Saturday, February 1, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm - Thug at Large

Saturday is usually reserved for cartoons, but sometimes real life characters can be more entertaining. So, today I am cancelling the cartoon in favor of the buffoon. 

Now, if you are dead you probably haven’t heard that Representative Michael Grimm of New York threatened to break news reporter Mike Scotto “in half” on Tuesday night after the President’s State of the Union Address. Mr. Scotto committed the crime of asking a legitimate question concerning the Congressman’s troubled finances. Here is that exchange;

You have to wonder as you watch this and Rep. Grimm returns to deliver his threat, does he actually thinks that we cannot see and hear him? The Capitol Rotunda is well known for its superb acoustics. But the Congressman doesn't really care about that at all. You see he belongs to a very privileged set of Americans, to whom the ordinary laws do not apply. After all, they are the lawmakers.

Personally I am sick and tired of Congressman yelling and threatening reporters who are doing their jobs by monitoring the activities of our elected officials. They seem to think that they are beyond the laws that they write. I have a suggestion for Mike Scotto; have the Congressman charged with battery. It’s a misdemeanor and by itself will probably not affect the Congressman’s career.

But, it would be like placing a shot across his bow; I’m an old Navy guy; and might just serve as a warning to the rest of our elite, elected officials that there has been a “sea change” in America. We, the People, will not tolerate being bullied by our employees any longer. We will, instead, hold them “responsible” for their behavior.

Here are the Congressman’s contact addresses and phone numbers at the 3 offices you pay for. Make your feelings known to this miscreant bully who would use the halls of Democracy to cow both Freedom of the Press and open, accountable government. If you don’t speak up now there will come a time when you are no longer able to.

Note: I began this post on Wednesday and contacted all of the offices listed below in an attempt to get some sort of statement out of either the Congressman or his staff. I gave my name and contact info to the Brooklyn office, which was the only one that was answering phone. The others all had answering machines stating that their mailboxes were full. I am still awaiting a response to my inquiry.

Washington, DC
512 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3371
Fax: (202) 226-1272

7308 13th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11228
Phone: 718-630-5277
Fax: 718-630-5388

Staten Island
265 New Dorp Lane, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10306
Phone: (718) 351-1062
Fax: (718) 980-0768

Tell them Robert at Rooftop sent you!

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