November 2, 2006

Maybe we need to bring the troops home so that they can fight for freedom at George Allen's campaign events.

Mike Stark asked Sen. George "Macaca" Allen some uncomfortable questions at a campaign event. For this he was shoved, put in a head lock, and thrown against a plate glass door and knocked to the floor.

He's not happy and will be suing Allen and his henchmen.

From his statement to local press:
George Allen defends his support of the Iraq war by saying that our troops are defending the ideals America stands for. Indeed, he says our troops are defending our very freedom. What kind of country is it when a Senator's constituent is assaulted for asking difficult and uncomfortable questions? What freedoms do we have left? Maybe we need to bring the troops home so that they can fight for freedom at George Allen's campaign events. Demanding accountability should not be an offense worthy of assault.

I will be pressing charges against George Allen and his surrogates later today. George Allen, at any time, could have stopped the fray. All he had to do was say, "This is not how my campaign is run. Take your hands off that man." He could have ignored my questions. Instead he and his thugs chose violence. I spent four years in the Marine Corps. I'll be damned if I'll let my country be taken from me by thugs that are afraid of taking responsibility for themselves.

It just isn't the America I know and love. Somebody needs to take a stand against those that would bully and intimidate their fellow citizens. That stand begins right here, right now.

Watch democracy in action here.


At 11/02/2006 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's classic. How difficult would it have been to shield Allen instead of tackling the guy? It looked like Stark was walking up fast and shouting a question, that's it. It's not like he was in a bar taunting a 300 pound drunk guy after winning a dart game.

You won't see anything on Allen's website, but the word "from the front" in southeastern Virgina is that Allen's campaign ads are blitzing the TV. The latest are twisting his anti-union views and blaming Webb for not supporting. He probably gets away with it there, because union labor is evaporating with the closure of the Norfolk Ford truck plant and the economy is largely defense and finance focused. I suspect that media markets areound the state are all getting blitzed with specifically targeted ads based on regional demographics. His northern Virginia ads probably have him driving a Volvo and drinking Starbucks.

I got a chuckle from Allen's campaign site. He's devoted an entire page to the incident. He labels Mike Stark as a "Liberal Blogger" among other bad names. Wooooooo! Hitting a little close to home there. Here's Mike Stark's blog.


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