Saturday, October 16, 2010

Another Democrat Meltdown: This Time It's NY's Maurice Hinchey

When a reporter asked U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22) a question he didn't want to be asked, the Congressman decided that the proper response was assault and battery.

The question that Hinchey is currently finding so distressing concerns his financial interest in a project in his district known as the Partition Street Project, for which Hinchey secured $800,000 in federal funding. Interestingly, Hinchey is part owner of land connected to the project. Back in May, according to the local press:
Hinchey said although he lists the land as an asset on his congressional financial filings, he has no direct involvement in efforts to develop the property into a hotel and conference center.
Now Hinchey offers an even more succinct explanation: "Shut up!"

And if telling a reporter to shut up doesn't work? Well, there are alternatives. From Capitol Tonight:
After the shooters turned off their cameras and started to break down, Hinchey made a beeline for [reporter] Kemble and got in his face, according to a YNN videographer who was on the scene. The congressman poked Kemble in the chest aggressively, according to the YNN staffer.

I spoke with Kemble briefly this afternoon, and he told me Hinchey “put his hand on my throat” and then “realized what he had done and walked away.” The YNN shooter told me he did not witness this part of the altercation.
From Legal Insurrection:
This was Hinchey's Bob Etheridge moment.

This video and news report should go viral.  Hinchey epitomizes the arrogance of entrenched Washington, D.C., politicians, who feel that they have the right to physically assault reporters in a public place asking legitimate political questions.
A few more items you might want to keep in mind when making voting decisions this November:

Hinchey is a guy who really knows how to pander to a Progressive voter and the Working Families (ACORN) Party. For example, he co-sponsored Dennis Kucinich's bill to impeach George Bush.  He is strongly anti-business and has one of the worst records on pro-family legislation imaginable.

Hinchey is, as one would expect of a Democrat these days, very pro-green, under certain conditions.  Medical marijuana is high on his wish list, and he consistently votes to put more of that green stuff into Congressional paychecks and "stimulus" efforts. No so for the pockets of school children wanting to bail out of failing schools: he voted against letting tax monies go to school vouchers in DC.

Maurice Hinchey has shown through his votes that he firmly supports stricter sentencing for "hate crimes"; for other crimes, less prison. [I am not making this up.] 

Hinchey's voting record is available here.

His "shut up" record is not available.

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