- Local Tea Party organizer Eric Gerrittson slams Representative Tom Periello of Virginia for "attempting to silence American voices."
Along with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Energy Secretary Tom Vilsack, Congressman Periello was discussing "Cap & Trade" and fielding questions at an event on Saturday night in Danville, Virginia, which was attended by African-American local Tea Party activist Nigel Coleman and six others. The Campus Conservative reports
that the Tea Party activists were not given an opportunity to ask questions and that when they went to their car to retrieve their signs, they were escorted off the premises by armed Danville Sheriff's deputies. After being forced to leave, the activists were tailed by an unmarked police car.
"This is outrageous. These are Gestapo tactics," said Eric Gerrittson. "Are we still living in America? I thought dissenting voices were a form of patriotism."
Gerrittson has recently been in the news
for his submission of six hundred Alabamian signatures which petitioned Congressman Bobby Bright to vote against socialized medicine.
"I don't know how Bobby Bright will vote," said Gerrittson. "We hope he votes against socialized medicine, but at least he's willing to listen to opposing viewpoints. Apparently, freedom of speech isn't very important to Congressman Periello. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Coleman and the people of Virginia."Originally posted at Alabama News Platoon