Clay Responds to Speaker Ryan Student Artwork Did Not “Slip By”
WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri took strong exception to comments made by Speaker Paul Ryan on the Mike Gallagher radio program earlier today in which the Speaker stated that Untitled #1, the winning entry from Missouri’s 1st congressional district in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition had in the words of the Speaker: “Slipped by.”
“From the beginning, this has really been about just two simple things...standing up for my 18-year old constituent, and defending the 1st Amendment,” said Mr. Clay.
“This painting by David Pulphus, just like the other 400+ entries, was accepted and approved by the Congressional Art Competition and it has been peacefully displayed in a public forum for more than six months.
The only difference is that the Speaker and his Republican colleagues are attempting to suppress free speech with their own brand of retroactive, vigilante censorship against my constituent. Apparently, they believe that the 1st Amendment does not protect him. That’s not only mean-spirited and wrong, it’s also unconstitutional.”