Sheila Kuehl just wasn’t having it.
At a recent meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a citizen took to the podium to take the board to task for voting to welcome Syrian refugees to the county.
He then proceeded to call Kuehl, one of the five supervisors, an anti-Semitic ‘scumbag.’
The lesbian lawmaker replied: ‘Listen, you asshole, I am a Jew! My mother was a Jew! And if you say that again, I will shout the entire time you are talking! Thank you.’
When the board chairwoman Hilda Solis asked that the man be removed, Kuehl protested and asked that he be allowed to speak and that his two-minute limit be started over.
Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors last year, the 74-year-old Kuehl served eight years in the California State Senate and six years in the California State Assembly. She was the first openly gay person elected to the California legislature.
Prior to her life in politics, Kuehl was an actress who was best known for playing Zelda Gilroy, the wannabe girlfriend of the title character in the television series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis which aired on CBS from 1959 to 1963.
When acting roles dried up in the 1970s, she entered Harvard Law School and the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division magazine named her one of the nation’s top five law students.