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It happened Wednesday night at the beginning of a debate between Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean, GOP challenger Joe Walsh and Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer.
The debate for Illinois 8th congressional district took place at Grayslake Central High School. While League of Women Voters moderator Kathy Tate-Bradish began explaining the rules of the debate an audience member raised his hand and (when called upon) asked if they were going to start with the Pledge of Allegiance. When she said no, the audience booed and almost all in the crowd of more than 300 stood and enthusiastically recited it anyway.
Tate-Bradish, who joined in the pledge, issued a scolding when the crowd finished saying they are not allowed to disrespect her.
Ms Tate-Bradish took offense to the move and blamed it on the GOP candidate.
What seemed like a unanimous spontaneous show of Patriotism, gave Ms Tate-Bradish an opportunity to criticize the GOP Candidate in the press, saying that it was all the fault of the unruly republicans, the Executive director of the group echoed her sentiments. What the press didn’t report that both the moderator and the Executive Director have been very active in the progressive movement.
Ms Tate-Bradish, the moderator was very involved in the Illinois effort to make Barak Obama president, she even hosted campaign events for Obama in her own home.
Illinois League of Women Voters Executive Director Jan Czarnik said what happened at the debate and subsequent criticism directed at moderator Kathy Tate-Bradish was an attempt by supporters of Republican candidate Joe Walsh and tea party members to bully the organization.
By all of the press reports almost all of the crowd stood up to cite the pledge, so is Czarnik saying that Democrats don’t believe in reciting the pledge?
I am sure her criticism of Republicans and the Tea Party had absolutely nothing to do with the Fact she used to work for progressive mainstays such as ACORN’s Project Vote, and the Progressive People for the American Way. Below is the notice of Ms Czarnik’s hiring by the League.
“It’s a phony patriotism issue is what it is,” she said. “They must think it helps their campaign.”
Walsh campaign manager Nick Provenzano said he still did not understand why Tate-Bradish did not appear to welcome the Pledge of Allegiance suggestion. He said it was spontaneous and not orchestrated by Walsh’s campaign.
“That neutral stance (by Tate-Bradish) toward the Pledge of Allegiance is troublesome,” he said.
…Island Lake resident Joseph Ptak, a Walsh supporter, claimed Friday he asked for the pledge at the debate. Provenzano said he was not certain who made the request.
Ptak, 58, a U.S. Air Force veteran, said the pledge was a proper way to begin the event that was in a high school and had student participation. He said many veterans were in the audience, and he objects to Czarnik questioning the request’s sincerity.
“I’m a Joe Walsh supporter, but first and foremost I’m an American,” Ptak said.
According to its website, the mission of the Illinois League of Woman Voters says that it is supposed to be non-partisan:
The League takes positions on issues, but neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate (appointed or elected) for public office.
Judging by their backgrounds and their reaction to a spontaneous public display of patriotism, neither Jan Czarnik nor Kathy Tate-Bradish fit a reasonable definition of non-partisan.
The same SEIU offshoot group that is accused of turning in thousands of bogus voter registrations in Arizona has come under fire in Colorado. Mi Familia Vota is accused of turning in 6,000 bogus voter registrations in Colorado. The Denver Post reported:
A federal judge declined to force the secretary of state to reactivate approximately 6,000 new voters whose registrations were canceled.
In an interview with Al Hunt of Bloomberg News scheduled to be shown Friday night, Vice President Biden commented on the need for disclosure when corporate interests contribute to political groups.
“I was amazed at the amount of money, this $200 billion of money that is – where there’s no accountability,” he said. “When I say accountability, we don’t know where it’s coming from. There’s no disclosure.”
Challenger Art Robinson has pushed the “Little Emperor” farther than anyone ever has before and Peter DeFazio is both worried and angry.
Apparently he took that anger to the Chamber of Commerce in Roseburg, Oregon and made sure that Robinson supporters weren’t able to take part in a campaign event. DeFazio and the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce refused to allow about 300 people into the room.
A Louisville police detective’s job is on the line for having tipped off Jack Conway’s brother regarding an ongoing investigation into Matthew Conway’s alleged drug dealing.
But now it appears that Jack Conway – the Democrat attorney general of Kentucky who is running for U.S. Senate – himself was sending messages to the detective raising new questions about obstruction of justice.
Police say that 21 people have died after a bus collided with a truck carrying fuel in northern Uganda.
Nwoya district police commander Moses Okello said Sunday that the accident took place in his district nearly 186 miles from Kampala. He said that 17 people died at the sight of the accident, four died in the hospital and 12 have been admitted to the Nwoya hospital in serious condition.
While in India, it’s being reported that Michelle “my sneakers could feed your family for a year” Obama will meet with representatives from a certain area of that country’s economy:
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be extremely busy in Mumbai… Adding to the Obamas’ busy schedule is Michelle’s likely visit to Kamathipura, where she will meet commercial sex workers.
Only 39 percent of Americans now believe President Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, according to a Gallup poll conducted Oct. 14-17. That is a steep decline from the 48 percent who told Gallup he deserved reelection in a survey conducted in mid-June.
In the Oct. 14-17 poll, a majority of Americans – 54 percent – told Gallup that Obama does not deserve to be re-elected.