So for clarity, Rep. Don Young can “head butt” a photographer, and can somehow justify it because the photographer had asked a question repeatedly? He can push a reporter because the reporter was in his way. I find it interesting that battery, which by definition is “the unwanted physical contact with another without their permission,” and assault, “to give another a fear of bodily harm,” is tolerated for an elected official.
Does this mean a student can “head butt” a teacher for asking the same question repeatedly, or better yet, the teacher could “head butt” the student? How about a patient “head butting” his doctor for asking the same question repeatedly, or pushing a nurse for standing in the way? Laws aren’t the same, I guess, nor enforced the same.
One more observation. The governor of this state sees some way to justify in his mind that his trip to Japan will be of greater use than the thousands of dollars it cost for his airfare, hotels, car rentals, insurance, security detail and staff to travel to Japan. Oh, and of course his wife’s airfare, car rental, insurance, security detail and staff. I wonder if the people who have lost ferry service, Alaska health professionals or educators feel the money was well spent by the governor.
— Dave Ellison
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