Two U.S. Secret Service agents on Thursday interviewed Councilman Paul Smith, one day after the Sterling Heights City Council voted 6-1 to ask the freshman councilman to resign over derogatory statements he made at a Tea Party rally in 2009 against President Barack Obama and other political figures. Smith said he won’t resign.
Smith said his interview with federal officers at City Hall on Thursday morning went well and it was more of a friendly dialogue than a grilling.
“Some joker called the Secret Service and made a complaint about me,” Smith said. “They told me that their policy is they respond to every complaint and that’s exactly what they did. They asked me a lot of questions dating back to when I was a kid. I answered them honestly and I guess they believe I’m not a threat or some kook.”
He carried a large sign with a picture of former House speaker Nancy Pelosi with bullet holes in her face and a hammer and sickle, symbols of the Communist Party. The verbiage on the sign said, “Extreme left bitch,” “We won’t die soon enough,” and “She hates America, God, You and Capitalism.”
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was depicted in a hangman’s noose. Smith called the three (Obama, Pelosi and Granholm) communists, and said they are worse than any enemy America ever fought against.