WASHINGTON – The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) this week introduced a line of limited-edition bobblehead dolls honoring the four Americans who died in the 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The dolls will be available for purchase on an NRCC-run website called BenghaziWatchdogs.com, where individuals are urged to become ‘Benghazi Watchdogs’ by donating money to the committee.
“As the new Select Committee headed by South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy searches for the truth of what happened that fateful day in Benghazi and how President Obama and Hillary Clinton were ultimately responsible, Americans everywhere can follow along with one of these moving tribute bobblehead dolls of the victims,” said NRCC communications director Andrea Bozek.
The four bobblehead dolls come in the likenesses of former U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stephens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and Embassy Security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. Each doll comes with a small document detailing why President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bare responsibility for their deaths.
“My favorite is Information Management Officer Smith,” admitted Bozek. “But I plan to buy the whole set for $91.10.”
Some individuals, including Congressman Gowdy, have called on the NRCC not to use the upcoming Benghazi Special Committee for fundraising purposes. “I have never sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Americans,” said Rep. Gowdy. “Even in a culture of hyper-partisanship, [there are] certain things that ought to be above politics, like the murder of our four fellow Americans.
“That’s not to say I don’t think the bobbleheads are a tasteful memorial to the victims, mind you,” added Gowdy, who is referred to on the NRCC-run website as the Chief Benghazi Watchdog.
Speaker of the House John Boehner was incensed at the suggestion that Rep. Gowdy’s Benghazi Special Committee was a fundraising ploy. “This is all about getting to the truth,” he said. “It’s not going to be a circus. This is a serious investigation. And the bobblehead dolls are an important part of that serious investigation.”
Gowdy assured reporters that he was entering the investigation with an open mind, and that he would get to the truth no matter how long it took. “If an administration is slow-walking document production, I can’t end a trial simply because the defense won’t cooperate,” Gowdy explained to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
Bozek welcomed the idea that the investigation could drag on well into the 2016 election season. “We can always produce a second line of bobbleheads focused on the heros of Benghazi,”she said. “Like Congressman Gowdy and Darrell Issa.”