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February 18, 2010
Lawmakers get an amen chorus, of one
The 30-odd state lawmakers who gathered this morning to denounce a ghetto-themed party at the University of California, San Diego, wanted public attention.
 
They probably just didn't want it as loud, and while they were speaking in front of the cameras.
 
About midway through a 35-minute press conference on the Capitol steps, a woman nestled among the TV cameras. An amen chorus of one, she shouted her approval of each denunciation with "Yea!" or "True!" or "That's right!"
 
Along the way, she ruined more than a few sound bytes. Her immediate feedback appeared to unsettle some of the lawmakers.
 
But Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach, who was showing solidarity with black colleagues as chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, took it in stride.
 
When the woman yelled, "Thank you!" he replied, "Thank you is right, sister."
 
"Our caucus stands with this sister," he concluded. "You're quite welcome sister."

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