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Shays "Screams Obscenities" At Capitol Police Officer

by: tparty

Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 17:23:11 PM EDT

The guy is losing has lost it:

According to sources familiar with the event, the outburst began after Officer Randy Cooper informed a staff member that he could not bring a tour through a lower west front door that has restricted access.

One source said that after Cooper informed the staffer that the family could not enter through the door, the staffer called Shays and tried to have the officer speak with him. When the officer refused, Shays himself came down to the post and proceeded to “scream obscenities” at Cooper before touching his nametag to read it in the rain and storming away.

Update: Other recent acts that might have caused a neutral observer to question Shays' mental state have included attacking NASA scientist James Hansen in a committee hearing, literally screaming at the widows of Blackwater contractors who had died in Iraq in a committee hearing, and dismissing Abu Ghraib as a "sex ring" and not torture, among others.

Update 2: C-Mac:

It's OK...

...we already thought you were nuts.

The signs that Chris Shays was going colorfully mad started with the sex ring proposal and the Kennedy comment.

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'Both Ways' Shays strikes again (4.00 / 1)
The Hill: "Shays also expressed his admiration and respect for the Capitol Police and the work they do to protect lawmakers and visitors. He regretted that his actions did not reflect these thoughts."

I'm sure callings a police officer doing his job a #$*@% is a sign of 'admiration and respect'.

LOL, (0.00 / 0)
The Republicans are ALL losing it!  They see the writing on the wall.  only 400+ more days to go, until they will clean out those offices.  Too bad someone did not get a video of Shays going ballistic.  What a great ad that would make!

Neocon Joke (4.00 / 3)
Q. How many neocons does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A. Go fuck yourself.

We NEVER swear here at MLN (0.00 / 0)
Hi, Kossacks! Scarce just had a no good, very bad day today.

Scarce, go to your room.

Where's a videoblogger when you need one? (0.00 / 0)
This would have been a priceless one to have saved for posterity.

When someone accosts your "nametag" and is clearly being vituperatively toxic with the obscenities, can the victim press charges of assault and battery? This is de ja vu of the incident with the congresswoman from Georgia.

The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

hey (0.00 / 0)
if  demm  they ran a race agen her he needs  to resign  i dont care  he needs  to go to

It is not his fault (0.00 / 0)
It is Westport's fault for teaching him to be uncivil at his town meetings

hahaha (0.00 / 0)
i am  from wesport  why do you  say  its diane  fault  you no  we tried to get him out  ok we tried hard 2 times

ctpublius wasn't blaming farrell. (4.00 / 1)
Sal, ctpublius is being very tongue and cheek with the Westport reference. A few months ago (April) when Shays was going around the towns in his district, he blamed his Westport constituents as being uncivil to him.

At the beginning of the session he insulted the people of Westport--again.  By saying they were rude and he hope that would be civil this time.

The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

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tongue in cheek, not tongue and cheek, n/t. (0.00 / 0)

The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

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yes (0.00 / 0)
i agree  what i am sorry

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How could it possibly (4.00 / 2)
“I take full responsibility for this incident and want to ensure it does not reflect negatively on the officer in any way.”

reflect negatively on the officer?

Or is this the way Shays casts doubts on the officers actions without actually making an explicit accusation? Innuendo works wonders...

That is SOOO Chris Shays!! (4.00 / 1)
Incredible!! I mean, how arrogant can you get?!  He cusses the guy out, "grabs" at the nametag on his uniform shirt, uses the "F-word" repeatedly (let's remember that he stalked through the halls of Congress just to get at this police officer who pissed him off).  But Shays wants to make sure that this incident doesn't "reflect negatively" on the officer?  What Chutzpah!!!

Chris, ole' buddy?  The police officer is free and clear.  Your derrier is on the line!

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Via (4.00 / 1)
TPM Election Central:

Shays says he supports establishing timelines, but keeps objecting every time the Dems...establish actual timelines.

Welcome to the WINO caucus, Rep. Shays!

A postscript: The WINO caucus, as you all know, refers to Waverers In Name Only -- GOP members of Congress who are allegedly "wavering" in their support of Bush's war policies but won't vote for anything that would actually change those policies.

Drinking Liberally in New Milford
ePluribus Media

Buh-bye Mr. Shays (0.00 / 0)
Buh-bye, and we hope you don't sustain any injuries to your gluteus maximus as you exit the door that separates merit/earned positions from those awarded in spite of reason and justice, because the recipients are cronies.

Unsurprising. (4.00 / 2)
The officer dared to challenge Shays' authority. That always makes him flip out.

FYI, if any of you want to see some real fun, bring a video camera to Shays' next town meeting. He'll almost certainly stop the meeting and demand that you publicly admit that you work for Jim Himes.

hmmm... (0.00 / 0)
time to fire up the googlebomz again?

"There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning." - Warren Buffet

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You hit the nail on the head! (0.00 / 0)
Compare Lightman's whitewash with reports from Westport News and the Washington Post.  A certain Washington Bureau Chief is definitely trying to soft-pedal this story!

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CNN sheds more light on Shays' sordid behavior: (4.00 / 1)
Shays also said that the point of his apology was “that I don’t want anything that I did to reflect on” the officer.

Earlier in the day both Shays and Cardarelli said the characterization of the incident had been “overblown.” Shays, in fact, said it “wasn’t even close” to an altercation.

But after Capitol Police issued a statement on the incident, Shays issued a statement of his own with an apology.

“Although my focus was in trying to locate my constituents and get them to a dry location, I know I clearly could have handled the situation with the officer in a more professional and respectful way, and I regret I did not do so,” Shays said in his statement, adding that he has “respect and admiration” for the “difficult mission” of

the Capitol Police. “They deserve all of our respect and admiration, and I apologize that even for a few moments my behavior did not reflect my appreciation of that fact,” he said.

The congressman added that he hopes to “meet with the officer and apologize to him in person” when he returns to Washington on Monday.

In its statement, Capitol Police said the officer “took offense to the manner in which the congressman spoke to him and said that the congressman also reached out and touched his name tag.”

The officer filed “a courtesy complaint” against Shays, the statement said, prompting a meeting between Chief of Police Phillip D. Morse Sr., Assistant Chief of Police Dan Nichols and Shays.

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its deff if a dem (0.00 / 0)
you  see  chris  shays  if it was a  demm  they  ask them  resgin  or go away

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