Saturday, July 21, 2007

Chris Shays Needs to Learn Manners

Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays, R-4, had an altercation with a Capitol police officer.

It seems Shays was bent out of shape because the officer would not allow Shays to violate Capitol policy with some constituents by using an entrance constituents are not allowed to use, so Shays argued with the officer and -- while reports are vague -- somehow became physical with the officer.

I'm not sure, because I wasn't there, exactly how he became physical. Some reports say he grabbed the officer, some say he grabbed the officer's name tag ...

The officer told his boss who talked to Shays, and now Shays is all apologetic, going on and on about how great the Capitol police are.

This is how our elected representative acts? At work, no less? Too bad he doesn't get that fired up on the floor, he might be more effective.

I guess it's fitting, really, because I meet too many people around here with that same "I deserve special treatment" attitude, and they're not even elected officials, just regular jamokes.

But, regardless of how sorry he is now, he's lucky he didn't get knocked on his butt by the officer, who showed great restraint, because I know I don't have the tolerance for that kind of junk.


Karen Olson said...

Well, when we have a vice president who tells a senator to go f**k himself, that sort of sets precedents, doesn't it?

Al said...

Actually, I don't think they're the same thing. I don't mind lawmakers getting rough among themselves; trying to throw their weight around amongst the commoners is another thing. (Yes, I would buy tickets to a cagematch between Nancy Pelosi and Condoleezza Rice!)