Boot Them All

We need to remember things like this next fall

Hypocrisy: Rep. Gene Green has voted against bills that require people to present a photo ID before they vote. But don’t show up at one of his public gatherings without a driver’s license. You won’t get in.

On his Web site, Green, a Democrat who represents working-class Houstonians, says that “due to a coordinated effort to disrupt our town hall meetings, we will be restricting further attendance to residents of the 29th congressional district and verifying residency by requiring photo identification.”

Green’s position isn’t wholly unreasonable, particularly when crowds are too big for the venues in which meetings are held. In that case, constituents should be given priority. But by requiring attendees to produce a photo ID, he has exposed himself as inconsistent at best and hypocritical at worst.

Thanks to Tom Blumer, from whose blog we learned about Green’s plan, we know that in 2005 and 2006 the congressman opposed legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Now, what’s more important to the current and future health of our republic? Trying to hold clean elections or excluding “outsiders” from public meetings?

We need to vote out all of these people.

It’s our only hope.

3 Responses to “Boot Them All”

  1. Gary from Jersey says:

    Try getting into Pallone’s little koffeeklatsch next week, Mr. B. You won’t get close enough to bother pulling out your wallet.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Rush Holt is having one by me on the 26th.

  3. Dave J. says:

    Fuck him. I pay Gene Green’s salary, too. Members of Congress may only represent their constituents, but they are employed by all of us.

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