Health-Reform Rally Heckler Says He’s Sorry and Scared


The man who berated and tossed dollar bills at a man with Parkinson’s disease during a health care protest last week says he is remorseful and scared.

“I snapped. I absolutely snapped and I can’t explain it any other way,” said Chris Reichert of Victorian Village, in a Dispatch interview.

In his first comments on an incident that went viral across the Internet and was repeatedly played on cable television news shows, Reichert said he is sorry about his confrontation with Robert A. Letcher, 60, of the North Side. Letcher, a former nuclear engineer who suffers from Parkinson’s, was verbally attacked as he sat before anti-health care demonstrators in front of Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s district office last week.

“He’s got every right to do what he did and some may say I did too, but what I did was shameful,” Reichert said. “I haven’t slept since that day.”

“I made a donation (to a local Parkinson’s disease group) and that starts the healing process.”

Here’s the video:


  1. No way in Hell I’ll vote for a Republican as long as they tolerate that kind of behavior. They never publicly criticize it or discourage their supporters from acting this way. Even though these aren’t the actual politicians in the video, they always act surprised, or dismiss it as an “isolated incident” whenever something like this is brought to their attention.

    Bohner needs to get vocal and rebuke this shit before someone gets seriously hurt or killed.

  2. “I snapped. I absolutely snapped and I can’t explain it any other way.”

    I think that statement is telling. All this “teabaggery” is nothing more than a frenzied mob mentality. There is no rationality, or even rationalizing at this point. They’re operating on nothing more than raw emotion and adrenaline. And as we all know, very bad things often result from that combination.

    1. It is all about mob mentallity, and it is getting worse. Rush and Beck and Palin are making sure that these people feel justified in their actions, and it sickens me. Acting rationally is basically a sin to these goddamn imbecils.

  3. If only he were rich he could go into rehab. Someone needs to market a rehab for poor folk (Rehab Bell?) so no one will ever have to be accountable for their actions anymore.

    Slept with your wife’s best friend? $.99 Sex Addiction Combo meal (with a coke!)

    Tormented some poor Parkinson’s guy? $1.99 Beck-fueled Rehab Supreme.

  4. I think I once saw a Republican senator on TV trying to talk down a mob of angry right-wing protesters, and they shouted him down. I think many of the Republicans, or the moderate ones at least, don’t like this (or didn’t); but like with the Democrats the mob shouts them down and stops them.

    1. There is an enormous difference between choosing to ignore a shouting mob over political issues, and choosing to tacitly condone horrifyingly dangerous and cruel behavior. Think back to the hateful, spiteful and racist tenor of the election season, and how out of control that whole thing was- there were a few comments here or there, but all the while, Sarah Palin was winking to the crowd, letting them know that they should stoke the flame.

      Being a coward to political pressure is pathetic, but bowing to downright evil behavior and base intentions is damnable, and I hope these people really do have to one day answer for their actions.

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