The Green Bay Press Gazette carried a story about F. Jim on Monday. In the piece they profile F. Jim and the fact that he will soon end his term as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. The most shocking comment of the story is the following:
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner insists he's gone out of his way to treat Democrats on his committee fairly.
Oh no he didn’t! Well maybe it’s just me, but I seem to remember several unfair acts by F. Jim just last year.
- He apparently disliked witnesses giving testimony critical of the Patriot Act so he single handedly shut down a hearing, cutting off Dems mikes in mid-sentence. He violated several rules in the Robert’s Rules of Order protocol.
- When the ranking Dem John Conyers wanted hearings on topics that could expose the Bush Administration, F. Jim refused to hold them. Then when Conyers wanted to have a forum instead, F. Jim and his staff reportedly would not allow Conyers to use a room. One time Conyers even had to hold one in a small basement room.
F. Jim, those things do not sound like you are treating anyone “fairly.” Perhaps you have been in Congress too long, or maybe you are becoming delusional. In any case, I think you have become unfit for office.