Politics & Government

Rowdy crowd descends on Florida rep's monthly meeting

Only a small handful of constituents typically show up to talk to the staff of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein on the first Wednesday of every month. But Wednesday morning's routine office hours were turned into a raucous town hall meeting when about 100 protesters packed a Lighthouse Point public library demanding that Klein back off proposed healthcare reforms.

Like other recent town hall meetings across the country that have become Internet sensations for resembling angry mobs more than citizens engaged in thoughtful public discourse, the group was rowdy at times.

"Where the hell is Klein?'' demanded Republican activist Ana Gomez-Mallada. "He's a coward!'' yelled somebody else, even though the congressman was never scheduled to attend.

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