Thursday, March 28, 2013

Louie Gohmert, asshole extraordinaire

By Michael J.W. Stickings

You all know that Louie Gohmert is crazy, even by the lofty standards of craziness set by House Republicans, but did you also know that he's a bullying jackass with a massive sense of entitlement? It's true:

A Texas Republican congressman got into a late-night verbal altercation with U.S. Park Police officers earlier this month, pulling rank in an attempt to get out of a parking ticket near the Lincoln Memorial.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on March 13, officers wrote Rep. Louie Gohmert a citation for parking his black Ford SUV in a spot reserved for National Park Service vehicles, according to a Park Police report obtained by POLITICO.

But Gohmert wasn't having it: He told the Park Police that his congressional parking placard allows him to park in that spot, and he's on the committee that oversees the agency.

Gohmert took the ticket off his windshield and placed it on a police car along with his business card with a written message: "Oversight of Park Service is my job! Natural Resources Thus the Congressional Plate in window."

He was "rude and irate," one officer reported. Another wrote that Gohmert was "ranting."

Oh, so very, very hard to believe.

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