Outspoken Tea Party Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert (TX) got into a late-night altercation with U.S. Park Police over a parking ticket earlier this month. According to Politico, Gohmert attempted to pull rank with the police officers to get out of the citation.
A National Park Service (NPS) police report said that Gohmert’s black Ford SUV was cited at 11:00 p.m. on March 13 for parking in a spot reserved for NPS vehicles at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial. Gohmert, said the report, was “rude and irate” in his confrontation with the officers.
“I was issued a ticket and I am a congressman and parked my vehicle in the NPS parking only because I have a Congress placard, see,” Gohmert said to one officer. “I am going to a meeting on the Hill and I am the one who oversees the National Park Services and Natural Resources.”
Another officer described Gohmert as “ranting.”
“Oversight of Park Service is my job!” he shouted. “Natural resources! Thus the Congressional Plate in the window.”
Telling an officer he “did not have time” to deal with the issue, Gohmert left his business card with the officer holding his ticket, but insisted that he would not pay it. He then drove away.
He's way too important to deal with the likes of the US Park Police. Expect a bill cutting funding for US Park Police by say, oh, 95%. That's how the Tea Party rolls, you see. YOU have to obey liberty and religious freedom, but not Louie here.
Keep that in mind.