In October 2008, I joined two fellow GOP activists in hoisting "McCain-Palin" signs at Barack Obama's campaign rally in Leesburg. An angry rally-goer tore them out of our hands and tossed them out. However, none of us interrupted the future president's speech. A local Democratic activist noticed this and wrote a letter condemning me – not the other two protesters – as I was serving my first term on the Leesburg Town Council. Some of my colleagues on the council were not pleased I did this, either.
I quickly learned that serving in elected office carries with it a responsibility to behave better – for instance, not hoisting signs inside the other party's events.
But freshman state Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D), who represents parts of Loudoun the Virginia House of Delegates, obviously cares nothing about etiquette or decorum with his brazen interruption of President Trump's speech at the Jamestown celebration.
In 2009, Republicans and Democrats in Congress jointly reprimanded South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson (R) for shouting "You Lie!" to Obama as he delivered his State of the Union address.
But these days, with politics being so tribal, I seriously doubt Samirah will get a reprimand from his caucus in Richmond, just as Democrats in Congress fail to condemn or even distance themselves from the anti-Semitic, anti-American and fallacious statements of Democratic Congress members Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Moreover, Republican leaders in Washington rarely criticize some of President Trump's comments and tweets.
But Samirah, unlike those members of Congress, has no Republican opponent in the fall. Samirah seems to feel that he can get away with saying or doing anything, whether it's playing a victim because of how he was questioned at a town hall in Herndon in the spring or interrupting the president's speech with protest signs. This means he is an unchallenged politician, and such politicians become arrogant, self-serving and feel they can say or do anything they want. At least I wrote this letter denouncing his indiscretions. I hope this paper prints it and Rep. Samirah will comport himself better in the future.
Leesburg Town Council
Loudoun Board of Supervisors