Brandi banned from House chambers?
Unfortunately, Speaker of the House Bruce Newcomb has told Idaho women and
concerned citizens to "shut up and sit down," as those were his first words in a
meeting with Brandi Swindell earlier today. Below you will find partial
information regarding what occurred. We will send out another update soon.
Speaker of the House Verbally Abuses Brandi Swindell in Meeting. Brandi
Swindell disappointed that Speaker Bruce Newcomb used profanity. Speaker of the
House used profanity rather than discussing important issue surrounding pro-life
legislation. Speaker refused to meet with entire group of six women. A
representative for the speaker said he only had time to meet with one person.
Group of women asked to reschedule the meeting for Friday or the first of next
week in order to accommodate Mr. Newcomb's schedule. Speaker Newcomb's
representative said to take the meeting now. Brandi Swindell was chosen as the
representative. Brandi went in to represent the group of women that included two
mothers of daughters, two teenagers, a post-abortive woman and a college
student. Brandi had intended to ask the speaker if it was possible to reschedule
the meeting to include the entire group of women. The women had written down
comments about the legislation that they wanted to convey to the speaker of the
house and which Brandi would share if the meeting could not be rescheduled.
Brandi was led by the speaker into his office The door was slammed shut. Brandi
was told to sit down and listen. Mr. Speaker's first words were "This is bull ..
" Mr. speaker refused to discuss or listen to the important issues.
Brandi Swindell states, "It is very disappointing that an elected official
in a position of legislative leadership would be so unprofessional and lack
sophistication to treat concerned citizen of Idaho, and more importantly a group
of Idaho woman, with such utter disrespect and actually use profanity. My
sincere hope was that the Speaker of the House would give his assurance that he
would do his best to move forward pro-life legislation that is important to the
citizens of Idaho. Unfortunately, Mr. Newcomb is ending his last term as Speaker
of the House with the use of profanity and verbal intimidation. These tactics
should never be used - especially not in the Idaho State Capitol."
The Speaker has also banned Miss Swindell from the House chambers. Brandi
is contacting her attorneys and considering the possibility of litigation as it
appears Mr. Newcomb is abusing his authority. Brandi had a pre-scheduled meeting
with a State Representative about a completely different topic. Miss Swindell
was being escorted by the Representative to the House chambers when she was
stopped and told that Speaker Newcomb had banned her from the House chambers,
3rd floor. It is unclear how long that will last.(edit: Chris at liberalidaho beat me to the punch, and his blog formatted the email much better than mine.)