Tea Partiers Assaulted at Senator McCaskill’s “Kitchen Table Talk” Townhall Meeting

I had plenty to do today, and had my day played out differently, I probably would have gotten it all done. . . but first, I had to head off to a meeting.  It was a “Kitchen Table Talk” Townhall Meeting, “hosted” (though she never actually showed up) by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

As a private citizen, acting in no official capacity other than as a constituent, I got to ask my question:

“I would like an answer from the Senator, which I have been asking her for months now– After 71% of the Missouri voter base overwhelmingly voted “NO” to Obamacare, why did she feel she was being “representative” of her constituents by voting for it again?”

. . .to which McCaskill Field Director Brendan Fahey responded “Thank you for coming in today”.  I pushed further for an answer, but was simply thanked again.  In fact, I can’t think of a single question that was actually answered there. . .and this is why:

THIS is what was taped to the front door of the room where the public meeting, hosted by a public figure, in a public building, funded bypublic tax dollars.  (This was at the Oak Bend Library Branch in Kirkwood, MO) Now, at first, I had assumed it was because they did not want any evidence of the fact that not a single question was answered.  (There was also a copy of this at the head table where Fahey sat) Upon looking at it a second time, I noticed it said absolutely nothing about cameras.

Enter citizen journalist.  I have known this man for a while, and can attest to the fact that he is a kind and honest man who we will simply call “John”.  He is also an avid Tea Partier  He began snapping photos at this public meeting, and one woman got upset.  He assured her that he would not publish a photo of her since she asked.  He was then asked to leave.  At that moment, I pointed out there is no assumption of privacy in a public forum, and the Supreme Court has upheld this on multiple occasions.

After that, I excused myself briefly to take a call, and returned back to the meeting for the last 5 minutes of meeting time.  Not wanting to distract, I chose to stand along the wall rather than walking back to my seat.  Standing next to the John, who at this point had been accused of not being “real media” because he doesn’t write for the PD, I watched him snap a shot of another man airing a grievance, who at that point turned to the John and shouted “You do not have permission to publish that picture!”

What happened next happened so fast, I hardly had time to react.  I man jumped from his seat and got in between John and myself and began pushing him out of the room as he kept yelling “Get the hell out!”  I told this man to get his hands off of John, to which he responded “He’s pushing me!”

Another, larger man, joined in, opened the door and was trying to pull John out.  This man also pulled out his cellphone and started shoving it in John’s face.  John was now being assaulted by two men.

At this point a third man entered the scene and tried to break up the situation, but the weight of four men pushing against my small frame was pinning me against the wall.  I had nowhere to go.

Finally, the second man went for John’s camera and in a final push, knocked John into me and I was then slammed into the wall, hitting my head and shoulder, and somehow had two men standing on my legs.

Senator McCaskill’s staffers immediately shut down the meeting.  John managed to snap a few more pictures of his assailants as they fled the meeting.

The police were called and reports have been filed.  McCaskill’s office has been instructed to turn over the sign-in list of all attendees at the end of the day and John is sharing photographs with the police so they can identify the assailants.

Honestly, they’re better off turning themselves in, but I won’t hold my breath that THUGS would ever actually do that.

That’s the difference between progressive thugs and true Tea Party Patriots, I can go all day in a meaningful exchange using my wit and words. . .yet, when a progressive doesn’t get their way, they turn to violence.  I personally, feel it is never okay to touch ot hurt another person. . .EVER!  They don’t.

What was all that screaming about “peace” and a “new tone”?  Oh, I forgot, that street only goes one way.

Good news is, I’m okay, and so is John.  But this chicka has had enough excitement for one day.  I’m in no way intimidated, I’m just ready for a coctail.

22 Responses to “Tea Partiers Assaulted at Senator McCaskill’s “Kitchen Table Talk” Townhall Meeting”

  1. 2 Virginia Kruta August 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Next time call me and I’ll go with you!

  2. 3 Marilynn Young August 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Way to go Lady, We could use a few million more like you. Hope you got that drink, you deserve it!!! Keep asking the questions.

  3. 4 auntiefran413n August 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    It will be interesting to see how far this does NOT go since it occurred in St. Louis County — the place where the Ken Gladney trial was held.

  4. 5 The KellyJaye August 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I am so sorry that this happened to “John” and you.
    Hopefully, something good can actually come of this ~ like more people opening their eyes to the way “they” treat those that do not go along.
    From Ohio: http://libertynews.com/2011/08/24/police-officer-illegally-confiscates-cameras-at-congressional-townhall-event/

    FYI – I had read last week or so that our ‘honorable’ {gack} Senator McCaskill was ready to listen at her so called “Kitchen Table Talk” forums. …but they were all to be attended by her ‘staff.’

  5. 6 Stacy September 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I wish I had been there to help! Booo on those thugs for even laying a hand on my tiny patriot friend!

  6. 7 ravenhairedmaid September 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    This McCaskill fiasco proves the cowardly measures our legislators are turning to in order to maintain the control they want over what we see and what we’re told, and to cripple the blogosphere, which is the now the most trustworthy source of information on these puppet shows.

  7. 8 Jeffersonian September 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I’d damn well publish those photos now. Isn’t it ironic how the TP is smeared as “fascist,” yet it’s the Left that regularly deploys the Brownshirt’s tactics?

    • 9 Marcie Landry September 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I would be very suspicious that the men who accosted you and your friend had been sent to the meeting to intimidate anyone who wasn’t in accord with the agenda. We will see more and more of these professional enforcers and agitators as the elections get closer and the politicians who are up for reelection try to hang onto their seats.

  8. 10 april womack September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

    You stated it correctly. This was an OPEN forum, paid for by tax payer dollars, for a tax payer paid and elected senator. You did not pay an admission price, and no promise of security was implied. There is no expectation of privacy at these types of events and no one can prevent you from filming or recording anything, it is not a copyright event! The authorities should have been there to stop these thugs. The sign was only a ‘request’, and if one chose not to comply, that is a personal decision. They were set ups, clearly, and their job was to provoke at all opportunity. I am sure from the descriptions none of these ‘protesters’ were just your average 5’5″ woman, but all big burly guys. Coincidence, I don’t think so.

    • 11 RCReed September 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      Well articulated April. Are you as tired of the guerilla tactics being employed by the left and their idiot leaders as I am? Maybe it is time for US – True Loyal Americans to start a real guerilla movement and rid ourselves of legislators who are not loyal to America and Ameican ideals. November 2012 is coming soon – it is our last chance to save American.

    • 12 Douglas Neeb September 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Just wonder if all of you have the same view when it is the GOP doing the same thing? Somehow I doubt it…

      Cleveland Plain Dealer:
      Video cameras barred from Rep. Jim Renacci’s Sept. 1 town hall meeting: video

      Cincinnati Enquirer:

      Monday night, at a “town hall” meeting in North Avondale featuring U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, video cameras owned by two Democratic activists were seized by a Cincinnati police officer at the direction of Chabot’s staff.

      Further, Chabot’s staff did not direct police to confiscate the video cameras of everyone present. They only worked to confiscate the video cameras of opponents:

      A Chabot spokesman said the had the cameras seized “to protect the privacy of constituents” at the event, although there were at least two media outlets at the North Avondale Recreation Center filming the meeting.

      How is it legal to confiscate recording devices owned by your political opponents at public meetings? The explanation from Chabot’s staff is that if Chabot’s staff thinks you might, maybe, possibly do something they don’t like with the video, then law enforcement can confiscate your camera:

      [Chabot staffer] Schwartz said that sometimes at the town hall meetings, citizens ask questions about their own personal situations and the Chabot staff did not want them videotaped. The media cameras were allowed to continue to roll, Schwartz said, “because they can be expected to respect people’s privacy.”

      As ridiculous and offensive as that argument is, it is actually a cover for the real reason why Chabot’s staff had recording devices seized. Chabot wanted to stop his political opponents from publicizing anything at the town hall that might portray him in a bad light. He even named the specific opponent he had in mind when talking to The Hill:

      Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) faced angry protesters at a town-hall meeting in Avondale, Ohio, on Monday. He said Think Progress, the liberal political advocacy group, organized the protest.

      • 13 The KellyJaye September 5, 2011 at 1:12 am

        Douglas Neeb, is your assumption that “we all” have dual standards?
        Please do not make generalizations. If it is in a public property, in an open meeting, then Chabot is in the wrong as well. Period. End of story.

        I have to say this, though, at least the people and cameraman in the videos you posted were not physically accosted.

      • 14 Daverco September 7, 2011 at 1:17 am

        The Tea Party is not Republican. Freedom is freedom and the law is the law and the Republican congress critters banning cameras are just reprehensible as the Democrats. The Tea Party represents the regular people and not the entrenched political class

  9. 15 ravenhairedmaid September 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I know some folks who are putting together conceal & carry groups, and I think adding self defense training to the mix would be even better, since we’d stand a better chance of diffusing the situation before it came to that.

  10. 16 Doug Neeb September 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I just know that I have not once read a complaint in this forum about GOP legislators who are charging admission prices to their “town halls” or who have confiscated cameras. And, unlike the strident replies here, have not once seen a call to vote out a GOP congressperson who is doing such. And really really not once a single sentence of concern over the same tactics when a union activist, for example, brings a camera to a public meeting.

    • 17 Culpeper September 6, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Good thing I’m anti-establishment too! I’ll call them out whether regardless of political affiliation. I stand for the Constitution. Period.

      Union activists can’t carry cameras with fists. . . Just sayin. Perfect example right here.

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