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Why Was Corrine Brown Silenced?

Posted to Poetry and Politics

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives censured Brown after a shouting match on the House floor Thursday night.

The argument started during a debate over HR-4818. The bill would provide international monitoring of the November presidential election. Congress has been considering an outside monitor due to all the confusion over the last election, and the "hanging chads" in Florida.

Representative Brown said, "I come from Florida, where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d'etat. We need to make sure that it doesn't happen again. Over and over again after the election when you stole the election, you came back here and said get over it. No we're not going to get over it and we want verification from the world."

Those comments drew an immediate objection from Republican members of the House. Leaders moved to strike her comments from the record. The House also censured Brown which kept her from talking on the House floor for the rest of the day.

Congresswoman Brown responded to the matter in a statement late Thursday night. Congresswoman Brown wrote, "Striking my words from the House floor is just one more example of the Republican Party's attempt to try and cover up what happened during the 2000 election."

Brown also wrote, "When the words of Corrine Brown are stricken from the floor, so is the voice of her 600,000 constituents in Florida's 3rd Congressional District.


And why am I only able to find it on one news source online? (Maybe my google skills are crappy?)
I've been trying to figure out if censure is a frequent thing in Congress, but the last one I remember was Jim Trafficant, when he went to jail. As far as I know, they didn't even censure Bill Janklow last winter after he was convicted of 2nd manslaughter and sent to jail for running a stop sign at 70mph and killing a motorcyclist.

But Brown gets censured and has her words stricken for pointing out what happened in Florida in 2000? And then they essentially make her sit in the corner facing the wall for the rest of the day? Sure her words were radical but doesn't the 1st Amendment exist in Congress?

And nobody reports it? Not even a wire service?

Damn liberal media is at it again.