November 14th, 2009
11:28 AM 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: Nancy Pelosi • Virginia
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. David Wallace

    I don't know which is worse – these disgustingly selfish "teabaggers" who conveniently continue to disregard that voters in this country resoundingly voted for reform last year, or the media who continue to promote their "agenda." CNN = FOX more and more each day. Sad.

    November 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Burn baby burn. Since the government cannot afford to pay for the uninsured or illegals anymore they will raise preimums on those that have insurance. If you think it will only be the rich paying - america better wake up.

    November 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Yep

    Classy.

    November 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Ken Williams

    As funny as this is and as incompetent as these two are it doesn't help and only fuels the opinion that anyone who disagrees with Obama is a wacko.

    November 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. chris

    where do these people get this stuff??? REALLY??? they sign the bill, and suddenly bodies start dropping like flies? i think the truth is, these tea baggers do it for the attention. they like to be part of a big crowd. its like driving to Walmart...

    November 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. The teabaggers don't own America

    These people have the unmitigated gall to think they are the majority,
    and speak for what the rest of the American people want. The
    healthcare legislation passed in the house and it WILL pass in the
    Senate. So "let them rant on so men know they're mad".

    (I just hope its not too windy when they pour gasoline on the rags that
    they hold up in front of their faces and light.)

    November 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Adam

    Burning stuff is the worst way to get your point across. This does nothing but hurt their creditblity and push them further into Wack-a-loon status.

    November 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Chris

    Once again the Right Wingers seek to drag politcal discourse in this country down into the muck. They are completely bereft of maturity, reason, and basic civility. Their idea of political discourse is to keep screaming "I'm angry!" louder and louder while refusing to listen to anyone except those who already agree with them.

    I wonder what is next for these "patriots"? A shooting gallery where they can take turns firing rifles at cardboard cut out targets of the President?

    November 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Bob Baxter

    Another clueless tea party person going over the deep end!

    November 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Dave Moran

    "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."

    ARE YOU SERIOUS!??? You are a misinformed, senseless, ignorant demagogue!

    It's amazing that you organize against giving people health care, a fundamental right, but you didn't give a crap when President Bush initiated a pre-emptive war, tried to alter the Constitution to discriminate against gay rights, pulled out of the Kyoto Treaty on air pollution controls, and the list goes on...I fully support President Obama and the Congress in their efforts to overhaul health care. They are actually doing things for the people, not the rich or the Christian right or big business. It's long over-due since Harry Truman first attempted to give Americans equal access over 60 years ago..

    November 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Ted

    I don't understand the actions of the Republican Party. They are acting like savages. After 49 years I am becoming an Independant/ Democrat

    November 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. victim of republican greed

    We have Glenn Beck and Fox to thank for the moronic behavior of this tea bagger.

    November 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Mike

    So, let me see if I can sum this up: a non-Democrat is going to use the tactics of the Democrats - burning people in effigy - against them. Fact: Repubs tried to call the various Bush and Cheney effigy-burnings "dispicable" and the Left called them right and good and Nancy Pelosi said that those tactics were "her kind of disruption". It is always fun to see the glaring hypocrisy of the Left, best exposed when using their own tactics against them.
    The dems, who have championed protestors over the past eight years who have, among other things, called for the murder of the sitting vice-president; the rape of the first lady; physically assaulted people for walking near where the protestors were; destroyed private property during their protests; invaded churches during ceremonies; and worse - they have ZERO credibility, after the past eight years of encouraging and using protestors who did the list of things above (don't believe it? Look it up - proof is all over the place, from video to police reports), to talk about how "despicable" something is.

    November 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. matt; honestly

    Wow. Y'all aren't going to win support acting crazy.

    November 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Gretchen

    Burning someone in effigy while they are alive is the same as lynching. These "tea party" nutballs need to disband. If THEY don't like the way things are done, then let them run for office.

    November 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Independent

    The tea baggers remind me of the 60s when they hung black people. It's not the tailban we should be worried about it's the radical wingnuts right here in the US

    November 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Carol

    When will the conservative Republicans stop throwing temper tantrums, and calling it Tea Parties?

    November 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. ja

    where were the tea party eight years ago, in exile

    November 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. victim of republican greed

    Wasn't the unibomber a tea bagger too?

    November 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. kevin

    yeah Nancy is on her way out. Truly i don't believe she is sane. this health care bill is silly and stupid. all that while barack is over there bowing to the japanese, his approval ratings, haaa, his latest poll has him at a 54% approve rating, and thats the highest in many polls. These dems are so so out of touch, and could care less about the american people. Its all about them, them them. Their agenda. hey, 2012 is soon to be here.

    November 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Bernardo

    i really think these idiots going to the tea parties should burn Bush instead who is the person that really got us in this economical mess
    and I suggest they should travel to nations with a public health care and they could see it works better than the rotten system we have now

    November 14, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. carlos, THAT one

    Tea Party = Totally Putrid

    November 14, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    And what is their point? That they are speaking out on behalf of the insurance companies? The same companies that have us by the throats? (We can't even protest by canceling coverage for a couple of months because some of us won't be insured ever again.) The same companies that decide if we live or if we die? I don't understand the protest. Something needs to be done to stop the insurance companies. They make obscene profits by offering crappy products. Why are we supposed to let this continue, according to the tea baggers? We're spending too much money? What about $1.4T tax cuts for the rich? What about needless wars? What about obscene war profiteering by the likes of Blackwater (Xe?) and Haliburton, while offering substandard services? Where were these guys when Bush was lying to us about war, and was torturing people so they would see things his way?

    But try to change health care, and suddenly these people are pissed off? Don't they know they would benefit if we could get honest to goodness decent reform, possibly Medicare for all? (Weren't they the ones screaming don't touch my Medicare – a government run program.) What is with these people? Now they're mad. Isn't it too little too late? We've already been screwed every which way possible by Republican ideals and their enablers on Wall Street. Don't they see that? Yet they want to give them more? I'm confused.

    November 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Will they be giving out free Congresswoman Michele Bachmann blow up dolls ?

    November 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Tylerkad

    The tea party is the repugant and ignorant sect of our society. They have always been there but now Fox has given these anti-American zealots a stage.
    They deserve your attention as much as Charles Manson does.
    Their fifteen minutes are up so they need to burn an effigy and become crazier than they are.

    November 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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