Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar "Honor(ed) To Learn From Justice Scalia" Yesterday

A mini-brouhaha reached its peak yesterday when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave a presentation to a group of (mostly) Tea Party Congresspeople.  New Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD1) was among the few dozen who were there, and noted afterward that "It is an honor to learn from Justice Scalia."

Scalia was invited by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to address her Constitutional conservative seminars - in conjunction with the House Tea Party Caucus - and has received criticism from some quarters for speaking to an overtly conservative group of Representatives and for doing so behind closed doors.  Bachmann did say that all members of Congress were welcome (apparently, three Democrats did attend) and that she plans to invite all Supreme Court Justices to also speak with her group.

Following the session, Gosar stated: "“It is an honor to learn from Justice Scalia. The Constitution is an important part of our country and should be incorporated into the lawmaking process.”  He indicated that he is also glad that many Members, when submitting bills, are citing which part of the Constitution authorizes the bill.

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