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Maryland Democrats Use Law Enforcement to Block Tea Party from Public Event

From FrontlineState:

Carroll County Maryland Democrats have reportedly attempted to use the Sheriff’s department to keep members of a local Tea Party activist group from attending a “meet and greet” with their congressional representative, Chris Van Hollen, on Monday June 24 at Carroll County Community College (CCCC).

Jefferson says that upon returning from the Audit The IRS rally in Washington on Wednesday she spoke with Major Tom Long of the Carroll Count Sheriff’s Department. She learned that Don West, the recording secretary for the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, had called CCCC campus security, the county Sheriff’s Department, and the State Police expressing concern about WTP attending the event with their congressman because of their “violent tendencies.”Michelle Jefferson of We The People (WTP) Carroll County had sent out an email to her group encouraging them to give Congressman Van Hollen a “WTP greeting” at the event.

Since its inception, the Tea Party, a loose affiliation of groups promoting Constitutionally limited government, has been peppered with unsubstantiated accusations of violence and racism, so Mr. West’s behavior should be recognized by many as standard operating procedure.

It seems plausible that West was also encouraged by Washington Democrats’ brazen use of the IRS to target political opponents–a practice that Congressman Van Hollen is himself known to use.

The meet and greet with Congressman Van Hollen is scheduled for Monday, June 24 at 5pm at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Building K, Conference Room, Westminster, MD. The Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s website encourages you to “Drop in to meet Congressman Van Hollen and his staff.”

It would seem that Mr. West has filed an interim peace order against Ms. Jefferson, claiming that she has engaged in harassment. The alleged harassment consists of identifying Mr. West by name in an email to members of WTP and the following text message from Ms. Jefferson:

You’re a weenie & a jackass, Don. My turn!


Mark Newgent

Mark Newgent is a contributing editor to Red Maryland, the premiere blog of conservative politics in the Free State, voted one of the best state political blogs by the Washington Post two years in a row. Mark hosts The Broadside radio program, heard live on the Red Maryland Network every Monday night at 8pm. Mark has served as a fellow for the American Tradition Institute and Climate Strategies Watch researching climate and renewable energy policies in the states. Mark’s writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner, National Review Online, and newspapers throughout the country. Mark is a frequent guest on Baltimore’s WBAL AM 1090

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