The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee knows the identity of the two young men who approached Rep. Bob Etheridge, in a highly publicized incident in which the Democratic congressman roughly grabbed one of the men.
That's according to Carter Wrenn, a long-time Republican strategist, who is a consultant to Renee Ellmers, the GOP candidate who hopes to unseat Etheridge in November.
After an Ellmers news conference on Monday, Wrenn told reporters he knew nothing of the identity of the two men who approached Etheridge and neither did the Republican congressional committee, which is tasked with defeating Etheridge.
But after conversations Wednesday with the political director and the executive director of the Washington-based group, Wrenn said today that the congressional committee knows who the young men are.
“They told me yesterday they know who they are,” Wrenn said. “It wasn't clear whether the students worked for them or not.”
The identity of the students has been a mystery because they declined to identify themselves to Etheridge on the video as Etheridge repeatedly demanded: “Who are you?”
The face of one student that is shown on the video is deliberately blurred.