A change of plans and a series of misunderstandings between U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, Huntsville’s local Tea Party, and local constituents who signed up for tickets to a canceled town hall led to a minor kerfuffle last week that nevertheless yielded some interesting phone cam videos. We were fascinated to hear what Mo had to say about what Republicans in Washington are thinking.
At the Huntsville Tea Party meeting at Whitesburg Baptist Church on Pulaski Pike on Feb. 9, audience members Ashley Ultim and Brent Caron both recorded portions of Mo’s comments, sharing them on Facebook or YouTube. Later, Deborah Barros-Smith arrived with friends and made her own video, also shared on YouTube with a boost from Daily Kos. These are all rough, hand-held phone recordings, and we are grateful to Ashley, Brent and Deborah for providing them.
The clips maybe be hard to hear at times, but we think more constituents should hear what Mo Brooks thinks about Democrats, about the budget and about the dangers of serving in Congress. Therefore a small team of volunteers has transcribed these videos (thank you!) in order to share the words of Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks with the broader public. Brooks speaks of the fears some Republican members of Congress are projecting onto Democratic constituents, and describes a strategy to starve certain programs of the funds needed to function.
AL-05 – Madison County, in particular – has quite a large federal work force. No doubt many of them will be concerned by Brook’s offhand comment about their jobs:
The best tool Donald Trump probably has to reduce the size of the bureaucracy if he wants to do it – and if I get a one on one conversation with him I’m going to mention that – is just say ‘I don’t have the money – sorry – I gotta lay all these people off – I don’t have the money – we have a 600 billion dollar deficit this year – we’re 20 trillion dollars in debt…