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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Move your office so we can protest!


Somehow, I can't see Congressman Perriello being in a hurry to deal with this:
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Tea Partyers petition Dem lawmaker to move office to make protests earier


By Jordan Fabian - 12/11/09 12:06 PM ET
A Christian civil liberties organization on Thursday asked centrist Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello (D) to move his home district office to a location more favorable to protesters.

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. ...
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/71847-tea-partyers-petition-dem-lawmaker-to-move-office-to-ease-protests
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But I'm not familiar with the location of the office, so they may have a point. This goes beyond the fact that I don't politically agree with the teabaggers.  There are basic constitutional rights here: the right of this valid political group to protest, the rights of the private businesses located near the Congressman's office to some peace and quiet and customer parking (which is why the teabaggers are restricted from protesting in the parking lot).
If we let Congressmen locate their offices in places where public protest is very, very difficult then they all will locate their offices in places where public protest is very, very difficult. Wouldn't you?  But we wouldn't be a better country for it.