A controversial painting on Capitol Hill depicting a police officer as a pig will be removed after sparking a scuffle between Democratic and Republican lawmakers, the architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers told Fox News Friday. Ayers determined the painting violates the House Building Commission’s rules and will be removed Tuesday after the federal holiday. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.,the former Sheriff of King County, Washington, wrote to Ayers demanding the artwork be removed, and arguing the painting “is in clear violation of the Suitability Guidelines outlined in the official rules for the competition.” In particular, Reichert asserted that the rules bar art that depicts “subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature.” Democratic and Republican lawmakers repeatedly passed it back and forth in a growing tit-for-tat. Most recently, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., took it down late Tuesday afternoon and brought it to the office of Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay. The painting came from his Missouri district. Clay once again hung it up, saying he was “an expert at hanging artwork.” Rohrabacher called the painting an “insult to all police.” The painting was hung last June in a tunnel between the Cannon and House Office Buildings at the Capitol.
And was apparently painted by some teenager in an art contest that Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) was the judge for…go figure. Let’s be clear.. Here at The Daily Buzz we’re ALL for being able to express your First Amendment rights. But, despite Rep. Clay’s assertion to the contrary, that’s not even what’s at issue here. It’s the fact that it was an inappropriate venue. And now we learn that the artwork violate the contest’s own rules. But, Congressman Clay (who happens to be a liberal black Democrat) liked the anti-cop, politically-correct theme of this painting..so he awarded it first place, and then decided to use it to make a statement in the WRONG venue; the House of Representatives. Congressman Clay, who is whining about First Amendment freedoms, knows VERY well that if there was some artwork that portrayed the Klan in a positive light, or was of Christ, that he and the rest of the (entirely Democrat) “Congressional Black Caucus” would raise holy hell if it were hung there at the Capital..and we ALL know it. So, his self-righteous, hypocritical bloviating is exposed. Removing this from the Capital was the right call.