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Civility: Screaming union protesters drown out Philly mayor’s budget speech


Even before Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter delivered his budget speech this today, union protesters were already gearing up for a circus:

DC33 out in force for today’s #phillybudget…

— Lauren Vidas (@BroadAndMarket) March 14, 2013

Police gather for crowd control in advance of

— Miriamhill (@Miriamhill) March 14, 2013

#phillybudget is full unless you’re on the guest list. Protestors have whistles

— Elizabeth Fiedler (@EAFiedler) March 14, 2013

#phillybudget RT @miriamhill: At last, here is video of DC 33 chief Pete…

— Breaking (@phillynews) March 14, 2013

When Mayor Nutter walked into the city council chambers to deliver his speech, he was greeted by loud whistles and chanting. Hey — thugs gotta thug!

So, people unhappy with the Mayor show up demanding answers and then boo and drown him out so he can’t make a speech. Mature. #PhillyBudget

— Pierzy (@Pierzy) March 14, 2013

Wow. @michael_nutter greeted by boos and whistles. Louder than a ball game in here. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

Chants of “bozo” ensue. @darrell_clarke pounds gavel to no avail. Nutter begins reading the speech anyway. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

This is insane. Nutter is reading the speech. Then he’s going to walk out without ever being heard. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

@michael_nutter bails on speech, drowned out by unions. Post up on Heard in the Hall blog. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

He did eventually finish his speech — in the mayor’s reception room:

Chief of staff confirms, mayor will read rest of budget address in mayor’s reception room, devoid of protesters. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

@michael_nutter in reception room to give speech. Gets hearty applause from staff. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

Nutter nearly done with speech. Fairly short and to the point. Also, quickly read w/o interruptions. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

Nutter said he only left the speech because Council had recessed – “I’m a guest…It’s their house.” #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

Thinks “the tragedy here” is that the grandeur and history of Council chamber deserved more respect than it got. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013

He’s right. What a disgraceful display. But then, what else can you expect from union thugs?

My post on the insanity that just ensued here. #phillybudget

— Troy Graham (@troyjgraham) March 14, 2013



Twitchy CEO Michelle Malkin asks a great question:

Imagine if #teaparty did it. MT @twitchyteam Civility: Screaming union mob drowns out Philly mayor’s budget speech

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 14, 2013

@michellemalkin @twitchyteam If Tea Party shouted down a mayor at any town hall it would B deemed violent terrorist attack

— Lisa Richards (@lisarichards124) March 14, 2013

But of course.

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