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Live Ticketed or Die

I live in New Hampshire’s second Congressional district. But, if I lived in the first, I don’t think I’d be too thrilled with Carol Shea-Porter. After sneering at disaffected constituents as “teabaggers”, the Congresswoman was finally pressured into holding the occasional “town hall meeting,” but only from deep within well-guarded federal buildings in which she’s papered the room with out-of-staters. And even then you gotta stick to the rules:

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.”

NowHampshire.com has learned that the gentlemen Shea-Porter removed, Carl Tomanelli from Londonderry, is a retired New York City patrolman.

So Congresswoman Shea-Porter is now having retired cops booted out of her meetings. I share Ed Driscoll’s puzzlement:

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.

And all within the space of a minute. I’m overseas at the moment, so perhaps in my absence a law has been passed making it a felony to ask a question without a valid ticket. But, if not, someone should remind Congress that they’re citizen-legislators: They’re our representatives, not our rulers. A cat can look at a king but a constituent can’t look at Queen Carol without entering a lottery? If you can’t handle an interjection from an elderly police officer without having him frogmarched from the room, maybe you should be in another line of work.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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