Two hecklers escorted from West’s town hall meetingby George Bennett | April 26th, 2011
UPDATE: Liberal radio talker Nicole Sandler, formerly of the defunct Air America network, was also removed for shouting and later arrested. Read the complete account of Tuesday’s meeting by clicking here.
FORT LAUDERDALE — Two or three hecklers disrupted the beginning of tonight’s town hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation. Two were escorted out to applause from the crowd of about 500.
West, who has been holding two meetings with constituents each month, is appearing tonight for the first time since his April 15 vote for a Republican budget plan that would change Medicare beginning in 2022 to a program in which the government subsidizes premiums paid to private insurance plans.
“How about our Medicare that you’re stealing?” shouted a man about one minute into West’s opening remarks.
“How about allowing questions from the audience?” shouted another man.
West’s staff announced that tonight he will answer written questions submitted by audience members before the meeting. At previous meetings, members of the public lined up to ask.
A police officer escorted two men from the meeting at Calvary Chapel.
“I’m going to tell you this,” said West during the disruption. “You’re not going to intimidate me.”