It's come to light that at the recent Social Security rally in Colorado, three people who'd received tickets through the proper channels were forcibly ejected from the rally because the car they arrived in had a bumper sticker on it that read "No More Blood for Oil." Their story can be found here. The AP covered the same rally and told roughly the same story. It can be found here.
A few things that need to be pointed out on this.
- It was a tax-payer funded public event.
- The Secret Service was not involved in the forcible ejection of these three (although the three were ejected on "security" grounds).
- According to their account, The Secret Service made it clear that it was a Republican staffer who did the ejecting - not the Secret Service.
- The three people who were ejected did nothing wrong - except arrive in a car with a bumper sticker the President's supporters wouldn't like.
At your rally last week (the tickets were available through your office so I think it's safe to say that it was your rally) were there similar teams of "Republican staffers" checking on the bumper stickers of the people arriving? Was there any "Republican staffer" who was given the authority to forcibly eject someone from that rally who happened to arrive in a car that had a bumper sticker that offended you or the local Republican party?
Please, let us know. We're Citizens of the United States of America and you are an elected official in the House of Representatives of the United States of America. We have a right to know whether you or your staff were involved in any strong arm tactics or tax supported propaganda.