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Ex-FEMA Chief: 'Ludicrous' to Arrest Senators for Shutdowns

By    |   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 10:47 PM

Colorado's two U.S. senators are "grandstanding" with a "stupid" and "ludicrous" proposal to use the threat of arrest to prevent lawmakers from letting the federal government shut down, says Denver radio talk show host and former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown.

Brown lit into his elected representatives on Newsmax TV Thursday, telling "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that senior Sen. Michael Bennett and freshman Sen. Cory Gardner, both Republicans, were wasting Congress's time and ignoring more pressing issues with their anti-shutdown bill.

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"Total grandstanding," said Brown. "The sad part of it is, they'll get some media attention for a little while, but some people may actually take it seriously."

Brown said that while he doesn't really know Bennett well, "Cory Gardner is a friend of mine and this is ludicrous.

"Why are we — so many serious things we need to deal with, and here we are playing games about arresting members for a government shutdown," said Brown.

"If we really want to clean up what has become almost a systemically corrupt government, then let's see some arrests in the IRS scandal," he said. "Let's see some arrests in the Benghazi scandal. Let's see some arrests in the [Hillary Clinton] email scandal.

"Let's actually see some oversight by government," he said, "oversight by congressional committees instead of introducing these stupid bills that are going to go nowhere."

Brown also discussed reports that two senior Secret Service agents crashed a car into a White House security barrier on March 4 after a night of drinking.

"Something's happened over the past six, seven years, where either the leadership, the morale, something, has just deteriorated [at the Secret Service] to the point that it is out of control," said Brown. "And look, you may disagree with [President] Barack Obama. You may not like his policies. But no one wants to see either the White House attacked, no one wants to see the president attacked.

"They've got to get their act together," Brown said of the Secret Service, which has been rocked by repeated scandals and embarrassments during the Obama presidency, including this latest incident under newly appointed Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

"And again, going back to our earlier conversation about Congress, where's the oversight?" said Brown. "Where are the congressional committees that are hauling these people's butts up there finding out why is this happening, and what are you doing to stop it?"

Brown turned to Ferguson, Mo., where two police officers were shot and wounded early Thursday in an apparent ambush, and the police chief, city manager and other municipal employees have resigned in response to a scathing Justice Department report on racial bias in city government and law enforcement.

Brown said the ratcheting up again of tensions in Ferguson is "getting frightening," and seems to be feeding off of the earlier violence that followed the Aug. 9 shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson.

Brown said the federal government and outsiders such as civil rights activist Al Sharpton are an inflammatory presence in Ferguson and should "step back" and let the community deal with its issues.

"I watched Al Sharpton today talking about how this [shooting of the police officers] was setting him back, and not one word from Al Sharpton about sympathy toward the police officers," said Brown.

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Colorado's two U.S. senators are "grandstanding" with a "stupid" and "ludicrous" proposal to use the threat of arrest to prevent lawmakers from letting the federal government shut down, says Denver radio talk show host and former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown.
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