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Hostile In Houston - Rep. Jackson Lee Staffer Shouted Down At Occupy Event

By Eric Scheiner | October 11, 2011 | 12:44pm EDT

Many of the Occupy Wall Street group claim they want to be heard by our government, but when a staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) showed up to support an Occupy Houston gathering, the crowd didn’t want to hear what he had to say or want to talk about their concerns.

Video shot by a protester at the Oct. 6th event has made it’s way on the web where Jackson-Lee staffer Gareth Morgans is shouted down by protesters as he expresses the congresswoman’s support for the gathering.

 

“She (Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee) wants you to know that her team and the Progressive Congressional Caucus are here to stand with the people, to fight with the people and to get these jobs back,” a protester announced before he introduced Morgans.

Morgans said he was there because Shelia Jackson Lee couldn’t attend, but that attendees are “always in all of our thoughts”, he was then shouted down by others at the gathering saying that “this is not a political advertisement”.

Shortly after Morgans was shouted down, another member of the crowd grabbed a megaphone and attempted to clear things up. “This is not a protest,” he shouted. “This is not a left/right issue. This is an occupation.”

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