Just when you thought you have heard everything and seen about everything you get surprised.
This past week in the legislature the speaker out did himself and got into an argument with Rep. Steve Vailancourt from Manchester. Steve is a very popular Rep. in his area and his well known for his intelligence, flamboyance, and fierce defense of right from wrong and people’s rights. This past week a democrat got up to speak and was cut short by the speaker. Then one of the speaker’s friends got up to speak and was allowed. Then Steve got up to speak and challenged the speaker on what he just did and a shouting match ensued. You can never win an argument with a bully holding the hammer and Steve was told he was out of order and to sit down. In a set of circumstances like this, Steve is not inclined to do either and the speaker ordered security to escort him to his seat. Steve started to walk away and the speaker said something else and Steve walked back to the mike and said, “sieg heil”, and the speaker ordered him removed from the house.
I never took offense of what Steve said, bad choice of words, but no offense. I knew Steve was paying tribute to someone acting like a German dictator and nothing else. The speaker’s cult quickly jumped on this and made it sound like Steve was a Nazi sympathizer which is the furthest from the truth.
Steve went back to his seat to sit down when house security and state police arrived to escort him out. What was interesting was several legislators started yelling at security to leave him alone. At that point Representative (attorney) Soltani from Epson, who has been thrown off the house floor for arguing with speaker on prior occasions, went and sat down with Steve for a legal chat.
Things quieted down and Steve made his apology and the house started to get back to normal. An interesting side note is when Tony tried to speak about this incident; the house (cult) started booing him which is a big taboo. Tony asked the speaker “if you’re going to throw rep. Vailincourt out he needs to throw out all the people booing”. The speaker couldn’t do that because they were mostly his supporters.
I then find out that this incident went global and was reported in a number of other countries. This whole incident was avoidable and showed the world what the NH House is like; this wall the house and press talked about for the rest of the week.