Rep. Stam: Moral Monday protesters have rights, but no impact

from WRAL report,
“GOP: ‘Moral Monday’ protests just the price of government”
By Mark Binker
May 31, 2013

… Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake, said he did not consider the costs to be significant. People, he said, have a right to protest and seek redress.

“That’s just the price of government,” he said.

‘Who do you serve’

As speaker pro tem, the No. 2 position in the House, Stam is one of the Republican leaders protesters would most like to influence.

“I would say they’ve had zero impact,” he said. “They’re not talking to members. They’re talking to themselves and to the media.”

The biggest impact the protesters have had, Stam said, is that they were loud enough to be heard inside the state House chamber on May 20, but the session kept going. …

“I’ve been in protests. There’s nothing wrong with protests,” he said. “But to have any effect, they can’t just be scatter shot, ‘How loud can we shout?'”

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