GeeGuy has posted a link to a video of the five minutes in question at last week’s City Commission from which Susan Overfield was removed. To be honest, I’m pretty shocked. Having watched City Commission meetings on channel 7 and knowing how Mayor Dona generally conducts herself at the meetings, here is what I assumed had happened:
1. Susan had talked for her allotted three minutes and then was alerted that her three minutes were up.
2. She then asked for an extra minute or two to finish her comments, and the Mayor granted her an extension.
3. Susan talked through her extension and asked for more time, but the Mayor declined the second request in the interest of time.
4. Susan objected and continued talking, and the the Mayor asked repeatedly for Susan to step down.
5. Susan got increasingly belligerent and loud.
6. The Mayor, as a last resort and in order to preserve order, asked that Susan be escorted from the room.
But that is not what happened, according to the video. This is what I saw on the video:
1. Susan talked for her allotted three minutes.
2. The Mayor told her to wrap it up as she approached the three-minute mark.
3. Susan continued talking.
4. The Mayor said, “Ma’am, your time is up. Please take your seat…Ma’am.”
5. Susan said that she would continue talking.
6. The Mayor turned to (presumably) the police officer and said, “Please remove her.”
Items #4-6 occurred within the span of eight seconds. There was no attempt at any resolution other than removing Susan from the room. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 – just get out of my meeting.
Now I’m not about to claim that there were any Nazis in the City Commission meeting – the moonbats are just that – moonbats – when they make such ridiculous claims. But what I saw on the tape certainly didn’t make me feel comfortable with our municipal government. I’m pretty shocked that the Mayor didn’t offer an extra minute or two to Susan, or ask to meet with Susan after the meeting or the next day, or otherwise seek some other way to handle the situation instead of immediately asking for Susan’s removal. In addition, I’m a bit surprised that no one else said anything or otherwise tried to calm things down – another City Commissioner, for example.
I think that the Mayor owes Susan an apology, and owes the rest of us an explanation. How about it, Mayor? Talk to us.