Politician's YouTubed Comments Create Stir | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Politician's YouTubed Comments Create Stir

Play associated audio

When 81-year-old Ruth Tatlock spoke before the Herndon Town Council last month, she wanted to confront council members who protested Governor Tim Kaine's recent visit.

But just a few minutes into her remarks, as shown on the video, Tatlock was silenced. "May I continue please?" she asked the council. "No, you may not!" Councilman Dennis Husch replied. In the video that's posted online, Husch says his constituents don't have the right to comment on what he does on his own time.

That, he says, would be the equivalent of slavery. "And while I work for the citizens of this community," he tells the audience, "You don't own me. The 13th amendment [to the U.S. Constitution] made that clear."

Before returning to the Herndon Town Council last night, Ruth Tatlock challenged Husch's assertions. "When somebody chooses to run for office and is elected," she says, "He becomes a representative for all of the residents of this town."

The Herndon Town Attorney did send a memo to the council concerning last month's incident. But the town has decided against releasing it to the public, citing attorney-client privilege.

David Schultz reports...

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 22

Forget a white Christmas. This week, you can see an art exhibit and musical that explode with color.

NPR

Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."
WAMU 88.5

Gray Expected To Wrap Up Tenure As Mayor By Signing Pair Of Bills

The term for Mayor Vincent Gray wraps up Jan. 2, and he's expected to sign some legislation into law before his time is up.

NPR

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.