On Friday I wrote about the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the budget.(One of the Worst Hearings Ever.) I mentioned that Chairman Chuck Morse announced at the beginning that there would be no limits on testimony, that people would be allowed to speak as long as they wished. And they did. Greg Moore from right wing group Americans for Prosperity was allowed to natter on for 10 minutes. He was also the second person to testify- a remarkable bit of luck for him! There was very little restraint shown by some people who really ought to have known better, including some legislators.
And then there were these people. From that Friday piece:
This committee was not bound by any such considerations, and as such, there were all manner of hijinks. There was at least one piece of performance testimony, with a dramatic rant delivered by a fellow calling himself "Adam Sutler." (Adam Sutler was a character in V for Vendetta.) Given the number of Free State Project members in the room for the hearing, it's quite possible that the Sutler character was one of them. Another performance piece apparently took place after I left, with a speech from the movie Demolition Man.
From the Sunday Concord Monitor:
"The Senate Finance Committee got punk’d Thursday night.The committee’s public hearing on the state budget was already past the four-hour mark (en route to a final running time of six hours) when a man who had put his name down as Edgar Friendly was called to testify.He spoke and then shouted for a couple minutes about democracy being a “dying giant” and wanting to be able to choose his own food at a greasy spoon diner. Eventually, Sen. Chuck Morse told him to get lost.“You’re done, okay? You’ve had your two minutes,” said Morse, a Salem Republican and the panel’s chairman. The man continued to yell for a bit, then stormed out of Representatives Hall.Here’s what we know: Part of the man’s rant came from the 1976 film Network, and another portion was verbatim from the 1993 classic Demolition Man. (Edgar Friendly is the name of Denis Leary’s character in the latter movie.)“Friendly” was being filmed during his testimony by Garret Ean, a former Republican House candidate and blogger at Free Concord. Ean said the man was a performance artist – in fact, the second of two who spoke at the hearing."
Garret Ean is affiliated with the Free State Project, the cult that is moving 20,000 people here to take over our state, dismantle our state government, and threaten to secede. There were other members of the FSP present in the House chambers for this hearing.
It wasn't just the committee that got punk'd. It was every NH resident who took the time to drive to Concord and testify. It was every resident that loaded up a wheelchair, and packed a bag full of supplies and medications they would need to sit there for hours, while they waited to testify. It was every resident that brought a child. It was the family that brought 2 ASL interpreters for their deaf son.
We know the FSP has no respect for NH government. Now we know they also have no respect for the people of this state.