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Philly Protesters Drown Out A Calm Tom Corbett

Voters wanted to talk to Gov. Tom Corbett about education and welfare funding, Voter ID and the reason why he was in Philadelphia in the first place, Marcellus Shale drilling.

But several attendees didn’t ask questions so much as they yelled, loudly and for minutes on end, turning what was supposed to be a 90-minute town-hall meeting Wednesday into a 60-minute debacle for all involved.

The meeting, which took place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was hosted by conservative talk-radio host Dom Giordano of 1210 WPHT, started calmly enough as a back-and-forth between the Giordano and the Governor, but soon disintegrated into chaos.

According to Philadelphia Inquirer’s Robert Moran, Corbett eventually was unable to speak without being shouted at.

“At one point, protesters interrupted the program for seven minutes. Several groups unfurled banners and chanted against expanding the state prison system: ‘Fund education, not incarceration,’” Moran reported.

Police had to remove several people from the meeting, and other ticket-holders standing outside were denied entry less they add to the chaos.

Corbett, who remained notably calm, dealt with the protesters for about an hour. Eventually, though, Giordano made the decision to end the town hall early and the Governor was booed as he left the auditorium.

It is well-publicized by the Dems that Corbett has suffered from sagging poll numbers for the last several months – and particularly so in the Philadelphia area.

They were on hand for the meeting and provided the above video. Although they were not responsible for the protesters, they are more than happy to talk about it.

The protesters begin shouting around 13:20 and continue for several minutes.

10 Responses

  1. Yes, Denny. How interestingly, your remark is text book GOP: Disenfranchise those with whom you disagree.

    As for it being “disrespectful” to the Governor, he’s incredibly distespectful to those he is supposed to serve. He locked himself in his office to avoid a meeting with wheelchair- bound disabled Pennsylvanians not once, but twice. He repeatedly refuses to answer questions at press conferences. And those protesters were well within their rights. The first amendment doesn’t apply to
    only people who subscribe to the same narrow-minded world-view as you.

  2. I was there, and yes, they were a bunch of jerks and tried to bully the Governor & Dom Giordano. Another problem was that the Philadelphia Police appeared to be unwilling to do anything. Dom asked the police who were standing at the rear of the auditorium to remove the folks who were causing the disruption and they didn’t move for a time. A couple of folks who came to protest brought their kids. That certainly was a lame thing to do. idiots.

  3. Romney and Metcalfe are right. Some idiots don’t deserve to vote. Uncivil dolts. Typical Philadelphians. Lousy sports fans, uncivil hosts to visitors. Give it to New Jersey and let Christie stomp them.

  4. This country was founded on protest. But those protesters were not the idiots that were on display last night. Yelling and dropping “F” Bombs in front of children, real nice. Now I understand about the 47 percent.

  5. I was going to write, what a bunch of jerks. Then I saw it was in Philly. Par for the course.

  6. Normally, I would criticize the protesters for this kind of behavior, but it is clear to me that as long as Tom Corbett shows disrespect to Pennsylvania voters, he’s going to get disrespect in return. This country was founded on protest. I hope this doesn’t happen every time Corbett wants to speak, but I’m standing with the loud mouths this time. What Corbett has done, and would like to do, is disgusting.

  7. They should be ashamed of themselves. How disrespectful to Gov Corbett and those who came to engage in the discussion.
    It is the behavior of bullies.
    Could these be the same people who are supposed to be teaching civility to our children? If they are teachers, they should be removed immediately from their positions.

  8. For Corbett: “Silence” is probably better strategy than his usual habit of speaking stupidly.

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