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Walsh Town Hall Meeting Provides Future Opponent with Campaign Ad Fodder

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 9, 2011 3:00PM

Congressman Joe Walsh is making headlines for something unrelated to his ongoing dispute with his ex-wife over unpaid child support. Walsh held one of his "Cup of Joe with Joe" town hall meetings at an UNO Chicago Bar & Grill in Gurnee over the weekend. Round Lake District 116 recorded the meeting and said "Walsh is very passionate about his feelings when it comes to more government regulations on businesses."

Click the link to the video and forward to the 8-minute mark. You might think what they call Walsh being "passionate about his feelings" may be more accurately described as "Joe Walsh is an asshole."

Walsh at one point screamed, “don’t blame the banks … this pisses me off!” After several constituents accurately pointed out that bank lobbyists occupy key positions within Congress, the SEC, and other oversight bodies that are supposed to supervise bank practices, Walsh began sticking his finger close to his constituent’s faces, yelling, “quiet for a minute or I’ll have to ask you to leave.” The constituent, who had calmly asked his question before being cut-off midway through his sentence, obliged:

WALSH: Thats not the problem! The problem is you’ve got to be consistent. And I dont want government meddling in the marketplace. Yeah, they move from Goldman Sachs to the White House, I understand all of that. But you gotta’ be consistent. And it’s not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home. And we’ve made it easy as possible for people to be in homes. [...] Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now! I am tired of hearing that crap! This pisses me off! Too many people don’t listen. [...]

WALSH: Quiet for a minute! Quiet for a minute!

CONSTITUENT: Joe, what did I say-

WALSH: Quiet for a minute or I’m going to ask you to leave. You need to listen, or I’m going to ask you to leave.

We can't wait for excerpts from this video to pop up in negative campaign ads next year. You voted for him, IL-8 constituents.