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Today there are lots of people trying to lobby their elected officials on the health care bill pending in Congress, and Gerry Connolly tried to get one of them arrested on false charges of assault, setting a new standard for utterly abysmal, beyond-the-pale horrible constituent service. This guy is absolutely unbelievable.
Connolly is trying to claim he wasn’t aware anyone would want to meet with him today, and is refusing to talk to anyone standing in the long, long line of constituents that are snaking out of his office door and well down the hallway. Instead, his staffers are telling folks that they need to fill out a form where they can write down what they want to say to him while Connolly hides in his office and won’t talk to anyone. Connolly left his office about an hour or so ago, and a small woman, about 4′ 8″ touched his arm, trying to get his attention long enough to say a few words to him as he tried to flee.
Connolly then reacts like he’s been bitten by a snake, and starts ranting on to her that what she did was assault him, that assault is a felony, and he is going to have this woman, who couldn’t have weighed more than 110 pounds ARRESTED. Connolly then charges down the hall yelling to the capitol police, WHO THEN TAKE CONNOLLY’S CONSTITUENT INTO CUSTODY. The police talk to this woman for about two minutes, and people in the crowd who witnessed this event give their take on this. The woman is then released, and allowed back in the line to fill out a form where she can express her opinion.
Meanwhile, Gerry Connolly has retreated to an undisclosed location, far away from his constituents.
I’ve seen politicians do plenty of bad things, but this tops the list by a mile. I’ve never seen a Congressman treat his own constituents as if they are somehow his enemy and seek protection from them by the Capitol Police. All of this for the mere offense wanting to talk to your own elected official about pending legislation.
I think this one is going to make the Hannity Show tonight. I’ll have pictures available as soon as I get them.
UPDATE: TownHall.com reports that Connolly’s Communications Director George Burke is the only one who committed an assault today. Yep, Connolly’s office certainly seems to think that constituents are the enemy, rather than the boss.
Burke allegedly pushed Christoph’s arm down forcefully after she asked about her camera, and it drew gasps of surprise from both junior Connolly staffers and about half a dozen other visitors inside Connolly’s office.
Christoph was told that she needed a press pass to have a camera.
“[Then] he bumped into my arm that was holding the camera and threatened to call the police,” said Christoph. “His young staffers conducted themselves very very well, but his senior staffer made it seem like I was the enemy…”
UPDATE #2: here’s a photo taken on a cell phone of the detainment of one of Connolly’s constituents. The woman with the blonde hair on the right is the one Connolly tried to get arrested.
And here’s an action shot of Connolly and the woman he tried to get arrested:
UPDATE #3: The Washington Post mentions this in today’s edition, but unsurprisingly fails to interview anyone but Gerry Connolly in their article. Watchdogs or lapdogs? You decide.
Protesters targeted Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), a first-term congressman whose Fairfax County district voted for Republican Robert F. McDonnell in this week’s gubernatorial election. Connolly, up for reelection next year, said that he has not decided whether to vote for health-care reform but that the tea-party activists will not influence his vote.
“You try to hear them out respectfully,” Connolly said. “The problem is they’re not here on a mission of dialogue. They’re here on a mission to persuade and discourage.”
Connolly said he had an unnerving confrontation in his office when a protester grabbed his arm and did not let up. “I told her, ‘You really need to take your arms off me. I’m on my way to vote,’ ” Connolly said. “I was a little shocked, but I ascribed it more to an overabundance of zeal than any malign intent.”
On his way to vote? On what? You’d think the Post might have bothered to ask him which vote he supposedly was going to, given that he was hiding in his office for the better part of the day while the House went into session starting at 10:00AM. Of course, they didn’t.
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