Citrus County Chronicle Daily Opinion, Sunday, 25, 2017: "This newspaper would be willing to sponsor and conduct the event (a Daniel Webster town hall). With the assistance of the county sheriff’s office, we’re sure disruptive demonstrations could be kept at a minimum and meaningful conversations could take place about the important issues facing our nation."
There it is: The Chronicle will run interference for cowardly Congressman Daniel Webster, and call upon our new GOPer Sheriff to ring the room with coppers. All in an effort to terrify and/or eject boo-birds. You see, the Chronicle Editorial Board is a one-side-of-the-coin operation, a Board that believes thunderous cheering for an ultra-right congressman is a First Amendment right, but booing the bum is an act of civil disobedience.
By James McIntosh
There is Congressman/Senator Daniel Webster of the early-to-mid 1800s, who was a key figure of the institutions’ “Golden Days.” He was known for his love of speech-making and the political rough and tumble of his era. Then, there is Congressman Daniel Webster, a right-wing Freedom Caucus member, who presently serves Florida’s 11th Congressional District, whose love of speech-making and political rough and tumble are not so much. In fact, Daniel 2’s performance at his “Meet and Greet” in Citrus County, FL, Tuesday, February 21 was dismal. The meeting and greeting were scheduled to last two hours, 12-2 pm, but Number Two was in-and-out in 20 minutes, after showing up 13 minutes late at the outset.
Webster 2’s role in his own Meet and Greet was so insultingly inane that the highlight of the Meet and Greet was the invocation by a preacher whose church has no walls, but preacher himself has the good sense to use a provided microphone. Not so Webster! He repeatedly refused to use the microphone as he spoke in a normal-to-subnormal voice, to two-hundred seated and standing, murmuring and muttering constituents. He avoided saying anything of substance, but how would people know what they could not hear? Many hollered out, “Can’t hear you” or “Use the microphone,” to no avail. But what the hell is a “Meet and Greet” anyway? According to several Citrus County political sorts I spoke with prior to the event, a Meet and Greet consists of a handshake, a self introduction, and a short exchange with the Congressman. 45-minutes prior to the doors opening, I asked a Webster staffer if my understanding was correct, and she said, “yes.” Well, that did not happen.
During Webster’s whisperings someone shouted out, “What about Russiagate” — twice. The Ultra-Conservative ignored that question and all others, and after 20 minutes of virtual nothingness, he abruptly bolted. Only then, while cowering in a hidden hallway, away from his constituents, did Webster respond to questions, questions presented by Chronicle journalist Mike Wright: (He) said he sees no reason for a special congressional investigation into Russian influence in the presidential election, or whether Trump aides were in contact with high-ranking Russians during the campaign. Moreover, “No one can prove one vote changed because of Russia.”
Webster’s comments to Wright’s questions are metaphoric calls to arms. Congressional Republicans will do their best to not investigate Russia’s influence on the past election; to not investigate the weirdnesses within the Trump administration concerning Russiagate. Consider that Watergate crimes and others would not have been outed without investigations.
More Mike Wright: Citrus County Republican Party Chairman George Gasparini said he thought many in the crowd were from other parts of the state — a roving band of objectors meant to disrupt congressional public forums. “They lost out by being unprofessional in not giving him a chance to speak.” Gasparini seems not to understand that We the People of the 11th Congressional District can attend Congressional constituent events anywhere within our district — or within any other Congressional district, for that matter. And to say Webster was not given a chance to speak is pure nonsense. He fled from his constituents, tail between his legs, leaving an hour and fifteen minutes on the floor. (Mike, you should have called George out on that one.) Ultimately, the quirky congressman told Wright he’d have “a town hall meeting sometime in the future,” but I’m thinking he ain’t got it in him.
Author’s note: Thank you, Mike Wright, for http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/big-angry-crowd-greets-congressman