Nothing Like a Meltdown During a Committee Hearing

by Rick Olson

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”   Benjamin Franklin 


Meltdowns. Most people find them offensive and off-putting while I find myself amused by them. Admittedly, I am sometimes surprised…but mostly amused. Such was the case today, With House Criminal Justice and Safety Chair, Laura Pantelakos.

Rep David Murotake (R) Nashua completed his testimony opposing House Bill 135 when the rather large crowd broke into applause, despite two prior warnings of the Chair not to do so. Representative Pantelakos began feverishly hammering the podium with the gavel, and yelling for the applause to cease. Then she said those magic words:

“Show some respect for the members of this committee. We are forced to sit here and suffer through this…I am not going to tolerate this!”

Naturally, there was a reaction from the crowd…some boos’s and some groans…and laughter.  Laughter because she demanded respect from the crowd all the while standing up there with her shrill piercing voice…like nails on a chalk board, yelling at us all like a bunch of naughty school children. Some might call it not so much…She is just another liberal who does not care a fig what the people have to say and committee hearings such as these are just an exercise to be suffered through. Naturally, after other testimony, some folks again began to applaud. (being in the back, I applauded loudly so as to egg on others).

Rep. Dan Itse (R) Fremont so very eloquently approached the microphone and reminded Rep Pantelakos of the constitutional duties of the house. (I wished I had recorded it). Nevertheless, it left me with a most-lasting favorable impression…

Yes, it was funny….Funny, Indeed. But it also served as a teachable moment. We witnessed the very heart of the mindset and attitude of the chair when she viscerally popped off at us all. I would even go so far as to suggest that next time a bill of such great import comes into the fore, we all fill out red cards, asking for 5 minutes to speak…if for no other reason, than to see that hilarious melt-down. Let the people be heard!

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  • This chick has probably never even held a gun, why should she even be allowed to vote on my right to defend myself with one.

    • C. dog e. doG


  • Well, we are all forced to take time from family and our jobs to deal with this because of her party’s desire to take away our right to life. It is their duty as elected officials to hear the words of the constituents they represent. Perhaps if they do not like having to sit though these kinds of hearings they should encourage their membership not to introduce such unconstitutional bills. The first rule I learned when I served as vice-chair of commerce and chair of the banking division is no matter what, the public is the one who deserves the respect and the ear of the committee.

  • Keith Smith

    I was going to email the committee. Now I think I’ll call them. I’m afraid she would just delete the email without even reading it.

    • I wouldn’t call unless you can record it. Just sayin’

  • Tannim

    So what happened to the bill?

    • They hear public comment today is all…Intuitively, I think many of these lawmakers have their minds made up already.

  • It was a public committee hearing, not a vote. It goes to committee executive vote soon, to decide how to send it to the House floor (as “Inexpedient to Legislate” (ITL), “Should Pass”, or “Should Not Pass” – or something like that). If they got the message today, the executive committee vote should mark it as ITL.

  • Great posting, Rick. The hypocrisy is running thick in Moonbat land.

  • Bob_Robert

    Did anyone remind the chair that she’s not “forced” to be there at all, she WANTED to get elected? She had to work HARD to get elected?

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  • C. dog e. doG

    When’s the video coming out, Rick? Sounds like this might be as funny in syndication. And I think we can find a fix to her lack of tolerance character flaw … next election.
    – C. dog

    • See, that’s the thing…I neglected to bring a Grok Cam to the fray….But…I have a whole boatload of witnesses….

      • C. dog e. doG

        Doesn’t some clerk record these things? I thought I’ve seen this in the past, but I could be wrong. It’s been a while since I ventured down to the pit of vipers, but I’m itching to get out of the cabin again.
        – C. dog

  • T. Taylor

    Not to mention the first 2 times she said it was during hearing for HB209 there were some new people there (not me.) Rick, love reading you if I had seen you there would have loved to introduce myself. Keep up the good writing.

  • gadsdengurl

    The irony is, many of these people WILL have guns and WOULD defend themselves if they had to. They simply want something different from the rest of us.

  • Don

    Meanwhile all the newspapers in this state are furiously up in arms at the incivility of the party leadership! Extremists! Oh, wait, Republicans are not in charge? never mind.

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