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Dems try to get tea party banned from meeting for ‘violent tendencies’

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U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Photo Credit John Shinkle

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Democrats in Maryland have taken action to ban a local tea party member from attending a “meet and greet” Monday with Rep. Chris Van Hollen because of “violent tendencies.”

A local blog, Front Line State, reports that law enforcement took action against the tea party group We The People (WTP) after receiving a complaint from Don West, a local Democratic Party official.

While it is not clear if the entire group is targeted, WTP’s Michelle Jefferson said she was told by Tom Long of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department that West called campus security at the venue, Carroll County Community College, the Sheriff’s Department, and the State Police expressing concern about WTP attending the event with their congressman because of their “violent tendencies.”

According to WTP’s web site, Jefferson was served a summons on Friday to appear in court Monday morning to show cause why she should not be barred from attending the meet and greet.

West would later file an interim peace order against Jefferson, claiming to be a victim of harassment. According to Front Line State:

“The alleged harassment consists of identifying Mr. West by name in an email to members of WTP and the following text message from Ms. Jefferson: You’re a weenie & a jackass, Don. My turn!”

In a statement obtained by Breitbart News, Dan Bongino, a former Republican candidate in the state, denounced the tactics in use, claiming the Democrats “are attempting to use law enforcement to intimidate and silence one of my former volunteers and a female Conservative activist in Carroll County, MD.”

A spokeswoman for Van Hollen did not immediately respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment.

Based on a recent Washington Times editorial, Van Hollen is no stranger to tactics of this nature being employed against conservative groups:

Rep. Chris Van Hollen served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for four years. Under his leadership, the committee filed a complaint with the now-infamous Lois Lerner at the IRS […] The complaint was filed against a conservative 501(c)(4) organization called Freedom’s Watch.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the committee’s complaint was followed by the initiation of a futile audit of the organization’s political activity. Then the IRS, in an unprecedented move, audited Freedom’s Watch’s donors as well, only to abandon the audits after they were exposed.

Mr. Van Hollen’s complaint took the form of a letter to Ms. Lerner dated April 29, 2008.

An account that suggests the current IRS scandal did not occur in a vacuum. As for the meet and greet, the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s website encourages you to “drop in to meet Congressman Van Hollen and his staff.” Unless you’re with the tea party.

Tom Tillison

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