An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 15, 2007

Another Classless Dem

Filed under: Congress, Cow pies — olbroad @ 11:52

Just one more way Democrats on the Hill are saying “Howdy”!

Rep. Ellison calls the cops to snuff Tancredo’s cigar

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) believes it is his right as a Muslim to be sworn into Congress with the Quran. But apparently, the freshman lawmaker doesn’t believe it’s Rep. Tom Tancredo’s (R-Colo.) right to smoke a cigar in his congressional office.

Ellison’s office called the Capitol Hill Police on Tancredo last Wednesday night as Tancredo was in his office smoking a cigar. The lawmakers have neighboring offices on the first floor of the Longworth House Office Building.

Tancredo was still stunned a day later. “It’s very bizarre,” said Tancredo, who has never met Ellison. “Seemed to me not a good way to say hello.”

And let’s face it. Calling the cops on a colleague takes the cake for the nerviest behavior so far among members of this year’s freshman class of Congress.

I guess Ellison’s freedoms, guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, doesn’t apply to anyone else. It seems that this sort of comes under the heading of double standards, in a way.

And by the way, how does a freshman Congressman rate a first floor office anyway? Shouldn’t he been in the basement or attic or something? Or is that just in the movies?

H/T: Blue Collar Republican



  1. Ellison is an idiot for handling it the way he did, but Tacredo is an idiot for smoking in a government building.

    Comment by Jayce — February 15, 2007 @ 11:55

  2. They’re allowed to smoke in their offices, if they choose to do so. Unless that’s changed in the last couple of years.

    Comment by olbroad — February 15, 2007 @ 12:21

  3. Tancredo has permission to smoke in his office. Also, you go by and you politely ask if he could put the cigar out. You don’t call the cops (government solving problems for you). Also, in an amazingly humorous aside, Tancredo SUPPORTED Ellison’s right to take the oath on the Quran.

    BTW, Ellison is also the one who skipped the Freshman lawmakers meeting the White House. He had “better things to do” than meet the President of the United States. Hopefully, the people of his district get sick of his boorish behavior and refuse to return him to the House in 2008.

    Comment by rosettaresearch — February 15, 2007 @ 8:33

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