Sunday, August 23, 2009

California Lawmaker Praises Self-Proclaimed "Right Wing Terrorist" (UPDATED WITH NEW VIDEO!)


US House Representative Wally Herger, of California’s 2nd congressional district, expressed “enthusiastic approval” of a town-hall attendee who described himself as a “proud right-wing terrorist,” newspapers in northern California report.

According to the Redding Record Searchlight, an incident broke out at a town hall at Simpson University in Redding on Tuesday when Herger signaled encouragement to a 67-year-old town hall attendee, Bert Stead, who called himself a “proud right-wing terrorist.”

“Amen, God bless you,” Herger reportedly replied to the comment. “There is a great American.”

UPDATE: This just in, video of the individual claiming to be "a proud right wing terrorist" and Herger's remarks in response.

That was enough for 50-year-old Marisa Hewitt, who called the largely anti-health reform crowd “a bunch of racist haters” and started “using the f-bomb” after the controversial comments.

That did not sit well with crowd. One individual grabbed Hewitt by the arm and ejected her from the hall with the words “you’re outta here.”

Herger also told the crowd that the health care reform legislation currently before Congress is a “threat” to American democracy.

“Our democracy has never been threatened as much as it is today,” the Mount Shasta Area Newspapers quoted Herger as saying.

Herger, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, has been sending out fliers in which he states that the health reform bill will create “havoc” in the US health care system.

CA-02, a largely rural district dominated by agricultural and timber interests and stretches from Yureka to just north of Sacramento, voted for John McCain by a 12-point margin.

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