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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-07-09 11:59 PM
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Tea Party/GOP operatives Accusing SEIU of "hate crime carried out by racist union thugs."
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Kenneth Gladney is alleging he was attacked by SEIU members at a Health Care Town Hall Meeting in St. Louis.

Here's the video (sorry about all the rightwingnut links): http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/08/tea-party-pro...

He and his attorney are interviewed on Faux Noos today: http://www.dakotavoice.com/2009/08/interview-with-kenne...


Here's the letter his attorney wrote:


August 7, 2009

Dear Mr. Hennessy:

I am Kenneth Gladney's attorney. Kenneth was attacked on the evening of August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan's town hall meeting in South St. Louis County. I was at the town hall meeting as well and witnessed the events leading up to the attack of Kenneth. Kenneth was approached by an SEIU representative as Kenneth was handing out Don't Tread on Me flags to other conservatives. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth, then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were wearing T-shirts with the SEIU logo.

Kenneth was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot; three others were arrested. Kenneth was admitted to St. John's Mercy Medical Center emergency room, where he was treated for his numerous injuries. Kenneth was merely expressing his freedom of speech by handing out the flags. In fact, he merely asked people as they exited the town hall meeting whether they would like a flag. He in no way provoked any argument or altercation, as evidenced by the fact that three assailants were arrested.

We hope that Kenneth fully recovers from his injuries; however, he is in great pain at this time. We will be pursuing legal action at our discretion. This was a truly senseless hate crime carried out by racist union thugs. Regretfully, Representative Carnahan's statements blaming Kenneth for being a disruptive force are wholly untrue and slanderous. We would like to think that an elected official in Representative Carnahan's position would gather accurate information before carelessly rushing to judgment.

Kenneth supports conservative ideals, although he subscribes to no particular political party. We are calling on the SEIU, Representative Carnahan, and President Obama to condemn the racist actions of these union thugs. In the days to come, we will be investigating whether these thugs are working at the behest of Representative Carnahan and how strong their alliances to various organizationssuch as ACORNmay be.

We hope the St. Louis Tea Party and tea party organizations around the country will protest Representative Carnahan's offices and also protest SEIU offices in every major city across the U.S. These Democratic strong-arm tactics must end now.

Regards,

Attorney David B. Brown




Listen to all the ACORN references on this clip: http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/08/shock-video-d...

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Rincewind Donating Member (682 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:13 AM
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1. Couldn't leave out ACORN could he?
And "subscribes to no particular political party" means that he is ashamed to tell every one that he's a republican.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 04:16 PM
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2. They tie EVERYTHING to ACORN
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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 04:34 PM
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3. I have a hard time buying this
If you have really been assaulted, you don't hire lawyers to put out statements with a political tilt. It just seems like a stunt to me.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:07 PM
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4. I'm curious how it will be played out, as well
time will tell
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