Protesters outside Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea at Rep. Allen West townhall event

By Daily Staff News Writer: Michele Dargan 

via Palm Beach Daily News

Anthony Falzarano had a bit of an exchange Tuesday morning with some protesters standing outside The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, where U.S. Rep. Allen West was scheduled to speak.

West, a Republican who represents congressional District 22, hosted a 1½ hour Town Hall meeting that drew about 200 people.

The nearly 20 protesters outside held signs and distributed fliers to passersby. But Falzarano didn’t like a comment he heard from someone in the group who said West is against jobs.

After getting past the crowd, Falzarano, of West Palm Beach, shouted back that it was President Barack Obama who’s responsible for the lack of jobs in this country.

“It’s Obama, Obama!” he yelled back at them.

Palm Beach Police Officer Michele Pagan asked Falzarano to be respectful of the protesters and not to bait them into an argument.

Falzarano listened and complied.

Once inside, Falzarano said, “Congressman Allen West is holding President Obama accountable for not getting jobs. Why is the president moving for jobs now, a year before his re-election campaign. Why didn’t he work on jobs three years ago when the Democrats controlled the Senate and controlled the House of Representatives, when he could have easily passed a jobs bill. He’s moving for a jobs bill because he knows he’s in great jeopardy of not being re-elected. Republicans are often accused of being racist, that we don’t want a black president in the White House. We don’t mind any president’s color as long as he stands for American, Judeo-Christian values.”



Leave a Comment

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.