Ga. official punished for words at tea party

Port Wentworth official shouted heckler 'should have been aborted'

Friday, July 23, 2010 5:46 AM
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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. --Port Wentworth Mayor Pro Tem Vincent Hogan was placed on probation Thursday night for an inflammatory comment he made during a tea party rally earlier this month.

City council had earlier considered stripping Hogan of the mayor pro tempore status, but as the meeting began, Councilman James Curry recommended six months of probation instead.

The vote was 4-2 in favor of probation.

The punitive measure stemmed from a heated exchange between Hogan and a woman during a July 5 Savannah Tea Party rally in Forsyth Park.

Hogan -- a tea party supporter -- said Thursday the woman had interrupted his speech, calling him an "idiot," employing obscenities and referring to his days-old son.

Hogan told the woman she "should have been aborted." 

At Thursday's meeting, Hogan expressed contrition for that remark. He said the heckler had struck a nerve by insulting his son.

"I said it to shut the person up," he said, explaining that since the incident he had visited senior citizens, Lions Club members and others to request forgiveness. "It was the wrong thing to say."

Councilmen Jud Bowers and Bill Herrin voted against probation.

"We've all seen a lot of temper flaring," Bowers said before voting. "I think probation is wrong."

Mayor Glenn Jones, after the meeting, said: "Council made a decision, and I always recognize the wishes of council."

The lone public comment came from Port Wentworth resident Dianne Tschabrunn, who spoke in support of Hogan.

"We hope you can look at this as an isolated incident," she said. "Give him a second chance

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johnston.cliff 07/23/10 - 06:13 am
Well, with a long and

Well, with a long and detailed search, someone finally found a TEA party supporter who spoke harshly while leading an open meeting. It seems Mr. Hogan can only be insulted and baited so many time before he blurts a rude response. I guess now he knows you must treat hecklers like undisciplined children, not opponents.

TrukinRanger 07/23/10 - 06:57 am
I guess we know his views on

I guess we know his views on abortion!

55 F-100
55 F-100 07/23/10 - 09:00 am
The heckler should have been

The heckler should have been escorted out the venue immeadiately after her first utterance. Insult the speaker's family member and the "escort" changes to "toss her loudmouth rear-end out on her ear".

30cal 07/23/10 - 10:02 am
OBSCENITIES,verbal assaults

OBSCENITIES,verbal assaults on children and family should not be tolerated.the review board should be FIRED. why was this ----- not removed sooner.HAD this been a dem. affair or pro OBAMA meeting (LOL)that behavior would have her thrown out like the trash she IS or perhaps put in jail.
R A C I S M and V E R B A L assaults the DEMOCRATIC WAY.

veggie-d 07/23/10 - 10:50 am
if a politician can't handle

if a politician can't handle hecklers with any better tact than that, they should leave office immediately!

they might wanna switch to stand-up comedy for a real taste of heckling! and to learn MUCH better material for retorts!

but...the only "joke" here is mr. hogan.

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