Bob Turner Awkwardly Sworn Into Congress

15 Sep

After shocking the political world by winning the congressional election in the heavily democratic 9th district of New York and leaving the Democrats soul-searching, Republican Bob Turner had a bit of an awkward first moment in Congress.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) introduced Turner who then took to the podium and began speaking right away.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, thank you, Congressman Rangel, thank you, Congressman King,” Turner began.

But Speaker of the House John Boehner had not officially recognized Turner and interrupted, “The gentleman, the gentleman from New York, Mr. Turner, is recognized.”

Turner paused before continuing, “Thank you Mr. Speaker … now?” There was laughter throughout the chamber. The excitment begins at the three-minute mark.

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