Aw, Hell. . .
Dems Assault Obamacare Opponents at Tampa Bay Town Hall
by Connie Hair
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other hard left organizations have been summoned by the White House to “Astroturf” the health care debate at Congressional town hall forums around the country. Caught flat-footed by the overwhelming grassroots opposition to Obamacare, the President called on his hired guns to construct a façade of support for his government takeover of health care.
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) set up a last-minute town hall meeting in the Tampa Bay area last night in conjunction with the SEIU. Democrats again underestimated the broad scope of opposition to ObamaCare. As word of the covert town hall began to spread midday on Twitter, a HUMAN EVENTS sister site, RedState.com, put out a notice of the town hall on its front page calendar, garnering a Red State shout out from Rush Limbaugh himself.
Castor and the SEIU had expected to stage the 250-seat event with support for the cameras, but police estimate over 1,500 people showed up for the event -- the overwhelming majority opposing Obamacare. A testy Castor gave a short speech and left in frustration when booing drowned out the manufactured applause. Castor slipped in and out a back door, not mingling with constituents, when her faux-support-pep-rally-photo-op scheme was blown out of the water.
As is usually the case when Democrat special interests supply a rent-a-mob, there were instances of assault on Obamacare opponents at the event. One of the assaults came from a local Democrat official, Karen Miracle. She physically assaulted Barry Osteen, a local man in the crowd, who was in a debate over healthcare with her husband. You can see the attack in a sequence of photos in the Tampa Bay newspaper here.
One local man, Randy Arthur, told police of being slammed against a wall by thugs at the door when he and his wife tried to enter the facility. Arthur suffered minor injuries to his chest and a ripped shirt.
Now that frustrated Democrats are resorting to physical intimidation to silence opposition at the town halls, anyone attending these events should bring along a video or still camera. The best way to neutralize thugs wishing to strip you of your First Amendment right to political free speech at an open forum with your elected representative is to point a camera at them at all times.