August 1, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
Corporate astroturf outfits are organizing violent "Tea Party" disruptions of Congressional Town Hall meetings this summer.
The lobbyist-run groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which orchestrated the anti-Obama tea parties earlier this year, are now pursuing an aggressive strategy to create an image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform. A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress:They are organizing people TO DISRUPT the meetings with members of Congress. This is beyond dangerous.
"Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep’s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early.”
– Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions.”
Interestingly the memo closely resembles talking points distributed by a different corporate astroturf group, Freedomworks.
Posted by Dave Johnson at August 1, 2009 9:24 AM
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