Dan Heyman, an obnoxious liberal reporter for Public News Service, said he was arrested at the West Virginia State Capitol after repeatedly asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question about the House-passed healthcare bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare as the secretary was entering the building.
In a press conference held shortly after posting bail, Heyman harassed Price repeatedly about whether domestic violence is considered a pre-existing condition under the new GOP healthcare bill.
According to Heyman’s account, he waited for Price to come into the building and then reached past those accompanying Price with his phone and repeatedly asked his healthcare question, adding that a number of other reporters wanted to bring up the issue of pre-existing conditions.
But in reality, he was being rude, obstructive, and engaging in harassment. He blocked Price as he was attempting to walk, and shouted into his face.
The event concluded with a press conference at the end of Price’s visit, which Heyman could have attended but did not.
According to the criminal complaint by the capitol police, Heyman was “aggressively breaching the secret service agents to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple of times from the area walking up the hallway in the main building of the Capitol. The defendant was causing a disturbance by yelling at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price.”
The officer who filed the report said he and another officer “were able to detain the defendant before he tried aggressively to breach the security of the secret service.”
“As the criminal complaint explains, this is not about someone trying to ask questions,” said Lawrence Messina, the director of communication for West Virginia’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, which oversees the capitol police. “The individual repeatedly tried to push his way past secret service agents who were providing for the safety and security for an event at the state capitol. There were other reporters present who asked questions without incident.”
Heyman had to pay a $5,000 bond and was charged with willful disruption of governmental processes, a misdemeanor.