The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 September 2009

Rep Louise Slaughter (D-NY) Cites Violence As Reason Not To Hold Public Meetings


Dem's Laundry List Of Excuses For Town Meeting Refusal

One thing can be said for embattled Democrats during town hall meetings: at least they're willing to meet with constituents. While some elected representatives have shown both defiance and arrogance when faced with angry voters, it's still a step ahead of others who remain in hiding, afraid to confront the unpopularity of their proposals.

And in a league of her own is Rep Louise Slaughter (D-NY-28), who has devised a laundry list of bizarre excuses for avoiding voters in Western New York during a time when others have attempted to pitch ObamaCare to a skeptical public.

Citing fear of a violent slaughter, including that supposedly aimed at Obama, Slaughter addressed the matter during Ron Reagan's Air America Radio show.

According to her website, she has instead held conference calls with small groups of voters.

Here's the exclusive transcript and clip:

SLAUGHTER (14:48) (on why she is not holding any town hall meetings during the recess): I’m not doing town meetings; I’m not going to give those people a forum. I went through it with the Clinton health care bill, with the John Birch Society, where we had to have police around, and people hysterically crying…

And frankly, to tell you the truth Ron, my own dignity, and the dignity of the office I hold, is important to me; and I know what that is. It is not a spontaneous uprising of my constituents; I’ve got the best relationship with my constituents anybody can ever imagine.

I’m known as just "Louise", from one end of it to the other, and they know I’m not going to do anything to hurt them, and I’m not going to give these other people, who, when you come down to it, a large number of them are anti-government, they don’t want Medicare or Social Security either; and the notion that they showing up with guns, I think, is totally dangerous.

Your father was shot, we’ve had too many presidents assassinated, I can’t believe President Obama said it was not a concern to him.

Obviously, this is disingenuous at best: older voters appearing at these rallies are worried they'll lose their Medicare coverage, they're certainly not against the program at all.

The primary incident with gun-toting meeting participants turned out to be a radio stunt, according to the Huffington Post, a left-wing site.

And John Birch Society members? Do they still exist? Where has that been an issue, anywhere?

The biggie, of course: who are "those people"? They're the voters of her congressional district!

Perhaps Slaughter's fear of voters stems from a long period of not having to interact with them: she hasn't faced a real election-year threat since 1986, when she was first elected.

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  • While I think it is indeed honorable that some Dems have the stones to show up in person at these town hall meetings, I think we're also losing sight of the fact that when they do show up, they are giving excuses instead of answers, or they're simply lying through their teeth. Anyone with any amount of intelligence who watches video footage of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sixpack asking simple, honest questions, that these are ACTUAL people, not Republican plants. Since the Libs think they are a majority in this country, do they not realize that ALL these people at ALL these town halls one after the other cannot possibly be part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy"...they are just average, hard-working, WORRIED Americans who want an honest answer to their honest question. Is that so hard?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 September, 2009 22:36  

  • It is telling that Slaughter doesn't feel safe with the SEIU union goons, the O-bots, and other Statists ordered to show up, that Louise still feels outnumbered and threatened. She's on the losing side and hopes the public doesn't notice.

    By Blogger PCD, at 03 September, 2009 08:59  

  • Having lived in that part of the country for a few years, I know that whatever she does, she will get re-elected. Most people in her voting district outside of the slivers of Niagara and Orleans county will pull the lever for her anyway.

    Why waste time doing townhalls when the people will vote for her regardless? Townhall or not, idiot Western NY voter will welcome her with open arms via re-electing her.

    By Anonymous Dan, at 03 September, 2009 15:24  

  • Sadly, I'm one of "those people." The Democrats have gerrymandered the voting districts in NY to the extent that moderate communities have no voice. Take a look at her district:,_New_York_District_28_map.png

    She knows she doesn't have to listen. And she knows that some of us have been ignored for so long that there would be a lot of people anxious to speak up against her.

    By Anonymous ITmonkey, at 03 September, 2009 15:27  

  • Ron Reagan is on AIR AMERICA????

    My God! His father is doing 6k RPM!

    By Anonymous Shambhala, at 03 September, 2009 15:38  

  • Maybe this coward of a Democrat (but I repeat myself) is afraid that she will get her finger bitten off or something....wait, oh yeah that's right that's HER side initiating all the violence! It's ok Weezy, go ahead and go to the meetings your SEIU thugs will be there to do the "Mike Tyson" for you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 September, 2009 15:46  

  • How and why do people even elect people like this into office??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 September, 2009 16:25  

  • I've lived in her district for as long as she's held office. I can honestly say that in all this time I've NEVER felt "represented" in Congress. Her office doesn't even respond to emails with a canned response, much less something that had an iota of thought put into it. I'm afraid she'll retire rather than run again, I WANT to be at her campaign headquarters the night she loses. Buhbye Louise, don't let the door hit you in the rear end on your way back to Kentucky!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 September, 2009 17:57  

  • Well, since the SEIU and ACORN Obamacare supporters beat the living daylights out of an unarmed black conservative, it makes sense that black conservatives might arm themselves where it is legal to do so to keep from getting hurt.
    What Slaughter fails to mention is that the violence is coming from the healthcare reform supporters. If she keeps them out of her townhall, she'll be fine

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 September, 2009 18:42  

  • It's not going to be another 1994 next year.It's going to be another 1936.The only Democrats who will be safe will be those in Voting Rights Taken Away Districts.

    By Blogger Tom, at 03 September, 2009 22:59  

  • ympathizers or lefties. ie the nut job that shot Reagan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 September, 2009 23:53  

  • Poor Wheezy. Just another out-of-touch radical terrorist. If a viable conservative will run agst.
    wheezy I will send a donation his/her way even tho I live in a western state.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 04 September, 2009 00:57  

  • IT Monkey:

    Her district boundaries make sense to me...assuming she kayaks to meet her constituents.

    By Blogger Chromium, at 04 September, 2009 08:21  

  • Wasn't it the John Birchers who were warning against a secret commie takeover of America from traitors within?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 08:45  

  • Louise Slaughter's twisted arrogance seems boundless...she doesn't quite understand that she is a 'representative' of the citizens of the 28th District...that means "all" of the citizens of the 28th... and poor poor weezy cannot muster the courage to host a Town Hall or two? How pathetic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 09:14  

  • Its the 2000 Democratic seniors that she is really afraid of. You know the ones that are to old or too sick to get any more care after the "health boards" determine that the old folks are a waste of money, Useless Eaters anyone

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 09:50  

  • I believe the ELECTED officials of this country had lost sight many years ago who elected them and why they were elected. Now the American people are simply fed up with the slease tactics, the dishonesty and lacks of ethics. The citizens of the United States just want their ELECTED officials to do their job and these ELECTED officials are appalled that we are telling them to get to work. Come this next election I hope those that are up for election, including this sanctimonious woman get the boot. If the people of the United States do not regain control, the control will be meted out by the current administration.

    p.s. is there a coincidence that obama is on vacation (and is seen only rarely during the day) and ramadan? Oh yes ramadan is a month long party fest - party all night, sleep all day

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 12:07  

  • The only "violence" we've sen is from the "Obamites", the "fools of America", the uneducated or "indoctrinated" if you will. VOTE'M ALL OUT IN 10"! Ron Paul in 12' and every independant that runs for office!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 12:49  

  • This Congresswoman is a twit. The day you stop listening to those you are supposed to represent is the day you need to leave office, whether voluntarily or voted out. The Dems are so scared because they know they are handling and pushing Obama's lies and phony agenda. It is only the armed citizens that keep you safe, because we, not the police, scare the crap out of criminals, including the Dems presently in office.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 15:32  

  • When you have Democrats litterally eating people who disagree with them, well, maybe it is time to stop talking and take some more direct action.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 17:22  

  • "And John Birch Society members? Do they still exist?"

    Not only does the John Birch Society STILL exist, they are larger, stronger and more effective than ever at alerting the American people to the dangers to our rights, freedoms, Constitution and our national sovereignty.

    As a VERY proud and long-time member of the John Birch Society, I feel honored that this congressrat singled out the JBS for helping defeat socialized medicine during the Clinton administration!

    For over 50 years (yes, FIFTY) the JBS has:

    *Been warning the U.S. citizenry of the enemy within and without, and alerting many to the dangers of the New World Order and the loss of American sovereignty to super-national entities like the United Nations.

    *Warned of the dangers of excessive and unconstitutional taxation and spending by Washington.

    *Been at the forefront of the fight to protect America’s borders and to halt unchecked immigration.

    *Been ever-vigilant at standing for protecting America’s Constitution and Bill of rights, especially the First, Second and Tenth Amendments.

    *Stood for and protected the rights of American families and American's property rights.

    *Warned of the danger of runaway inflation, the restoration of sound money, and the abolition of the privately owned Federal Reserve.

    *Been educating citizens of their rights and responsibilities in helping protect and preserve the freedoms we have all inherited from the countless sacrifices and selflessness of our forefathers.

    Look at the predictions JBS founder, Robert Welch, made in 1958 and reiterated in 1974. How many of those predictions have come true in the past 40 years? Unfortunately, almost all!

    The John Birch Society – where education is our total strategy and truth is our only weapon!
    Won't you join us in this epic undertaking?

    More information at


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 September, 2009 18:46  

  • What a fool!!! With incompetents like this who think they are kings, queens, and lords is it any wonder, hopefully, the reign of pelosi and reid will be over next year.

    By Anonymous Ken, at 04 September, 2009 23:00  

  • Dignity?! She talks about dignity?! How dignified to be scared of sign totin' grandparents, moms and kids who don't want more government intrusion. What a joke. All they care about is holding onto the golden egg that is political power. They know they are losing it therefore, paint grannies and regular folks as terrorists and assassins! Nothing dignified about it.

    By Blogger Carolyn, at 04 September, 2009 23:31  

  • "we’ve had too many presidents assassinated"
    Have there?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 September, 2009 10:16  

  • Rep. Slaughter gives herself too much credit. Anyone can see she's not worth killing, so therefore, should consider herself safe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 September, 2009 10:58  

  • I am from Nevada. I think a simple solution might be that you read the bill and tell the truth. Truth!! Oh my God what have I said. You are not going to be assisinated. I don't even know who hell you are. Assisination!! Who would bother.?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 September, 2009 17:10  

  • What? You're not willing to die for your country and what you believe in? Seems the real heroes are anywhere but Washington!

    Shame on you! It would be beneath me to vote for you! It would INSULT MY DIGNITY!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 September, 2009 20:17  

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