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When Congressmen Behave Badly

The AJC article went on to note that Scott, who lives in Inman Park (which, interestingly, is nowhere near the 13th Congressional District) and his wife were among 16 Inman residents opposing the garden, on grounds of additional traffic and congestion -- although apparently the real complaint is that the garden would impact the view from Scott's front porch.

While the AJC obliquely referred to reports of Scott losing his legendary temper when he turned up at a meeting intended for planning the garden, according to an Inman resident who contacted me, Scott "spent a good 15 minutes yelling at us and telling us that what we were doing was wrong."

Never one to put up with the picayune wishes of the pesky citizenry, Scott has since apparently enlisted the aid of new Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other Scott cronies on the City Council. According to local alt-weekly Creative Loafing, Scott has been "lobbying City Council members and rallying his Hurt Street neighbors. Under the kind of pressure only a congressman can apply, the UDC [Urban Design Commission] has deferred a vote on the garden on six separate occasions. The commission is next scheduled to consider the matter at its March 10 meeting."

One would hope that the UDC would have the nerve to overrule Scott's pompous whining in favor of his neighbors, but who are we kidding here? Atlanta's city government is controlled by the Democratic Party, and Scott is a Democratic congressman who not only can't be bothered to meet his own constituents, he can't even be bothered to live in his own district. Scott is really in the catbird seat here: he doesn't even have to worry about losing his neighbors' votes -- they can't vote for or against him in the first place!

Given all that, Scott will probably get his way. He'll also continue to make a strong case for being one of the biggest jerks in Congress -- and that, friends, is quite an accomplishment.