Republican Launches Personal Attack Against Keystone XL Activist At Congressional Hearing
BY REBECCA LEBER ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 AT 8:38 AM
On Thursday, a House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline ended with an ugly exchange between a Republican congressman and a Nebraska grassroots organizer. The GOP hearing turned personal when Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) began firing accusations at the witness, Bold Nebraska Director Jane Kleeb.
While interrogating the anti-Keystone XL activist over the source of her organization’s funding, Johnson became angry, questioned her qualifications, and warned her not to interrupt beyond yes or no answers as he threw questions out about her husband’s “woman-owned business.” His final attack, that Kleeb had no qualifications to even discuss the pipeline, led Democratic member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL) to interrupt and apologize.
Another member, Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) also described Kleeb as being fairly combative. She replied, “My mom would call it assertive or independent.’”