One cannot help but wonder.
Freshman Congressman Tom Perriello is a Democrat. His district is mostly central Virginia and includes Charlottesville and Danville. This is not the Blue part of Virginia; it leans Red. There are those who would like to send Rep. Perriello home.
As is customary, the congressman has district offices. He has one in Charlottesville, VA. And as often happens, the office is in an area shared with other businesses. They share a common parking lot.
These other businesses have the temerity to insist that the parking lot be used for its intended purpose: parking for staff and customers. Imagine the nerve! Unfortunately (?!?!) this makes it difficult for Tea Baggers and other right-wing activists to host events in the parking lot.
From a post by Washington Monthly’s Steve Bennen:
The Rutherford Institute, which was founded by conservative constitutional lawyer John W. Whitehead, penned a letter to the freshman Perriello citing the concerns of a local tea party group and the University of Virginia College Republicans that the location of his Charlottesville office interferes with their right to protest there.
“Unfortunately, it is your choice of office location that has hindered the ability of citizens to effectively communicate concerning issues of the utmost importance to you, Congress and the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” wrote Whitehead.
“The First Amendment clearly guarantees individuals the right to speak out publicly and address their government representatives on the important issues of the day,” Whitehead added.
And so, the Rutherford Institute is asking Perriello to move his district office in order to make it easier for people to scream at him.
Ya gotta love it.
Somehow I donâ€™t think heâ€™ll be moving, even if the Tea Baggers were to overlook the wasted taxpayer money to cover the costs.
(Heavily lifted from a post by Steve Bennen at Washington Monthly.)