Now THAT was a freak-out…and a particularly telling one.
Richard Kline, owner of City Diner in West Palm Beach, Florida, dared to display the campaign poster above, promoting Rep. Louise Frankel’s Republican opponent in the upcoming November election. Frankel has eaten at the diner for many years, and made it clear that this obligated the owner to support her re-election campaign, or at least not to oppose it. When someone told her about the presence of the poster in the diner, she stormed into Kline’s establishment and began berating and threatening him. Of course someone caught it all on cell phone video, and posted the scene on YouTube.
What did she think would happen? In addition to indicating that the Congresswoman has no self-control, believes she is entitled to power, and has no respect for a constituent’s right to support whatever candidate he or she chooses, the outburst demonstrates that she’s not smart enough to be entrusted with lawmaking.
Richard Kline expressed shock at “a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives having a meltdown because one of her constituents is voting for or supporting a different candidate— who by the way hasn’t even won her primary yet.” That different candidate, Deb Adeimy demonstrated a far firmer grip on American values and standards than her opponent. She said,
This goes beyond politics. I find it appalling that a sitting member of Congress would intimidate or threaten anyone for supporting me or any reason. This is inexcusable behavior. I want to wish the Kline family all the best and thank them for their continued support. No American should be verbally attacked by their own Congressperson, have their workday interrupted to defend themselves for their American right. It is time for Frankel to retire: she does not represent this district well. I will be a Representative that treats everyone with dignity and respect. I have heard too many stories like this from my hometown voters about Lois Frankel.
Well, one such story is plenty: this is signature significance. A competent, rational member of Congress doesn’t act like that, not even once.
Kline, meanwhile, has responded to Frankel’s bullying in the time-honored all-American manner of William Barrett Travis (“I answered with a cannon shot…”) and Gen. Anthony McAuliffe (“Nuts!). After Frankel left his diner vowing never to return, the owner placed this sign outside his establishment:
Translation: “Bite me!”