­ol­u­tion would do just that.

Briden­stine’s high­light­ing of an is­sue that con­ser­vat­ives have gal­van­ized around comes at a time when out­side groups have been push­ing him to jump in the race to fill the seat about to be va­cated by Sen. Tom Coburn. So far, fel­low Ok­lahoma Re­pub­lic­an Rep. James Lank­ford has said he’s run­ning.


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