Remember, during the Albany Coup, how the state senate Democrats locked the chamber and Pedro Espada flourished the key? National Democrats are starting to pick up this method, thanks to our own Edolphus Towns. The Hill says the Brooklyn Congressman “locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.”
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa had been pressing for subpoenas to investigate Countrywide Mortgage, which has powerful Democratic friends. The Democrats had taken to boycotting the official meetings in the chamber and holding their own elsewhere, and a Republcan staffer made a puckish video of that, shown above. So Towns changed the locks, he told Politico, “because [the Republicans] don’t know how to behave.”
Republicans, who previously had their own key to the hearing room, now have to get the Dems to let them in when they want to use it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 21, 2009