November 13th, 2009
08:49 PM ET
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Tea Party organizer vows to burn Pelosi and Perriello in effigy

Pelosi will be burned in effigy at a Tea Party rally in Virginia next week, the event's organizer told CNN.
Pelosi will be burned in effigy at a Tea Party rally in Virginia next week, the event's organizer told CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The organizer of a "Tea Party" protest in Virginia says he intends to move forward with plans to burn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Tom Perriello in effigy next weekend at a rally to protest Democratic health care legislation.

The event is scheduled for next Saturday in Danville, which borders North Carolina and sits at the southern end of Perriello's congressional district. Perriello, a Democrat, narrowly won his House seat in 2008 and is considered a top target of Congressional Republicans in next year's midterm elections.

When news of the rally surfaced Friday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen condemned the plans as "shocking and despicable."

But Nigel Coleman, the organizer of the Tea Party, told CNN he doesn't see what all the fuss is about. The attention, he said, should be on the Democratic plans to overhaul the health care system.

"We're not going to actually set Perriello on fire or Mrs. Pelosi on fire," Coleman said. "But we have been trying to months to get our point across just how vehemently we are opposed to this health care legislation. For the House vote to come so close and to know that Mr. Perriello is on the other side, it's a kick in the stomach that a lot of people couldn't take."

Coleman said none of Perriello's potential Republican challengers have been invited to the event, which he expects will draw about 100 people.

"Something shocking and despicable is how they've handled this health care legislation," Coleman said, responding to Van Hollen's statement. "Going behind closed doors, writing a bill that is going to fundamentally change what America is. More people are going to be killed by this health care legislation than this bonfire."


Filed under: Extra • Nancy Pelosi • Virginia
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    If you can burn a flag, you can burn an effigy...
    Besides, I really think it just goes to show how RIDICULOUS their flailings have become.

    From "thousands" to "Hundreds" to tens of the tea baggers... By all means, let us get video of you so that the "uncommitted" can see themselves, and/or what they are attaching themselves to. Then they hide in shame when they realize how IDIOTIC you/they look.

    November 13, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Oh, for God's sake.

    Will these morons ever grow up?

    I'll say it really slowly, so even the stupidest among you can understand. You lost in 2008. You don't get to make policy. You want to make policy? Start acting like grownups, not 8th graders, and begin to put forth some substantive ideas.

    Jeeez. Whadda buncha maroons.

    November 13, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. mike

    why is this news? Why is CNN giving this legitimacy by having an article on it? This guy is a nut job and his 15 minutes should have been over 14 minutes ago.

    November 13, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Idiots

    If this does not prove what nut cases these Tea baggers are than nothing will. So they actually believe that health care should not improve? They are against insuring people who do not have health insurance? And they feel so strongly about it that they are planning on burning Pelosi and the Congressman in effigy to make their point? Have they no sense of history or context? THESE are the people who are taking over the republican party. THESE are the people who support Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. THESE are the people who are being led by the noses by neocons like Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and Colter. What a truly pathetic group. God help us.

    November 13, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. jeremy

    Really? Really? How does this help the conservative movement? As a conservative, even I am deeply offended at this childish move. It doesn't mean I am going to support Speaker Pelosi, I just won't support the Tea Party either.

    November 13, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. JDK in DSM

    This extremist wing of the right really has no shame. And so many of these people call themselves "moral voters." The trend toward extremism in this country is startling. Actions like this encourage violence, no matter what spin they attempt to put on it. They have the constitutional right to do it, yes, but they lack the decency and to see that their actions are stoking the fires of intolerance, ignorance, and hatred. If they disagree with the legislation, by all means, shout it from the rooftops. But these kinds of acts are irresponsible and do not exhibit any real love of country that I can see.

    November 13, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Joe User

    So does that mean democrats can burn an effigy of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck?

    November 13, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Adam from Ohio

    Well, that's just .... nice. What a bunch of children.

    November 13, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Really, your argument against the health care bill is "more people are going to get killed"? Why, because we are covering more Americans? Is it going to "fundamentally change" what America is? I have insurance right now. It's not changing. How is America changing? Is it for the better because we are not allowing fellow citizens to die without coverage? There are some reasons not to like the bill, please take the time to come up with an intelligent reason.

    November 13, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Why do CNN and the Democrats pay so much attention to fringe nutjobs? Even Michael Moore doesn't get this much attention from Fox and the Republicans.

    November 13, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. Kevin

    I would forgo the histrionics. It looks absurd when the middle easterners do it and it will look equally absurd when americans do it (burning anything in effigy). Pelosi is like Obama, let her keep running her mouth and she'll be her own worst enemy when it's all said and done. No one can do more damage to these people than they can and are doing to themselves.

    November 13, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Gilbert Lucero

    Mr. Coleman, The reason the Democrats are going forth with health care reform is that was what they campaigned on during the last election. And guess what, they won the elections.
    Unlike the repuplicans who always said we'll cut taxes and spending, then only do part of the job. The democrats are delivering what they promised.
    It's unfortunate that you can't lose graciously. Your party had 8 years to do this and didn't do a thing. The medical prescription plan that you passed is terrible. The country is in a financial mess due to policies that conservatives instituted in most states that leave them helpless in the current crisis (think prop 13 in Califonia).
    Healthcare will pass and when the conservatives get back in power, they will gut it, so stop worrying. You're premiums will then go up and your coverage will again be cut to almost nothing and you can be happy that healthcare was finally defeated.

    November 13, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. GG

    Tea Does not represent America, they don't represent millions of people in a need of a better healthcare system. They are working for the insurance companies. Send TEA To Hell ....

    November 13, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. Gobo

    "People are going to be killed by this health care legislation". That's a fearmongering, foolish, irresponsible and incorrect statement, Mr Coleman. You should be ashamed.

    November 13, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Strider

    I'll bet you most of those teabaggers aren't even aware that they got a tax break from the current administration. What a bunch of lemmings.

    November 13, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. demsrulz

    What is wrong with these people... My god... Lmao... Can you say freaks!

    November 13, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. curtis schmidt

    Why do you even give coverage to such incidents? These are merely individuals seeking attention- they realize the more wild their actions, the more coverage they get. Why give them fuel?

    November 13, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. Carole

    These teabaggers are TERRORISTS!

    Sick, really sickos. I like how four of them needed to get emergency help by the Capitol Medics when they were teabagging with Captain Crazy, Michelle Bachman.

    November 13, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. Jon

    Wow.. this is really strange... they are acting like the crazy muslims they hate so much.

    November 13, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. just bob

    I don't recall the former administration listening when there were protests against a war with Iraq. I also don't remember anyone ever burning anyone in effigy either.

    November 13, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. DallaMarine

    Really? No wonder people from other countries see Americans as KKK members or Bush lackies. What a joke.

    November 13, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. Sandra

    You and your tea-party partners in crime are so absolutely crazy!!!! I am a working person, so I unfortunately cannot devote more time to go out in the streets to oppose your movement!!!!!!! it is time to make this world a better place... a world where misery and poverty are shameful, and a society that praises itself of being civilized have to address issues such as poverty, education, and universal health care, instead of ignoring it, as the previous republican administrations have. I am not a US citizen... yet, but as soon as I get my citizenship in 1.5 years I swear.... You right wingers won't ever get any support from me!

    November 13, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. Doug

    oh dear, what a mess!

    November 13, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Inga

    Nancy Pelosi pay no attention to those who can destroy the body but cannot destroy the soul>

    November 13, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. cats

    It's time to dust off the laws dealing with anarchists and traitors. Our elected officials were chosen by the majority to lead our country. These forms of third world displays by sore losers are attempts to revolt against established law in our country. That is anarchy and should be punishable in court as such.

    November 13, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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