US lawmaker sorry for shouting ‘Sieg Heil’ in legislature

May 16, 2012 14:18

A New Hampshire lawmaker was permitted back in the state's House chamber after apologizing three times for saluting and shouting "Sieg Heil."

The outburst by Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Manchester Republican who once lived in Berlin, Germany, came Tuesday after the House of Representatives speaker, William O'Brien, shut down debate on voter identification legislation, the Nashua Telegraph reported.

Vaillancourt had left the House, then returned. When he refused to leave, security was asked to remove him.

Fellow Republican lawmaker Gary Daniels said Vaillancourt’s remark showed “a disregard for decorum; a disrespect for the speaker,” and reflected poorly on the legislative body.

“I don’t think this kind of disrespect should be allowed in the chamber,” Daniels said. “There’s no place for it.”

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