Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll: What Were You Thinking?

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Michelle Malkin
Rhymes with Right

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said written apologies will be sent to the family of a dead Marine who was upset about Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll's appearance at the man's funeral last week.

The funeral was held Tuesday for Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32, of Pittsburgh's Westwood section. Goodrich died July 10 in Iraq.

Family members said Knoll came to the funeral uninvited, passed out her business cards and made a remark about the government being against the war.

In a phone interview, sister-in-law Rhonda Goodrich said the funeral service was packed with people "who wanted to tell his family how Joe had impacted their lives."

Then, suddenly, "one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll."

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"What really upset the family, Goodrich said, is that Knoll said, 'I want you to know our government is against this war,' " Goodrich said.

This is an elected official? This is a representative of the people?

The office of the Governor of Pennsylvania is entitled to take any stance it wants regarding whether the War on Terrorism is worth fighting, but a Marine's funeral is not the place to make those views known. Dishonoring a dead Marine and distressing his family is unforgivable, and would be reason to end her career.