A California Democrat in Congress has schooled a room full of voters on who’s the boss: He is.
That’s from Rep. Mark Takano, who recently held a town-hall type meeting to meet with voters.
But according to a report from Beth Baumann at PolitiChicks, the event in Jurupa Valley, California, drew a strong reaction from Takano when a constituent questioned Takano’s bipartisanship.
According to the report from Baumann, who has been a conservative activist in a number of fields, including while a student at Northern Arizona University where she founded the college chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, Takano was asked about that particular characteristic.
A constituent said, “My question is: which candidate are you? The guy who can’t stand bipartisanship bickering or the guy who holds mock interventions, grades reports and questions the third highest ranking member of a political institution? Which one are you? That’s my question.”
Bauman’s commentary picks up the story:
”As Takano begins to ‘explain’ himself, the guy disagrees with what Takano is saying. The constituent attempts to point out what he’s read from news sources that contradict what Takano claims. Instead of letting his constituent – the guy who pays Takano’s salary via tax dollars – to talk, Takano interrupts the guy.
”’Excuse me sir!’ Takano shouts over him. ‘Excuse me sir! This isn’t your forum. This is my forum! This isn’t a public forum. This is my forum.’”
Takano, who represent voters in the state’s 41st district, an area that includes Perris, Moreno Valley, Riverside and nearby roads and valleys, features one of the less successful economies in the nation, reports reveal.
”Three-fourths of the district is poverty-stricken. The Riverside metropolitan area was one of the hardest hit areas in the nation and is still struggling to ‘recover’ – or go back to the slightly less improvised state it was in pre-recession. Moreno Valley and Perris have been frequently included in TV specials dedicated to the housing crisis. The unemployment rate is far above the state and national average, at a whopping 17.5 percent,” Baumann reported.
Regarding Takano, who Baumann noted let more than half of his term in Congress pass without a town hall meeting to reach out to voters, she said:
”He’s out of touch with the people. He doesn’t know what’s going on with the people in Riverside County.”