Monday evening at Fitchburg State University the three candidates running for Mayor of Fitchburg Massachusetts gathered for a candidates forum. For just over two hours Mayor Lisa Wong (D), Ward 5 Counselor Joseph Solomito (D) and independent Kevin Lynch made their case to the crowd of 120 citizens in attendance.
Candidates were allotted a block of time split between their statement and questions taken from the crowd via volunteers with mikes in the audience.. Both the college and local cable networks covered the event, as did the local paper. Many vital local issues from crime to street lights to the current police contract where discussed. All in all it was an important but totally unremarkable bit of civic activity. Nothing you might not see in any city in the nation.
. …except it was, if Vice President Joe Biden and representative Andre Carson (D-IN) are to be believed hosted by a group of Terrorists who would love to see black Americans “hanging from a tree”.
Yes it was a tea party group, specifically the Twin City Tea Party that hosted the event. Its president Justin Brooks rather than having the normal monthly meeting invited the mayoral candidates to have the floor and present themselves to the voters they hoped to represent.
Maxine “The Tea Party can go to hell” Waters (D-CA) would have been amazed at the courtesy shown to the predominately democratic candidates particularly Mayor Wong an Asian female!, Vice president Biden would be shocked to learn no bombs were planted and Rep Carson would be beside himself to find that all the black and Hispanic citizens who attended left unharmed and unhung,
Meanwhile a “Kitchen Table Talk held today at Oak Bend branch of the St. Louis Public library and hosted by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) ended quite differently. Not only were no questions answered but the event had to be closed down and police called when a Tea party member was assaulted and a 2nd injured by two men in the crowd for taking pictures of a public event in a public building hosted by a public figure.
It would appear perhaps the Democratic Party rather than attacking the Tea party as violent racists and bigots might instead consider having Senator McCaskill’s staff give Mr. Brooks a call. Perhaps he can give them a lesson from the tea party on how to run a civic event that’s civil as well.