A town-hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with membersof the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another.
The event was the last of a series of town-hall meetings Webster has held during Congress' spring recess, which ends Monday. While the others were civil and largely uneventful, the 300 people at Tuesday's meeting were so raucous they were scolded by a police officer to act "like grown people."
Webster tried to go over a series of charts showing growing levels of federal spending and debt and the reason he supports the federal budget plan put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan,R-Wis. But he was interrupted at every turn by shouts from critics that included members of progressive groups such as Moveon.org and Organize Now.
The constituent eventually says "there's nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down."
"We do tax the top," Ryan responds - prompting groans and boos from the audience.
According to the Journal-Sentinel, Ryan was largely warmly received at a different town hall event on Monday, where a suggestion that he run for president was greeted with applause.
UPDATE: A handful of Floridian Lefties made the miscalculation of heckling Rep. Allen West, too. The result was all kinds of awesome. "You're not going to intimidate me:"
As AP notes, it turns out the obnoxious woman who gets arrested at the end of the clip is...a former Air America talk show host.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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