Wow, check out this vermin.

Mike Gatto is yet another example of the kind of arrogants politicians who are above the people they work for, except this guy even takes it up a notch.

The thing that’s a little surprising here is that Gatto seems to even have the cops in his pocket. Watch how the police threaten to arrest a reporter for taping at a townhall meeting… at a public library. Gatto probably doesn’t want any cameras around to record the police arresting people for daring to ask a question.

Just look at some of these guys — the “smug weasel” reading is off the chart with Gatto and his staff:

This reminds me of Iowahawk’s “Crisis of Confidence: America’s Government Losing Faith in Out-of-Touch Constituents.”

The line between satire and reality is almost indistinguishable these days. That said, Gatto’s probably got a hell of a career in national Democrat politics ahead of him.

(h/t Freedom’s Lighthouse)


11 Responses to “Democrat California Assemblyman Refuses to Allow His Townhall Meeting to be Taped”

  1. jamesrileyjr on July 27th, 2010 2:21 pm

    The police seem to have been very polite and orderly towards the camera crew, and may have simply been trying to defuse the situation by removing the camera crew.

    While I totally understand the camera crew's frustration and agree with their complaints against the police, you've got to admit the cops were between a rock and a hard place – remove the peaceful camera crew quickly and sort out the First Amendment issue afterwards or remove the Gatto "staffer" if that is his position, and possibly face a violent confrontation.

    That being said, Gatto and his supporters are thugs. There's no other word for their behavior.

  2. TyM on July 27th, 2010 2:24 pm

    According to the comments on Youtube by the person that filmed it, the cops refused to do anything until the staff found a line in the contract with the library that gave Gatto the right to ban audio and video equipment. The other arguments of needing press credentials or a permit didn't convince the cops.

    Seems to me that the cops knew the other arguments were bogus.

  3. Nick on July 27th, 2010 3:15 pm

    George Bush and Dick Cheney refused to testify under oath to the 9/11 commission, and refusted to even be interviewed seperatly.

    The worst terrorist attack on American soil in history, and your beloved leaders dictate the terms of their cooperation with the investigative body.

    Dougie Powers complains? NADA. Some assemblyman in CA doesn't want to get taped being harrassed by a bunch of moronic teabaggers? BIG NEWS.

    Typical empty hypocrisy.

  4. Joyanna Adams on July 27th, 2010 3:23 pm

    Well, next thing you know, they will be taking names and sending fish wrapped in newspapers….

    Really outrages behavior…I always wondered what happened to the guys in the Mafia…now we know! Chicago's mob has now come to California.

    Thanks for the update.

  5. Doug on July 27th, 2010 1:28 pm

    Nick's back! I'd noticed the toilets hadn't been backed up for a while.

    Plenty of your fellow lefties think the 9/11 commission was a joke, but do you praise the progressive guts of Bush and Cheney for not taking part in a fact-finding farce where the conclusions were drawn up in advance? NADA.

  6. Nick on July 27th, 2010 6:10 pm

    Nice to be welcomed back!

    That is a farce suggesting Bush and Cheney did anything other than a complete CYO move.

  7. Somebody who knows. on July 27th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Hey, guys You have no idea what you are talking about.

    The guy in front of the camera is a gadfly. He is no journalist. He has never been paid to go and get a story.

    While he was in the military, he refused to pick up a gun. Instead he was a "reporter".

    He's pissed at Gatto because Mursurlian backed another candidate, of his own ethnicity, in the race that Gatto won.

    So now Mursurlian has nothing better to do in the evening except make a pain in the ass of himself.

  8. Rick on July 27th, 2010 7:15 pm

    Welcome back,Nick.

    You are just in time for election season.We can all watch Obama’s nose grow,together.
    Three cheers for the Tea Party!
    Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!

  9. Nanny on July 27th, 2010 11:53 pm

    Welcome back Nick! Did you have fun at juvy camp? Did mommy visit? Any new "friends" to tell us about? How was the food? Have you filed any lawsuits regarding the yucky food? Did you get to put your bed in the yen position to help you find yourself? Anyway hope signing up for your 7th grade classes this fall make you feel better about yourself.

  10. OK_Loyalist on July 27th, 2010 10:57 pm

    I have an idea what I'm talking about. Expect more of this eradication of liberty in this country unless the conservatives makes gains this November and November 2012.

  11. Ken in Texas on July 28th, 2010 6:05 pm

    Nick didn't get a bed. He had to sleep naked in a hammock due to his lack of nocturnal bladder control and chronic diarrhea of the mouth.

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