Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Nevada, strongly implied during a fundraiser last month that she was the only politician who knew how to react in the immediate aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, according to The Washington Times.
Rosen's comments came during a fundraiser at a private home July 30 in Seattle, and the video was released Monday by the Nevada Independent.
"On Oct. 1, when we had that massacre? I went to those hospital rooms and those funerals," Rosen said at the event. "No one, none of the other politicians — 'What do we do?' I said, 'I'm just channeling my inner rabbi.' So they just put me in front, I just did that, and it was because I knew. I'd been there."
Bragging or being honest?
The Nevada Independent's Jon Ralston said the comments reflect poorly on Rosen, and in his interpretation she is fabricating the way things unfolded in the days following the tragedy.
"This is really not a good look for @RepJackyRosen," Ralston tweeted in response to the video. "The audio/video clearly show her making it seem (falsely) that somehow she was asked to be in front of all other pols, who she implies were befuddled and did not know what to do on 1 October. It's pretty unseemly boasting."
Ralston speculated in a column that Rosen got carried away while speaking to a group of people far from her home state who wouldn't know any better than to accept her version of events.
A different view?
An attendee at the fundraiser pushed back on Ralston's analysis of the comments, saying Rosen wasn't bragging at all.
"I was there, Jon, and with respect, she was not understood at all the way you are suggesting," attendee Eric Redman wrote to Ralston. "She was understood to say (1) no one knew what to do, herself included, and (2) she decided to get 'out front,' i.e., to get face to face, go to hospitals, meet with victims and families."
Ralston did not accept Redman's rebuttal, however, insisting that Rosen's recollection of the events was not accurate.
"How do I know? With respect, I was here and you were not," Ralston responded.
Rosen was far from the only one attending funerals and visiting victims. According to the Nevada Independent, Gov. Brian Sandoval, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and "the rest of Nevada's congressional delegation" did the same.