State Rep. George Ross (R-Attleboro) was clearly very unhappy about the reaction to some of his comments during a debate with Democratic challenger Paul Heroux last week (they are running in the 2nd Bristol district which is most of Attleboro). What’s not entirely clear is whether he actually flipped off the audience – that’s right, gave them “the finger” – in response to being booed.
I watched the video a few times. It does look to me as though the gesture is one that most people would recognize as obscene, but it happens fast, so it’s difficult to be certain. You be the judge. (Ross, of course, denies having done anything of the kind.)
You can click the screenshot to the right for a larger image. You can also watch the video. Here’s a version helpfully assembled by a YouTuber called elparker2 that shows Ross’s gesture as it happened, and then slows it down:
And here, for context, is the entire debate. The relevant sequence of events begins at about 35:00.