Rep. Joe Walsh loses cool with constituents on bank regulation

November 9, 2011

Last Sunday, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh met with constituents at a UNO Bar & Grill on Grand Avenue in Gurnee, Ill.  The event was advertised on Facebook as a "Cup of Joe with Joe" session, a townhall like meeting the freshman representative likes to hold.

Among the topics discussed was the role of regulation in the banking sector. That's when things got interesting.

According to a video that was published on Monday, Walsh got very passionate about the Dodd-Frank law.  

In the video, he started yelling at attendees, saying: "Don't blame the banks!  ...This pisses me off! Too many people don't listen!"

In a response to captiolfax.com, Walsh stated:

"I do these cup of joe’s every wkend (sic), I show up at a coffee shop or restaurant anywhere in district and anyone can come meet with me and talk to me about anything. They are fun, engaging sessions, I often get people who disagree w (sic) me on issues at these events and the conversation can be very spirited.

I am very passionate at these events as well as at my town halls. This was no different except I was working on an empty stomach and had a quicker fuse than normal."

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