Archive for Rep. Steve Chabot

VIDEO-- Rep. Steve Chabot to Hillary Clinton: "I wish you well in your future endeavor. Mostly."


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Via ABC, Republican Steve Chabot from Ohio to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the House committee hearing about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya:

"I wish you well in your future endeavor. Mostly."

The video doesn't include the roar of laughter that erupted in the room.

I sensed a theme coming from Democrats at the hearings: Run in 2016, Hillz, run! Anyone else pick up on that? There was a reason...

Hillary was stronger and more professional today than any Republican in the room... make that both rooms. They sniped and posed, accused and grandstanded, politicized and spouted Fox talking points; I swear I heard Hannity's voice come out of a few GOP mouths. But Sec. Clinton calmly and intelligently swatted them away like the irritating House (and Senate) flies they were.

Love her or hate her, agree with her politics or disagree (And I sometimes do. She supported the Iraq War, after all.), she didn't disappoint.

As Chris Matthews said on Hardball, "If she [continues to perform] as well as she did today, look out."


VIDEO: Another GOP Congress member bans cameras used by people who disagree with him


Featuring Tom Queen, Congressman Renacci's Community Relations Coordinator, and Jeff Malek, Wadsworth 9.12 Organizer.

It's becoming quite trendy among the GOP set to ban cameras from town hall meetings, as Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) tried to do when he confiscated them at his own event. (However, after all the criticism, Chabot has now reversed himself and says he will allow cameras in the future.) And let's not forget that very special episode in which Allen West allowed Nicole Sandler to be arrested.

Holding politicians accountable is so democracy ago.

But you know what they say: Monkey see, monkey do. Now it's Rep. Jim Renacci's (R-OH) turn to practice good old fashioned, Constitution-lovin' GOP censorship. It must be an Ohio thing. His staff barred a cameraman from American Bridge, a Democratic organization.

If you listen carefully toward the end of the clip, you can hear that this wasn't really a town hall meetin (!), and that there were concerns with "out of context" video edits. Maybe they should pass that concern on to James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart.

Think Progress has details.


Federal appeals court: Rep. Steve Chabot’s camera ban may have violated the Constitution


It is more important than ever to allow cameras into town hall meetings, as opposed to what Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) tried to do when he confiscated them. (However, after all the criticism, Chabot has now reversed himself and will allow cameras in the future.)

Without citizens being able to document some of the gaffes, abuse, and idiotic policy positions that some Congress members and candidates put out there, they would be able to blithely continue their unprofessional, sometimes illegal ways.

Let's face it, citizen journalists often do better work than the so-called "news" media.

But back to Chabot. Four days after that little town hall tussle I linked to in the first sentence, this happened (via Think Progress):

[T]he U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down an opinion saying citizens have a right to film police engaged in their official duties. The court’s reasoning, however, has very clear implications for Chabot’s camera ban:

[A]s the Court has noted, “[f]reedom of expression has particular significance with respect to government because ‘[i]t is here that the state has a special incentive to repress opposition and often wields a more effective power of suppression.’” [...]

The First Amendment right to gather news is, as the Court has often noted, not one that inures solely to the benefit of the news media; rather, the public’s right of access to information is coextensive with that of the press. [...] The proliferation of electronic devices with video-recording capability means that many of our images of current events come from bystanders with a ready cell phone or digital camera rather than a traditional film crew, and news stories are now just as likely to be broken by a blogger at her computer as a reporter at a major newspaper. Such developments make clear why the news-gathering protections of the First Amendment cannot turn on professional credentials or status.

Think Progress has more.

For a party that claims to be so enamored with the U.S. Constitution, they sure practice a lot of censorship.

Note to Chabot et al: If you don't like embarrassing clips to go viral on YouTube, stop making embarrassing statements.


VIDEO: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) censors town hall - Police seize cameras


Rep. Steve Chabot's on a roll today. Earlier I posted about his getting booed for opposing Planned Parenthood, saying it is “largest abortion provider in the United States”. Believe it or not, he topped himself:

So much for democracy.


It is not supposed to happen in America where we value free speech and proudly revel in our history of men and women standing up and speaking to their elected representatives. But...once again, just last night, as they did in June, Congressman Steve Chabot, his staff and security team made sure that there could be no genuine human interaction or spoken question from the audience or any recorded documentation of what was said. And this occurred in a public meeting, in a public place, conducted by a public official, who while speaking to the public refused over 100 people who disagreed with him the opportunity to speak. And he had the police there to physically enforce his own private rules for public discourse.

Last night it was supposed 'security reasons" that they again not only banned citizen speech, but the photographing and filming of the Congressman speaking as well. Chabot's security team enlisted the help of the on-duty Cincinnati Police (car # 05313) to enforce this policy with the threat of arrest and the actual confiscation of two video cameras until the conclusion of the meeting.

Shades of  the Allen West-Nicole Sandler abuse.

UPDATE: After all the criticism, Chabot has now reversed himself and will (supposedly) allow cameras in the future.

H/t: Leftpalm