Ann Coulter speaks at Republican party fundraiser in Rochester
Posted at: 09/05/2012 4:38 PM
| Updated at: 09/05/2012 5:54 PM
By: Ray Levato | WHEC.com
A national Republican commentator spoke to about 150 GOP faithful at a party fundraiser in Rochester on Wednesday. Ann Coulter’s visit sparked an attack on Maggie Brooks by her Democratic opponent, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
Louise Slaughter’s campaign calls Ann Coulter the patron saint of Republican extremism, but Coulter makes no apologizes for stirring things up.
Ann Coulter charmed her audience with her well-known wit and biting comments, mostly about Democrats and President Obama. And now that President Obama has a record, she predicted that many independent voters who voted for him in 2008 won't this time around.
Coulter said, “President Obama is someone they'd really like to like except for his policies. He'd be a great next door neighbor.”
About 150 people paid $150 each to hear Coulter, who picked apart a range of Democratic positions on the issues including the President's Affordable Care Act.
Coulter said, “So now our entire health care system will be run by the people who run the Department of Motor Vehicles. You know those incredibly long lines at the DMV? Now imagine you're standing in one of those lines wearing a cloth robe that's open in back. That's Obamacare.”
About Republican candidate Mitt Romney, Coulter said she was an early supporter.
Coulter said, “Romney really is the perfect candidate, not only the perfect candidate but the perfect president we need right now.”
Coulter's appearance here prompted Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's campaign to call her an extreme right-wing shock pundit. And Slaughter asked her Republican opponent Maggie Brooks to denounce the fundraiser. But Brooks says she attended the luncheon as a loyal Republican supporting her party and that federal campaign laws prohibit her campaign from benefiting from the fundraising event. And she called Slaughter an extremist for her comments about Republicans and Nazis.
Rep. Louise Slaughter said, “It's sort of like an old German Nazi movie.”
Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive, said, “I certainly don't agree with everything that Ann Coulter has said. I certainly don't agree with everything I've heard Louise Slaughter say. And you want to talk about extremes, this coming from a woman who called Republicans Nazis and said that we're all coming to Washington to kill women.”
News10NBC called Congresswoman Slaughter’s campaign headquarters, but they did not make her available to answer questions Wednesday. A spokesman said her Nazi comment was referring to Republican legislation which she called extreme.