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Rep. Louie Gohmert 'rude and irate' after parking ticket, report says

1:28 PM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Texas congressman was "rude and irate" after receiving a parking ticket near the Lincoln Memorial earlier this month.

That's according to a police report. The report says Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told U.S. Park Police he's on a committee that oversees their agency and would not pay a fine.

The report was obtained by Politico. Gohmert received a citation after 11 p.m. on March 13 for parking his vehicle in a spot reserved for National Park Service vehicles.

Gohmert spokeswoman Kimberly Willingham says the congressman parked in one of several empty spaces and believed he was allowed to do so. She says a park service officer apologized to Gohmert when pointed out his congressional plate.

The police report contains no mention of an apology, according to Politico.

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