U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8) got quite testy with his constituents at a recent event when he was asked about the apparent conflicts of interest in Congress when it comes to big banks. At the event held in Gurnee on Sunday, which was part of his occasional "Cup of Joe with Joe" weekend meetings with residents, the freshman congressman blew his top, yelling and threatening to throw out constituents who were asking about the positions several bank lobbyists have in regulatory agencies and Congress.
Walsh's angry tirade included exhortations, like "Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now! I am tired of hearing that crap! This pisses me off! Too many people don’t listen!"
Here's a look at the congressman's fervent defense of big banks:
Walsh won't be running in the 8th district in the upcoming election, so maybe he thinks he can get away with yelling in a constituent's face. Even still, such outlandish behavior will likely be unappealing to residents of the 14th congressional district, where Walsh plans to run, and one can be pretty certain it wasn't what his 8th district constituents expected when they attended the "Cup of Joe" meeting described on his web site as an opportunity "to candidly sit down with constituents and discuss the state of things in Washington and Illinois 8th District over a cup of coffee."
UPDATE: Here's a longer look at what led up to Walsh's rant:
The full "Cup of Joe with Joe" event can be seen here.