Rep. Gohmert responds to 'irate' D.C. ticket incident
POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 11:25am
Washington D.C. (KETK) — Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (Tx- 01) is catching heat for an alleged dispute with United States Park Police officers over a March 13 parking ticket in Washington D.C.
According to POLITICO, law enforcement reported Gohmert was "rude and irate." It is also said Gohmert took the ticket off his windshield and put it on a police car along with his business card with a written message: “Oversight of Park Service is my job! Natural Resources Thus the Congressional Plate in window.”
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Congressional Ethics office against the Texas Republican for poor behavior as a congressman, stated the Houston Chronicle.
In an interview with KETK, Congressman Gohmert gave his side of the story.
The congressman said he's been parking in the area for years with no problems.
"I take a lot of the people around the Capitol, as I've got time, I take them to a monument or two. I'm not always able to do that. I'm on the National Resource Committee and I go down to Lincoln memorial. People have complained from East Texas about the film under the Lincoln memorial and bird poop. I go down there quite a bit.
For 8 years, I've been told by the national park service people, 'no, you can park anywhere we park.' If we can park there congressman, you can park there. They've always been very gracious and I've always gotten along great with them."
According to Mr. Gohmert, he was at the memorial between 11 p.m. and midnight for about 15 minutes before he returned to find a ticket under his windshield wiper.
That's when the congressman spoke to a park officer to discuss the matter. Gohmert claims he was not out of control as media reports have speculated.
"I didn't think I was irate," said Rep. Gohmert. "I don't believe from what I've been told before that I'm supposed to get a ticket."
After showing his congressional plate to the officer, he handed him a card and offered to talk with him at anytime.
The Texas congressman told KETK, he believes he's not in the wrong, but would pay the $25 fine if proven otherwise.
"And by the way, so far, what we've been able to find is probably the D.C. Code applies there. And the code says a member of Congress may park in any available space in the District of Columbia." He added, "If I'm wrong, I'll pay ticket. Nobody is above the law, I don't care who you are. I certainly believe that."
As for the organization who filed the complaint against Mr. Gohmert, he's not surprised, saying the "leftist group" only comes after Republicans.
"I guess it's an honor for them to think I'm worthy of coming after," stated the congressman.