August 22, 2011

Via ABC7 in Los Angeles. Waters' comments are at about the 1:40 mark.

NGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Unemployment, the faltering economy and the discord in Congress gave voters plenty to vent about at the "Kitchen Table Summit" held at Inglewood High School Saturday.

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) were there to listen to voter frustrations at the packed summit.

More than a thousand people showed up to have their say.

The jobless rate for African-Americans is almost 16 percent. Officials say in some communities like Inglewood, it's closer to 35 percent.

Waters told the crowd she's ready to fight, especially those currently controlling the House of Representatives.

"I'm not afraid of anybody," said Waters. "This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the 'tea party' can go straight to hell."

The crowd liked that line.

Waters, Bass and Richardson announced a large Los Angeles job fair scheduled for the end of the month.

Tea Party peoples feathers ruffled.

(USA Today) A Tea Party group is fighting back against Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who said this weekend that the small-government movement "can go to straight to hell."

Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, co-founders of the Tea Party Patriots, are calling on President Obama and leaders of the Democratic Party to "censure their own." They lambasted previous comments from Democrats who say Tea Party supporters are "terrorists" and "hostage takers."

"Is civility required only of their opponents?" Martin and Meckler said in a statement. "...The president's silence on these latest violations of civility has been deafening, but not surprising."

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