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article imageIllinois Rep. Joe Walsh loses temper at Chicago meet and greet

By R. Francis Rubio     Nov 10, 2011 in Politics
Chicago - Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill) was caught on video lashing out at voters during a meet and greet at a Chicago-area restaurant Sunday.
After a question asked by one of his constituents Sunday suggesting that the recent financial meltdown may have been due to Wall Street regulating the financial industry, Representative Walsh went off on a few attendees gathered in the room.
Raising his voice and seemingly getting very irritated in the video, Walsh said he's "pissed off" and shouting that he was "tired of hearing that crap."
"I agree with you about that! That's not the problem! The problem is, you gotta be consistent, and I don't want government meddling in the marketplace. It's not the private marketplace that created this mess," said Walsh.
"What created this mess was your government, which demanded for years that everybody be in a home... Don't blame the banks.
Don't blame the marketplace for the mess we're in right now. I am tired of hearing this crap! This pisses me off. Too many people don't listen. Do you want more Dodd/Frank? Is that what you want!"
At one point in the exchange the congressman gets up close and face to face with one young woman then demanded quiet and warns one attendee that he may have to ask him to leave.
"Quiet for a minute," shouted Walsh. "Quiet for a minute. QUIET FOR A MINUTE, or I'm gonna ask you to leave."
According to the Chicago Tribune, Gene Carey of Round Lake Beach, Ill told the news publication Wednesday that "he shot about 50 minutes of video Sunday" during the afternoon event.
Walsh, a Tea Party favorite is arguably one of the most vocal members of the freshman class in Congress. Frequently appearing on cable news programs Representative Walsh is no stranger to the media.
In a official statement issued Wednesday Walsh apologized for the incident, saying: "As my constituents know, I am a very passionate person. I am passionate about our freedom, fighting for taxpayers and standing up against big government."
Adding, "Constituents with opposing views have every right to argue with me, and I have every right to argue passionately for my conservative values. That's what freedom is all about."
The congressman also said in the statement that he had apologized to the woman seen in the video. Saying:
"I apologized to her for getting a bit too passionate," the statement said, "to which she smiled and did not mind at all."
Walsh faces a GOP primary election next November with fellow freshman congressman Randy Hultgren due to redistricting. The two will be battling for Illinois redrawn 14th district.
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