Video: Shea-Porter has constituent arrested at town-hall forum

posted at 1:20 pm on August 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This is a curious re-election strategy, especially for a Representative who made her name by bird-dogging her former Congressman at his town-hall forums.  Consistency isn’t Carol Shea-Porter’s strong suit, apparently, as she demonstrates in this clip from the meeting she finally held with constituents after dodging them for most of the month. When one of her constituents challenges the presence of union enforcers in the crowd, Shea-Porter asks for police intervention:

I’ve watched this video a couple of times, and I still can’t figure out why the police took this man out of the room. He was actually less disruptive than the woman behind him. He challenged Shea-Porter on the appearance of SEIU protesters in the room, one of whom got up and disrupted his question. When the first man then challenged the residency of the SEIU rep, police swooped in and removed him.

According to Now Hampshire, they removed the man because he didn’t get a Golden Ticket to allow him to speak at the meeting:

In four short years Carol Shea-Porter has evolved from a rabble-rousing, town hall disrupting anti-war activist who once had to be forcibly removed from a President George Bush event in Portsmouth to a Member of Congress who instructed armed security guards to remove a frustrated voter from her own town hall event in Manchester on Saturday.

In the appended video, Shea-Porter can be seen instructing security to remove a man for standing to ask a question without a ticket. Shea-Porter previously held a lottery to determine who could ask questions. She can also be heard taunting the man on his way out by saying, “I do hope the movie theater can be a little quieter for you.”

Now Hampshire also reports that the man they removed is Carl Tomanelli — a retired policeman.

Shea-Porter heaped disparagement on “tea-baggers” who showed up to dissent on ObamaCare, which is rich with irony, considering Shea-Porter’s history:

“The irony is, of course, that Shea-Porter used to be a ‘tea-bagger’ on the left,” writes Nashua Telegraph columnist Kevin Landrigan. “She stalked then-congressman Jeb Bradley at town hall-style meetings the 1st District Republican incumbent held throughout his district.”

Four years ago Carol Shea-Porter protested at the State House alongside people dressed as Nazis while accusing the federal government of trying “to brand us like sheep.” On Saturday, she disparagingly referred to people who do not trust the same federal government to run our health care system as “these people.”

“We remember when, Carol, do you,” asks Landrigan.

But that was when she was one of the hoi polloi. Now, she’s in power, and Shea-Porter doesn’t deign to take questions without preselecting who can speak in her presence.  And that’s a re-election strategy that is both all too familiar and increasing unlikely to succeed in 2010.

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5

Was this CONSTITUENT actually ARRESTED?

Or merely escorted out.

maverick muse on August 31, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Not really much of a difference there sport. Constituents get told to STFU while the SEIU gets to stay? Defend that.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 8:55 AM

What we need is a series of camps to hold the vast numbers of these crazy-ass freedom loving capitalist.

TheSitRep on August 31, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Actually Gitmo would be what they are looking for…

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

His mistake was going peacefully, he should have just sat down and said nothing, let the police “rough him up” just like the liberals do.
If he sat down, and said “I am assembling peacefully”, then let the police and this Porter chick take the heat.

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 9:03 AM

There is not enough hatred and disgust for this woman.

She just crapped all over all of us, our country, our history.

Why did we get rid of Kings and Queens, when we get the same corruption, incompetence and arrogance in “elected” officials?

This woman deserves to be thrown in a pot of boiling tar, to be feathered and to be ridden out of town on a rail.

NoDonkey on August 31, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired
upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here,”

Captain John Paker, Lexington Green, April 18th 1775

Our founding fathers overthrew the tyranny of a government insensitive to the will of the citizenry. Shea-Porter proves that it is time to hit the reset button on Congress.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 7:34 AM

I love the history I am re-learning here. Something I learned over 50 years ago (1960)in school, and never thought about it indepth. Never was it more relevant to me than today–this is not my America that I was taught about in school…

lovingmyUSA on August 31, 2009 at 9:13 AM

No he should have fought back and started a donnybrook, imho.
They started the violence and he has a RIGHT to ask his representative questions. She does not have any authority to throw him out.

Best lines from the article:

She has been getting such a pounding over not holding town hall meetings this week that it is beginning to get weird, especially because she is in the district,” Pindell writes.

In recent weeks, Shea-Porter has become, in the words of one Democratic operative who asked to remain anonymous, “unhinged.”

dogsoldier on August 31, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Well it is obvious that questioning the presence of thugs, will not be allowed.

Slowburn on August 31, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Never was it more relevant to me than today–this is not my America that I was taught about in school…

lovingmyUSA on August 31, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Of course not. You and I are old enough to remember when schools taught that the founding fathers had noble intentions and were not demonized as White slave-holding Christian males. The fact of the matter is that the NEA and left have done a very good job teaching children to hate their country. It is even easier these days when the filthy liar in the White House clearly hates America.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Of course not. You and I are old enough to remember when schools taught that the founding fathers had noble intentions and were not demonized as White slave-holding Christian males. The fact of the matter is that the NEA and left have done a very good job teaching children to hate their country. It is even easier these days when the filthy liar in the White House clearly hates America.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Nah. Children are rarely taught to hate the founders, they’re really a very glorified bunch. What they don’t learn are the principles behind the actions they took.

thequeball on August 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM

What an irony. First, Representative Carol Shea-Porter is confused because she hyphenates her last name. She is not sure who she wants to be known as. Second, it is apparent she does not tolerate dissent, unless it is her own dissent. Third, that unions now consider themselves the nations police and you a guilty of an offense if your views are offensive to their view.

Now, we have liberals in charge of this country. But, not much is heard about the change taking place in our onetime enemy, Japan. We introduced them to the democracy that Representative Carol Shea-Porter tout as the cure for all of our problems. For the last 40+ years japan has practiced Ms. Shea or Porter form of iberal politics. However, after 40+ years, the last 15 in disarray enroute to collapse, they have democratically replaced the old with the new. They have seen what liberal politics have done and voted to let the “people and markets” get them out or their doldrums.

MSGTAS on August 31, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Now, we have liberals in charge of this country. But, not much is heard about the change taking place in our onetime enemy, Japan. We introduced them to the democracy that Representative Carol Shea-Porter tout as the cure for all of our problems. For the last 40+ years japan has practiced Ms. Shea or Porter form of iberal politics…..

MSGTAS on August 31, 2009 at 10:13 AM

So if The Cat and the rest of us free market types around here buy Asian autos to put a thumb in the eye of the socialists, we are really not doing that, are we?

Oh I forgot, the Germans and Asians are real free market systems with no government on the other pillow. And that is why their cars are so great. This contention really works, just don’t study the situation too closely.

IlikedAUH2O on August 31, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I’m just frankly agog at a video of a gentleman being taken away by uniformed men after peacefully posing questions to his elected representative.

JohnTant on August 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Has it come out any where that the SEIU guy was actually imported and paid?

jeanie on August 31, 2009 at 12:36 PM

I’m just frankly agog at a video of a gentleman being taken away by uniformed men after peacefully posing questions to his elected representative.

JohnTant on August 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Exactly, since when did posing a question to a Congressidiot, without a ticket, become a crime?

I hope he sues the hell out of the policeman, the police department and this a-hole Shea-Porter.

NoDonkey on August 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM

His mistake was going peacefully, he should have just sat down and said nothing, let the police “rough him up” just like the liberals do.
If he sat down, and said “I am assembling peacefully”, then let the police and this Porter chick take the heat.

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Retired. Might have had a sick wife waiting at home. However, had he sat down it would have destroyed her

The fact of the matter is that the NEA and left have done a very good job teaching children to hate their country. It is even easier these days when the filthy liar in the White House clearly hates America.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 9:45 AM

And a good job of teaching kids who do not already have religion, that religion is the sign of a weak mind. I have met a series of intelligent, naive young folk recently who have the same talking point: I do not care if people have their beliefs, but when they try to stuff it down my throat I object…

The talking point never varies and ‘stuffing down the throat’ means speaking out loud any religious ideas or phrases like ‘thank God’. They are certain this is banned obscene speech just like the ‘N’ word. Meanwhile, ads now run on cable to expand the list of verboten speech to include ‘That is so gay’ etc

entagor on August 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM

She protects the screaming astroturfed union goons, and gets this real contituent (retired cop) taken to jail. Brush up that re’sume’ hunny.

marklmail on August 31, 2009 at 1:51 PM

The DEMs are on the edge of something very bad. There were a lot of dissenters in pre Hitler Germany, and Nazi supporters used this tactic of shout down, beat up, and swarm. The brown shirts gathered momentum and pulled in non brown shirts as they became successful.

The danger of the Brown Shirt tactic is letting it go unanswered. Somewhere this group made a decision their goals were too important to leave to the will of the general public.

Of this I am absolutely certain because I am hearing this as a talking point, that politicians were not elected to represent the wishes of their constituents, but to listen, and then vote for the good of the constituents even if it i against their wishes

The Brown Shirts in the previous administration ignored the public voice on border law, facilitation of employment of undocumented workers, refusing to act against the importation of dangerous or toxic products in the name of global interests etc although eventually they backed down on legislation, or used dog and pony shows to pretend they were responding

Both parties are struggling aginst the public will, but the Left has moved to the next phase of the struggle, trying to inimidate the public voices into silence

As the elites grow in their daring, the public is responding in kind. The public cannot back down at the point poiliticians attempt to physically silence their voice. There is no turning back now

entagor on August 31, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Tyrant, rope, lamp post.

Some assembly required.

HBowmanMD on August 31, 2009 at 2:44 PM

So, will we need a special Democrat Golden Ticket to vote in 2010?

TexasJew on August 31, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Retired. Might have had a sick wife waiting at home. However, had he sat down it would have destroyed her

entagor on August 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM

You say “might” then you say “would have”…why don’t you argue with facts that you know about, rather then creating something, then pretending it is real….goodness.

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Somewhere this group made a decision their goals were too important to leave to the will of the general public.

That may be the most succinct description of what is happening that I’ve read yet. Many suspected it during the campaign, but blew it off as being impossible and chalked it up to paranoia. Now the signs are all too prevalent to be mere coincidence or the ranting of the far right.

tpitman on August 31, 2009 at 5:12 PM

We slowly slip ever closer to the first shots of the second civil war.

Pretty sure that’s what happens when there are no other options left. Read Massad Ayoob for clarification.

roy_batty on August 31, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Shea-Porter is unfortunately my rep….this woman refuses to answer any emails that question her voting record. Nor will she answer any questions in regards to the bills that are coming before her….cap & trade, healthcare reform, etc. She needs to be looking for a new job in 2010!

NotPC on August 31, 2009 at 7:32 PM

This clip has had me talking like a New Englander for the past half hour, “Get ya’ hannnds ouff meh!”

For a boy from Mesquite, TX it’s good times.

Heftyjo on August 31, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I attended Frank Guinta’s town hall forum in Exeter, NH tonight. Guinta has announced his candidacy for Shea-Porter’s seat in 2010.

Mr. Tomanelli was finally given a chance to speak. I didn’t notice him until he started talking. He was seated just a couple seats away from me, and I got some good video. It’s uploading now. I’ll post a link when it’s done.

Bruce in NH on August 31, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Everyone talking about 2010 elections needs to be aware that the e-voting systems have likely been rigged. It’s happening in every country that Obummer admires.

Look into Smartmatic and Sequoia; both companies have ties to the Venezuelan govt (although of course their attorneys say they don’t). The president was killed in an unusual plane crash (BOTH engines failed) in 2008. Venezuelan officials were the first to respond to the accident (to make sure they were dead). Not sure if we are allowed to place other sites links here, but search on the Brad Blog.

Look into these companies. This is why DemoRATS aren’t acting too worried about repercussions during the elections. If you have fixed voting systems, they always win. This is why we need a special RECALL —NOW.

elle capitan on September 1, 2009 at 5:18 AM

additional note: I am not sure what system is going to be used in the 2010 elections, but someone needs to ensure that is is accurate.

elle capitan on September 1, 2009 at 5:20 AM

Was this CONSTITUENT actually ARRESTED?

Or merely escorted out.

maverick muse on August 31, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Not really much of a difference there sport. Constituents get told to STFU while the SEIU gets to stay? Defend that.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 8:55 AM

It’s a question that need no defense, highhopes. But since you claim there’s not much difference, think twice because there is. Your response shows that you failed to read what I already wrote regarding the SEIU disturber not being carted out as well, having spoken without the gold plated permission slip.

maverick muse on September 1, 2009 at 5:50 AM

This is why we need a special RECALL —NOW.

elle capitan on September 1, 2009 at 5:18 AM

True.

maverick muse on September 1, 2009 at 5:55 AM

Carl Tomanelli speaks his mind.

Now, can we talk him into running for Judd Gregg’s soon-to-be vacant senate seat?

Bruce in NH on September 1, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Seriously?
Arrested him?
What has happened to my country? We’re are definitely off the rails.

right wing chicky on September 2, 2009 at 7:44 AM

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5