Republican Councilman Paul Smith, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, has found himself at the center of controversy after video of him holding a sign that depicted President Obama's head on a spike surfaced after being recorded at a Tea Party rally more than three years ago in April 2009. He also had other signs that included Nancy Pelosi with bullet holes in her head, and a noose around the neck of former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm.
The sign that depicted a decapitated President Obama with blood dripping from his neck contained the statements, "Shit on a stick", and "One more day is too many!" and "He changed American into Uganda." which was scrawled out in large letters.
While that sign was repugnant, Smith's signs towards female politicians were notably harsher. Democratic Minority Leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi ,was depicted with 6 blood dripping bullet holes in her face. The ugly phrases included "Pelosi hates America. Loves bribes and wetbacks." The sign also said "Extreme Left Bitch." Indeed, because nothing says civility like holding a sign calling another person an extreme bitch. Right?
The revelation of this information came from Sterling Heights Mayor Pro Tem, Michael Taylor, who inadvertently found the damning footage while watching YouTube videos. Because of this discovery the city council voted, with Smith participating, to publicly call for the resignation of Paul Smith. The vote was tallied at 6 to 1 in favor, with Smith being the only member who didn't vote for his own resignation.
Because of the public nature of this discovery, a Secret Service investigation was triggered.
The Oakland Press locally reported on August 9, that Smith has no plans to resign. He claims, "They (the Secret Service) told me that their policy is they respond to every complaint and that’s exactly what they did. They asked me a lot of questions dating back to when I was a kid. I answered them honestly and I guess they believe I’m not a threat or some kook.”
Smith went on to say that the city council is like a "fraternity", and that "I'm not welcome to the club."
That matter is not disputed between other council members. At the latest council meeting Michael Taylor said directly to Smith that he was "completely unfit to hold public office."
Other council members have taken a similar line including Councilmen Joeseph Romano who says Smith's "usefulness as a Councilman is nil."
One matter of note is the video itself, which can be viewed on the left side of this article. Participants at the Tea Party rally chastised the video journalist for paying attention to Smith, because they claimed he was a "plant", or someone who was put there to make The Tea Party look extreme.
As it happens, Smith really was that outrageous and offensive and it seems that trend has carried to his, evidently, short career as a public official.