Former California Lt. Governor and congressional candidate Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) today called on Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) to break her silence on Operation Fast and Furious, the program run jointly by the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that allowed thousands of guns purchased in the United States to literally walk across the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
"Given the significant Hispanic population we have in the 24th Congressional District and throughout the state of California -- Lois Capps' silence on this issue is troubling," said Maldonado. "Does she support the current congressional investigation? Does she agree with Mexico's Ambassador that this misguided operation has "poisoned" our relationship with our southern neighbor? Who at the Justice Department does Lois Capps believe should be held accountable for the murder of two of our own border patrol agents and hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens? Where does Lois Capps stand on Operation Fast and Furious?"
The investigation into Operation Fast and Furious will be the topic of a meeting being held this afternoon between Attorney General Eric Holder and members of Congress who have been investigating the program.
"I personally believe that citizens on both sides of the border deserve answers," added Maldonado. "Two of our own border patrol agents are dead. Hundreds of Mexican citizens are dead. The Justice Department has stonewalled the congressional investigation refusing to comply with a subpoena. I agree with Mexico's Attorney General that we need answers right now. Hopefully, Congresswoman Capps does too."