Kanjorski: No town halls because I don’t want to talk to “nuts”

posted at 2:10 pm on July 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The last we heard from Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), he gave a soliloquy on how “minorities” and “defectives” didn’t qualify as “average, good Americans.”  Apparently, neither do Kanjorski’s constituents.   Challenged by a local radio show to schedule town-hall meetings, Kanjorski told them he didn’t feel like talking with “nuts”:

Last week the 13-term Democrat from Nanticoke was criticized and attacked for his statements about minorities and “defective” people. On Thursday, while appearing as a guest on WILK Radio’s “Webster and Nancy Show,” Kanjorski was asked if he was going to hold any public town hall meetings with his constituents.

“We will do everything we can to meet with people, but I’m not going to set myself up for, you know, nuts to hit me with a camera.”

He said often times “people can’t resist changing what you said or taking things out of context.” He said these “snippets” lead to “distortions.”

“I’m not going to arm my opponent with a baseball bat,” Kanjorski said later in the interview.

Kanjorski’s Republican opponent, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, leveled criticism against the congressman.

Paul Kanjorski has been in Congress for 26 years and his response to our region’s 10 percent unemployment rate is to call his constituents ‘nuts’ and to attack the city of Hazleton,” Barletta said. “Do these so-called ‘nuts’ who attend town meetings fall into Kanjorski’s ‘defective people’ category?”

Besides, Barletta points out, Kanjorski has his own track record with cameras and nuts:

Barletta said Kanjorski won’t hold town hall meetings because he is afraid of “nuts to hit me with a camera and ask stupid questions.”

“Kanjorski is the one who paid a man with a camera $10,000 to follow me and my family around for five months in 2008,” Barletta said. “Kanjorski’s campaign manager (Mitchell) admitted this in a Times Leader story in November 2008.”

The voters have every right to expect Kanjorski to meet with them in their district to hold him accountable for his job performance.  Whether that means “nuts” who want to take down his responses or just voters who are sick of the big-spending agenda Kanjorski supports, those constituents deserve Kanjorski’s time.  If he feels above accountability, then he should find another line of work, preferably with those who share his unique perspective on “defectives” and “minorities.”

However, don’t expect Kanjorski to be the only Milk Carton Democrat in the August recess.  He may just be the most vocal — and the most foolish.


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A gaffe is when a politician says what he believes.

Drained Brain on July 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Murtha lives!

Extrafishy on July 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Nut doesn’t want to talk to “nuts” and “defective” people.

Arrogant ass, among so many, especially from the left side

People, the fools, are no longer “represented”. Arrogant and narcissistic elitists are their masters.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Kanjorski, they are called citizens. And voters. Perhaps they will remind you of that.

Mr. Joe on July 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM

“We will do everything we can to meet with people, but I’m not going to set myself up for, you know, nuts to hit me with a camera.”

“I’m not going to arm my opponent with a baseball bat,” Kanjorski said later in the interview.

Nice going, Paul. You just armed your opponent with an atomic bomb.

Doughboy on July 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM

but if his constituents don’t vote him out…they deserve what they get.

search4truth on July 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Sounds like the typical liberal who, when confronted by true diversity, takes it as a personal insult rather than just thanking the contributor for their point of view, and moving on.

Skandia Recluse on July 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Milk Carton Democrats?

If only they were all truly missing…

trigon on July 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Doesn’t matter. Murtha got re-elected in PA after dissing his constituents. Guess they like it.

a capella on July 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Kanjorski went to the Fortney “Pete” Stark school of constutient relations management and graduated Summa Cum Asshat

bobnox on July 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM

He so funny.

Akzed on July 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM

“I’m not going to arm my opponent with a baseball bat,” Kanjorski said later in the interview.

You already are, dumbass and I hope you continue to be too dim to realize it until it’s too late.

Time to go home, old man.

Brian1972 on July 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM

These are the same people who voted for Murtha…. I expect there may be more than a few dopes in that part of the state. That said, this guy is an arrogant a$$hat. I hope and pray he’s looking for a job, preferrably selling nuts, in the fall.

HomeoftheBrave on July 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Doesn’t matter. Murtha got re-elected in PA after dissing his constituents. Guess they like it.

a capella on July 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Yeah, but Kanjorski barely won reelection in 2008 when it was a great year for Dems and a horrible year for Republicans. This is not a safe district by any stretch and he’s only making matters worse for himself everytime he opens his piehole.

Doughboy on July 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Kanjorski went to the Fortney “Pete” Stark school of constituent relations management and graduated Summa Cum “Loudly”

bobnox on July 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

The last we heard from Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), he gave a soliloquy on how “minorities” and “defectives” didn’t qualify as “average, good Americans.” Apparently, neither do Kanjorski’s constituents.

To be fair, they are the ones who keep electing this POS.

rbj on July 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Kanjorski represents a yellow dog Democrat district that includes Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton. Much like John Murtha, he can get away with insulting his constituents and still get reelected year after year. He bring home just enough pork to keep the hounds at bay.

This particular area was one of the few in PA who strongly supported Arlen Spector in the primary for Senate.

simkeith on July 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

“I’m not going to arm my opponent with a baseball bat,” Kanjorski said later in the interview.

Well, when one is a pu$$y to their very core, conveying one’s ideas and vision to people who might not agree with them, is like arming them with a baseball bat.

It’s a lot easier going through life with a set of beliefs that don’t cower from conveying. Liberalism…such a cowardly religion.

MNHawk on July 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Anyone who has been in Congress over 25 years needs to go home…

d1carter on July 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Paul Kanjorski has been in Congress for 26 years

That’s nuts!!!!!!

TN Mom on July 2, 2010 at 2:21 PM

“I’m not going to arm my opponent with a baseball bat,” Kanjorski said later in the interview.

You just did.

29Victor on July 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

If this tool and others like him get reelected than we will know that the average intelligence level of voting age Americans is in the sewer, as will be our nation.

docdave on July 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Last week the 13-term Democrat from Nanticoke was criticized and attacked for his statements

..I think I see the problem here.

The War Planner on July 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Reminds me of the Seinfeld skit, No Soup for You. I mean really all you can do now, is laugh at the insanity.

jbh45 on July 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM

That’s nuts!!!!!!

TN Mom on July 2, 2010 at 2:21 PM

That’s nothing. John “Dingbat” Dingell’s been in the House for 54 1/2 years!

Doughboy on July 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I wonder if he will be re elected to the seat?.

hawkman on July 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

That is some delicious irony. While talking on record about how he does not want to get caught on record saying something that makes him look bad, he says something that makes him look bad. What a buffoon.

Joe Caps on July 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

His constituents MUST be nuts if they voted for him for the past 26 years.

DrAllecon on July 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

And he’ll probably be re-elected. Didn’t that region of PA continue to elect a guy in the 50s or 60s who openly stated he’d steal, lie, and cheat, but all for them (his constituents).

matthewbit07 on July 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Then he needs to really stop talking to himself now, doesn’t he…

Tuari on July 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Cut him some slack. Maybe he’s not talking about all of his constituents, maybe he’s just talking about those that cling to their guns and religion, or maybe just the white n***ers, or the ones that remind Pelosi of the violence of the ’60s and ’70s, or the ones that stink up the capital building in the summer….

29Victor on July 2, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Since there has been no proven incidents of violence by Tea Party members….I’m assuming when this man says “nuts” he’s referring to members of the SEIU?

capejasmine on July 2, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Reminds me of the Seinfeld skit, No Soup for You. I mean really all you can do now, is laugh at the insanity.

jbh45 on July 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Laugh or cry. My fear is even when Rs take back the house they will do a similarly dismal job and we will never really get back to America of our founders, because politicians are too invested in the system as it exists now to make any lasting changes.

petunia on July 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

He’s sounding kind of senile

ConservativePartyNow on July 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

He’s not going to give his opponents a baseball bat? Seems like he’s doing a pretty good job at giving them ammo.

hawksruleva on July 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Kanjorski represents a yellow dog Democrat district that includes Scranton,

simkeith on July 2, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Meredith, Michael Scott, Dwight…coulda figured.

hoosiermama on July 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Anyone else find it SOP that the Dems “new” message for elections-you dont really want the GOP in power, and then they procede to call people who question or object to their policies “defective” and “nuts”?

Where can I go to sue congress for libel and slander…
Hey Paul Kanjerkoff (Democrap)-your president is defective and nuts.

canditaylor68 on July 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I wonder in the people in PA regret that they keep re-electing this POS?

upinak on July 2, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Shorter Kanjorski – ‘These nuts should be glad they I deign to represent them!’

ajacksonian on July 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM

“We will do everything we can to meet with people, but I’m not going to set myself up for, you know, nuts to hit me with a camera.”

Yeah, he’d rather take a cue from another Dem congressman and be the one hitting the nut’s with cameras.

Scrappy on July 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM

He probably has his driver run over the riff-raft beside the road with his coach and four.

Hening on July 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

No more defective nuts with cameras–Kanjorski is taking lessons from Etheridge.

Hey, wasn’t Kanjorski the Rep. who used Gov’t money to set up a factory for his son that only made defective solar panels?

Time for the defective nut to take a hike.

Steve Z on July 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Kanjorski and [Jeff Dunham's] Walter – Separated at birth

skoot65 on July 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

If this piece of garbage has been elected to 13 straight terms then “nuts” may be the best description for those who elected him.

volsense on July 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

We haven’t seen our wonderful so-called Blue Dog Congressman, Patrick Murphy, either. He and Kanjorski must be using the same playbook, How To Piss Off Your Constituents And Get Hammered In November.

rockmom on July 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

We haven’t seen our wonderful so-called Blue Dog Congressman . . . .

rockmom on July 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

A blue dog is simply someone how is willing to lie about his/her beliefs in order to get elected and give liberals a majority in congress. Sure, they may make sure to vote with conservatives when the dems have enough other votes, but their very presence in congress ensures a liberal agenda will be pursued.

Years ago, it was possible to be somewhat conservative and be a democrat. Today, it is nothing but a lie.

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Kanjorski can see retirement from his House.

CC

CapedConservative on July 2, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Lets not forget that this “representitive of the people” also said on CNBC, a couple of weeks ago, that addressing the part if the meltdown caused by Fannie and Freddie was “too complicated” to be addressed with legislation. This guys a genius.

therealfranklin on July 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM

“I’m not going to arm my opponent with a baseball bat,” Kanjorski said later in the interview.

That’s okay. I’m adequately armed and you can keep the baseball bat.

chemman on July 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM

In a way I can sympathize with that old dinosaur. Winston Churchill said that the best argument against democracy was a 5 minute conversation with the average voter.

crosspatch on July 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Kan-JERK-ski

I’m sure he has heard that before.

txmomof6 on July 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM

He definitely needs to find another line of work. Hopefully the voters will assit him.

GFW on July 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Kanjorski single-handedly revived the profits at big, TARP-funded banks in February of 2009 by holding subcommittee hearings (House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises) regarding Mark-to-Mark financial reporting requirements. He twisted the FASB members’ arms so badly that they immediately issued restated rules allowing banks to state Mortgage Backed Securities, few of which can be accurately valued, at Mark-to-Make-Believe (cost rather than market) when the FASB had required the banks to state the value at Mark-To-Market (fair value) beginning at the end of 2007. The very next quarter, big banks who had received TARP funds were profitable and bankers were getting huge bonuses again.
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Note also that Kanjorski’s subcommittee also regulates Government Sponsored Enterprises, two of the most famous being Fannie and Freddie. I’m sure you are familiar with the role of Fannie and Freddie in the financial meltdown under the “leadership” of Franklin Delano “Frank” Raines as well as the disastrous role of AIG, an insurance company, in the issuance of Credit Default Swaps against Collateralized Debt Obligations, both highly speculative derivatives of MBS issues.
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Kanjorski was right in the middle of the financial melt-down of 2008, promoting it and failing to regulate financial entities doing risky business. He’s a thug and a reprehensible panderer to concentrated financial interests.

ExpressoBold on July 2, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Bo Bo da clownnnnn !

Hummer53 on July 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM

However, don’t expect Kanjorski to be the only Milk Carton Democrat in the August recess. He may just be the most vocal — and the most foolish.

Even his ‘nuts’ comment doesn’t top that moron Pete Stark’s performance at his town hall. That was like watching a 9-year-old having a snit fit.

KS Rex on July 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Kanjorski: No town halls because I don’t want to talk to “nuts”

Gee, must be a bummer then if you happen to run into Pete Stark, huh?

pilamaye on July 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Last year(or maybe it was very early this year) Triple J was patting himself on back because he held one Town Hall…at an all black church…on the southside of Chicago…at night.
If he had really been interested in what all his constituents had to say he would have held one near his Homewood office.
That he didn’t speaks volumes.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 2, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Winston Churchill said that the best argument against democracy was a 5 minute conversation with the average voter.

crosspatch on July 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Never heard that one before…lot of truth to it. Especially now.

Dark-Star on July 2, 2010 at 5:27 PM

‘S okay, Congresscritter, if your constituents have any sense, they’ll relieve you of your obligation to interact with them on November 2, 2010.

ya2daup on July 2, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Both the House and the Senate have “District Work Periods” scheduled for:

July 5-11
and
August 9 to September 12

http://www.thecapitol.net/FAQ/cong_schedule.html

It is time to call all of our Congresspeople and Senators to find out when they will be having Town Hall Meetings for their constituents!

The salary for Rank and file members of the House and Senate for 2010 is $174,000.
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

It is up to us to make sure our “Representatives” are earning their pay!

wren on July 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM

the 13-term Democrat from Nanticoke

What’s wrong with those people???

bofh on July 2, 2010 at 8:41 PM

And the NUTS will set you free.

yoda on July 3, 2010 at 1:31 AM

Bottom line this is the VOTERS FAULT!!!!

13 years they have continued to vote him in and this is the problem around the country. I saw in my election run for congress how apathetic and ignorant the american voter really is, so no one to blame but themselves!

xler8bmw on July 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

but if his constituents don’t vote him out…they deserve what they get.

search4truth on July 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Maybe they do but does the rest of the nation?

Wade on July 3, 2010 at 9:42 AM

WOW! How to win friends and garner votes!

Woody

woodcdi on July 3, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Eloquently put, your lordship.

Kissmygrits on July 3, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I wonder if he will be re elected to the seat?.

hawkman on July 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Yup. The toilet seat.

Woody

woodcdi on July 3, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Sometimes you feel like a nut…

Army Brat on July 4, 2010 at 4:39 AM

Kanjorski, they are called citizens. And voters. Perhaps they will remind you of that.

Mr. Joe on July 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM

I have lost all faith in the Pennsylvania voter…
PLEASE prove me wrong…

Khun Joe on July 4, 2010 at 4:11 PM