Meet Mike Sola, the man who wheeled his son up to John Dingell and shouted him down
by Jonathan Oosting MLive.com
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 7:35 AM
If you watched any video of Thursday's town hall meeting turned shout-fest in Romulus, you probably remember Mike Sola.
He's that big guy who wheeled his son up to U.S. Rep. John Dingell and refused to back down.
"I have a question for this young man," Sola thundered after Dingell asked him to sit down, referring to his 36-year-old son who suffers from cerebral palsy. "This young man has the right to be represented. I'm his father and I wanna talk to you face to face."
Well, Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press dropped by Sola's Washtenaw County home. Turns out, Sola wasn't part of an organized or manufactured mob, but just a big guy who get's riled up.
Highlights from McGraw's piece:
• Sola said he's sorry he went to the town hall meeting and had no intention of confronting Dingell, who he described as a "pretty decent guy."
• Sola said the tipping point was when he saw a young woman, who appeared to be disabled, supporting Dingell. He felt she was being used.
• Sola said he attended the meeting after reading an article by Betsy McCaughey of the New York Post. McCaughey got caught up in a firestorm last month after making exaggerated claims that the proposed House health care bill contained a provision that would institute mandatory end-of-life counseling sessions telling seniors how "to do what's in society's best interest ... and cut your life short."
• Sola said he was mad about Democrats referring to protesters as "thugs" and said This was Americans saying, "What the hell are you doing?"
• Sola is a believer in the current health care system, having undergone back surgery, lung-cancer surgery and a battle with prostate cancer.
• Sola says his health insurance is "crappy," but "I'll keep it over government insurance any day. I'll gladly pay what I pay and not take Obama's insurance -- even if it was zero."
And Dingell's response to Mr. Sola? "Go sit down." Enough said.