U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert keeps bringing on the hits.
The East Texas Republican – who’s made a name for himself by questioning President Obama’s place of birth and by suggesting that citizens armed with semi-automatic weapons are the best defense against mass murderers – has now gotten into a spat with a U.S. National Park Service patrol officer over a parking violation.
What’s more, he reportedly pulled congressional rank by telling the officer he sits on the House committee that controls the Park Service’s purse strings.
In an odd way, I love having this guy in Congress. He’s good for a laugh. The problem is that when he makes us laugh, he’s also embarrassing many of his fellow Texans, such as yours truly.
Gohmert questioned whether should have gotten the ticket in the first place. The park officer who cited him, though, said he acted like a bully and “ranted” during the conversation with the officer over issuance of the parking citation.
Good grief. The guy pulls down a six-figure annual salary. He should just pay the fine and keep his trap shut. And spare me the notion that it’s “the principle of the thing.”