McGlowan’s Odd Exchange With Some Ole Miss Students
I am not sure why negative stories of Angela McGlowan seem to come up with ease, but the latest is an exchange that took place before McGlowan’s campaign stop at Ole Miss with Judge Joe Brown last Friday.
According to the Young Americans for Liberty- Ole Miss chapter blog, the group had set up a booth inside the student union offering prizes if someone could name the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (aka the Bill of Rights). Seeing if McGlowan could do it seemed like a good idea to at least one member:
The student group member who approached Mrs. McGlowan asked if she could name the first ten amendments in exchange for a prize, to which she responded that she could but would not do so while standing in the sun on the front steps of the Student Union. The student then replied that Mrs. McGlowan’s response led him to believe that she could not in fact name the first ten amendments. At this remark, the Congress hopeful became noticeably perturbed and summoned UPD (University Police Department) officers to have the student removed from the area. Knowledgeable of the situation and the students’ rights, UPD did not remove the student from the area and simply sought to cool the situation down. One officer even remarked that he didn’t see what all the fuss was about, as he had tried to win the prize at the group’s table earlier in the week.
I don’t think not being able to recite the first ten amendments to the Constitution rules someone out as an elected official. If the story was McGlowan couldn’t name them, no big deal, it’s not a story in my opinion. I imagine most members of Congress would come up short in this task.
However, assuming this story is true, it makes you scratch your head at the way McGlowan approached everything. Why say you can do something but you’re not going to- and blame in on the sun? Why escalate the situation by bringing in the police? It just seems unprofessional, and something you don’t do when you are running for office. These are things you sort out before you make your run, not during it. And this type of action does not seem to be an isolated event.
Update: After listening to most of the Gallo interview (courtesy of Y’all Politics), this story did come up. McGlowan did dispute most of the article referenced above. At one point she said she thought they were plants- people put their by other campaigns to disrupt her. She said the issue was that the students were behind the podium when the press conference was about to begin, she said they were “out of order,” that she would take questions later and that UPD did get them to move. Just a rebuttal to get both sides.