Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Target Tom: Tea Party Activists Cross The Line

I blogged on Sunday about my concerns that parts of the Tea Party movement has crossed the line and is now threatening to bring down the greatest grassroots conservative movement since the election of Ronald Reagan. I thought that spitting on members of Congress and hurling slurs at them was unbecoming of a civilized nation such as the United States. It's certainly not how my mamma raised me.

Now we have the news that local Tea Party activists, including the Chairman of the Danville Tea Party, spread an address they believed to be Congressman Tom Perriello's residency. They were encouraging people to "stop by" to express their views to Perriello after his health care vote. A vote that saw vandalism of several Democrat offices and threats of assassination against President Obama.

This is getting out of hand:

When Coleman learned the address was actually Perriello’s brother’s — Politico reported he and his wife have four young children — Coleman commented on another blog that the mistake was “collateral damage.”

“Do you mean I posted his brother’s address on my Facebook?” Coleman wrote. “Oh well, collateral damage.”

What angers me is that Nigel and Mike are totally unapologetic about their mistake:

“If they would like to provide me with the address of Tom, then I’d be more than happy to take it down,” he said. “I have no reason to believe it’s not his house.”

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Feigel justified Troxel’s decision to post the home address by saying that Perriello’s office does not “respond to e-mail, they don’t respond to letters, they don’t respond to us showing up at his office. So what am I going to do?”

“We should be protesting on his front lawn. He betrayed his district,” Feigel added.

I am getting pretty sick and tired about complaints that Perriello isn't responding to us. Look, the guy is a liberal Democrat. Everyone knew that in 2008. Virgil narrowly lost because of the historic turnout of the Democratic base in 2008, good campaigning by Perriello, and horrible campaigning by Tucker Watkins. Perriello is just doing what he ran to do, vote like a Democrat. And given that the polls show him neck and neck with any opponent, instead of far behind, there seem to be a damn many liberals hiding around in the Fifth. If you don't know any, get your ass out of Southside and go to Charlottesville. And don't complain that Perriello is hiding from us when the guy did 21 town halls in August and appeared on Bradley's show! The guy talks to the public far more than Virgil ever did. I disagree with what he's saying, but you're an idiot if you think you're going to change his mind. Do you think liberal protesters and Code Pink could ever have changed Virgil's mind? Hell no!

But back to my anger . . .

I don't know if I have words to describe this.

Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Tom Perriello’s (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman’s vote for the health care bill.

An aide to the congressman confirmed to POLITICO that a line to a propane tank behind his brother's home near Charlottesville had been sliced.




Yesterday, Republican Laurance Verga tweeted his response to the story of Perriello's brother's address being posted:

I discourage all from protesting on @TomPerriello's private property. Show him the respect we all deserve

The same day, Lucy Goode defended the posting of the address, calling it a distraction from the real issue. I wonder how she would feel if her life were in danger.

As far as I know, Verga is the only Republican candidate with the basic human decency to come out and defend Perriello and his family. I demand that EVERY Republican in the race against Perriello come out and say the same, or else they have shown themselves to be the candidate of the terrorist fringe.

1 comment:

  1. This is getting way out of hand and is going to make things very difficult for those of us who would like to see the issues at hand resolved in a peaceful manner. These actions are a deterrent to the political figures who are fighting for us and they must be stopped.
    No one should be put in fear of their safety or be threatened. My heart goes out to the Perriello family.