AL-05’s most famous chicken, Congressman Mo Brooks, just got burned. He showed the world tonight that he really can’t take the heat. Barely 24 hours after his office in DC, his district office in Huntsville, and the local Tea Party group announced that the planned public town hall had been canceled…. Brooks showed up anyway. His “canceled” meeting got canceled again when members of the actual public showed up to participate.
But not “on time.” Those suspicious individuals who attended “just in case” were told that Brooks’ appearance had been canceled. Fortunately, they stayed long enough to send out a confirmed sighting of our district’s most famous chicken.
Earlier in the evening, the Tea Party folks made a great show of complaining about how many extra hot dogs they had, and waved off the hired police presence, since “no protests” were expected.
Once the coast was clear (he thought), Rep. Brooks strolled casually into his native habitat: a Tea Party meeting hosted in a Baptist church. Oh, but word quickly went forth. Fortuitously, Madison County Democrats were meeting just a few miles away, and they quickly headed for the Tea Party event.
Amazingly. it ended as soon as they arrived and began trying to ask questions.
Madison County Democratic Executive Committee member (and one of the Alabama state coordinators for the Women’s March) Deborah Barros-Smith captured part of the meeting via Facebook live. At about 3 minutes into this video, you see an “unapproved” person dare ask a question.
The response? SHUT IT DOWN!
Here’s the video link on Facebook, and it’s now on YouTube!
It shows the PUBLIC attending, a woman trying to ask questions, and the lot of the non-Tea Party folks getting kicked out. Later, a frustrated attendee plays the voicemail message she received from Rep. Brooks’ office telling her that the meeting was canceled.
At about 3:22, we hear Rep. Brooks musing about threats of violence against Congressmen and modestly noting that “nobody has ever offered more than $30,000 to kill me.”
When the newcomers – the “non-approved” speakers – tried to question the Congressman, he abruptly remembered another pressing engagement and Tea Party organizers told them to leave.
The newcomers protested that it was advertised as a public meeting and were told: “Well, it’s private property. We just closed it.”
Ahem… actually, it’s a CHURCH, a non-profit institution that’s subsidized by taxpayers through property tax abatements and tax-free contributions from donors.
Ok campers… let’s make Friday “Shut Down Mo’s Phone Lines” day. If we won’t meet us in person, his staff can hear from us by phone.
2400 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4801
Fax: (202) 225-4392
Decatur district office
302 Lee Street Room 86
Decatur, AL 35601
Phone: (256) 355-9400
Fax: (256) 355-9406
Huntsville district office
2101 W. Clinton Avenue Suite 302
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: (256) 551-0190
Fax: (256) 551-0194
Shoals area district office
102 South Court Street Suite 310
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 718-5155
Fax: (256) 718-5156
Here’s what should concern every voter in the district. Brooks’ DC office told callers that the Congressman would be in DC tonight, so he couldn’t possibly attend. What’s the scoop? Does he have a doppelganger? Is the Star Trek transporter actually real?
Did Brooks lie to his staff or did they knowingly lie to constituents?
If Mo can’t take the heat, maybe it’s time to get out of the House.