Some Democrats seem to be picking up bad habits from President Barack Obama.
A California Democrat also may have let his power position go to his head on Wednesday when he ordered a microphone removed from a Republican assemblyman during a debate over raising the minimum wage.
Unfortunately for Rodger Hernandez, Democratic chairman of the Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee, his totalitarian tactics were caught on camera.
“This is something I’ve never heard of,” Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper told the The Blaze. “Not only does the chair of a meeting cut off debate, but in an effort to really cut it off, he literally reaches to pull [my] microphone out.”
Hernandez accused Harper of “yelling.”
“No, you cut me off,” the Republican can be heard saying.
“Sergeants, please remove the mic,” Hernandez ordered after reaching over someone to grab the mic himself.
“Remove the mic. You’re yelling. You are out of order. You have not been recognized. … I’m running the meeting.”
Perhaps Hernandez was feeling emboldened by his party leader in the White House, who also likes to claim total authority?
Whatever the reason, Hernandez reportedly calmed down after the committee voted 5-2 along party lines in favor in of the legislation, and acknowledged to Harper that he was “in the wrong,” according to The Blaze.
Hernandez’s acknowledgment did little to appease Harper, who released a statement about the incident:
“Blocking discussion in this manner is unfair, undemocratic and soils the decorum of the Assembly. I was sent here to represent the concerns of the voters of my district and chairman Hernández shut down my ability to speak for who I represent.”
The chair’s actions were offensive and disrespectful today, not just to me, but to Californians who want jobs and deserve to know the impacts policy will have on their chances of employment.
The good people of the San Gabriel Valley deserve better from their representative and Californians as a whole deserve more from those who serve them.”
Hernandez’s office did not immediately return requests for comment, according to The Blaze.
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