Democratic Group American Bridge Apologizes After Oppo Tracker Films Memorial Service

Outrage from New Hampshire Republicans.

On Saturday, James Pindell a reporter for WMUR-TV in New Hampshire tweeted that a tracker from the opposition research group American Bridge was recording political speakers at a memorial service.

The service was for New Hampshire Executive Councilor Ray Burton who died in November. The service was held at Plymouth State University.

wmur.com / Via nhpr.org

The New Hampshire Republican party announced they would ban American Bridge from all party events after they “crashed” the service.

“It is disgusting that a Democrat-affiliated group like American Bridge would politicize a memorial service and use this non-partisan event to try and score cheap political points,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Clearly this classless liberal political organization has crossed the line, and as a result of its outrageous behavior, American Bridge trackers are immediately banned from all New Hampshire Republican State Committee sponsored events. Additionally, we will encourage all candidates, and local Republican committees to remove American Bridge staff from their events.”

Via nhgop.org

The group apologized on their Twitter feed Monday.

As a matter of policy, we do not attend those types of events. There was a miscommunication with our staff on the ground in NH... (1/2)

— American_Bridge (@American Bridge)

We sincerely apologize & regret the error. Our staff has addressed the issue internally in order to ensure this never happens again. (2/2)

— American_Bridge (@American Bridge)

A source close to the group said there was a misunderstanding between how the event was described in the group’s calendar and the tracker in New Hampshire, and that Bridge found out the tracker was at the event they asked him to leave and delete his footage.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, AB reiterated it’s apology saying again it was a miscommunication and a mistake.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact this reporter at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com
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