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."
As a conservative I believe we are going way too fast. No more voting for women and minorities! We shouldn't vote for them or allow those suckers to vote.
Mean spirited people that hold back any civility in politics or anything else.
It is this kind of nonsense that keeps us from making progress in this country...
Great, can the GOP get any better? Can't wait to see this on fox.
I hope they are careful so the botox doesn't explode and cause harm to anyone.
Why waste the lighter fluid.They've already burned themselves.I wonder if this administration will do anything that people in this country actually want.
Americans should be happy to be slave to the goverment.
Typical socialists. They demand services like roads, water, schools, medicare, but they don't want to pay for it.
What a joke these people are. Spre losers!!!
i'm a conservative and i know we have better ideas thank those of the liberals who are running things right now. i think engaging in stunts like this only reduces our message to the level of a cartoon. we have the facts on our side. we are truthful and right and we will win. we don't need gimmicks or distractions. keep on fighting the good fight but please don't do this.
Nancy Pelosi is my hero. The Tea Party and the Party of No are also the anti women. They seem to be the anti black and anti hispanic Party. I know were they are coming from and I want no part of it. They
are afraid of strong women and that's too bad. When you see the report of "The Warning" in PBS, you are reminded of the power of strong and honest women. Thank God for the great women that are ready to defend this country.
Okay, I'll try again, even though CNN keeps moderating me out.
The Tea Party's decision to do this just shows the sentiment of the country regarding their outrage about the Socialistic government takeover that is in progress.
BTW do a search on "blinded prison guard Louis Pepe" and you will see that Obama is not fulfilling his sworn duty to protect U.S.citizens.
Ehh, urning effigy is nothing new. Islamic extremists and terrorists have been doing that for years.
Visions of the KKK? I don't believe "shocking" and "despicable" are strong enough words to describe such action. Sounds like home-grown terrorism to me!
Burning elected leaders in effigy, huh? Doesn't see anything wrong with it? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???????? Great. The tea baggers are taking a page out of Iran book of public demonstrations. What a bunch of buffoons.
I beg to disagree with Mr. Coleman's assessment. Many, many, many of us support health care reform and you do not see supporters of this legislation burning GOP or DEM members who disagree in effigy. You can protest all you wish, I have no problem with civil protest, but all this does is again remind us that the other side continues to just say no to say no!
NO ONE IS GOING TO BE KILLED BY THIS HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION!
R.I.P. America. Teabaged to death by crazy religious wankers.
This is nice, eh?
Is it just me or does it seem that the two ruling parties can't amicably disagree? The decent from disagreement to blatant displays of HATE seems to be led by the people who cannot express themselves intellegently and we show the world how much we HATE each other, show them that its OK to hate us too. I'm no Pelosi fan, nor am I a fan of the proposed health care plan, but I am disgusted by some peoples solution to a good idea (health care for all), namely effigy burning instead of intellegent dialogue.
Great idea Nigel. If this doesn't get your point across maybe a good old fashioned lynching will do the Republican party some good. Keep spreading your message of HATE and I'm sure everyone will happily join the party.
Lets burn your effigy, Nigel, along with your wife and kids and see how you feel about your own suggestion. Or perhaps you could find a way to express yourself without the suggestion of hate and violence that effigy burning arouses and helps to glamorize your beloved Republican party.
100 people? There's something like 40 million without health insurance.
Congrats America...you now have your own Taliban LOL LOL.....if this was a group of muslims in Iraq or Iran burning an effigy of Bush, these same people would be wanting to go and bomb them. LOL LOL LOL
THe Republicans have become the party of right wing wacko doodles!!! LOL LOL LOL
What is shocking and despicable is the "Tea Party" hatred and unwillingness to accept the outcome of a democratic process. Just look at the polls; most Americans support this health care legislation. What has fundamentally changed this country is the political divisiveness and hostility that borders on violence. (And no, I am not blaming this entirely on conservatives.) We are not the "United" States anymore but rather a collection of warring factions...and I have no hope that this situation will ever change. The sad truth is that the issues that divide us the most are ones with little room for compromise.
That's unfortunate, no need to do it in effigy.
Now I've heard it all – is this America or some third world country? The right wing extremists sure would love to see our government crumble.
What next tar an feathering?I thought the Dems were acting like spoiled brats during Bushes add. The Rep are changing my mind for my vote.
What the heck is wrong with these people. They should move to Iran where that kind of conduct is tolerated.