The Hagerstown Herald-Mail has the story today in its print edition, but I see there is more to it earlier in the week on-line.
Honestly, I have never been to a Tea Party meeting where anyone of any political persuasion was asked to leave due to their political party, so this really strikes me as very telling about the Democrat Party mindset.
And to top it off, in this case, the “public meeting” was held in the Jefferson County Commissioners’ offices. Looks like if the Dems want secret strategy meetings they better find someone’s private home or meeting room.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The reasons why 13 members of the local tea party attended an Oct. 24 Democratic strategy session on the promotion and election of candidates depends on which side of the political arena one sits.
The Democrats were there for their monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Democratic Association, an affiliate of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.
The workshop was organized by Del. Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson.
Patricia Rucker, president of We the People of West Virginia-Jefferson County, the local tea party affiliate, said her members were interested in the workshop’s topic, Running for Office: Learn the Basics About How to Run for Office, that showed up on the association’s website.
“We assumed it was a public meeting because it was held in the public meeting room,” Rucker said Friday in an interview at her home outside Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
“That’s what we do when we have our workshops. They’re open to anyone. We wanted to compare their workshop with those that we do,” she said.
Skinner said the tea party members were told to leave the room.
“We did so immediately,” Rucker said.
The tea party members insist they had a right to be at the meeting because it was held in a public meeting space, in the room where the Jefferson County Commissioners gather.
According to a copy Rucker supplied of the county commission’s written policy on use of the room, “all meetings shall be open to the public.”
Commissioner Walter Pellish, a Republican, agrees.
“This is not a Republican or Democrat thing. That meeting should have been open. It was a public meeting. We’re taking this up at our next meeting,” Pellish said.
Rucker and her supporters went before the commissioners Thursday to complain about being evicted.
Readers, don’t believe the mainstream media’s premature obituaries for the Tea Party—it’s still kicking in places like Jefferson County, WV. 2014 is just around the corner! Check out their ‘We the People’ website, here.