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. don

    These people are getting nuttier by the day. Protesting is okay...but this borders on threat. This is not the middle east tea baggers.

    November 14, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. marcus (seattle)

    hmmm... why aren't those tea-baggers burning effigies of bush ?? i mean, he ran up trillions of dollars of debt, presided over the entire fiscal meltdown in the US, and started the bail out ball a rollin' ... oh yeah, that's cuz those teabaggers really don't care about the economy or the US, they're just bitter republicans railing against democrats.. the disingenuous nature of your protest makes you people nothing more than a bad joke.. whiners..

    November 14, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Dennis

    How mature!

    November 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. psk2

    Why does it count as news that they announced a plan to burn someone in effigy? Isn't this free promotion before the fact?

    November 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    I'm sure the hypocritical left will go nuts. I guess they see a difference between this and burning a Bush effigy. See leftist hate at its finest in 3...2..1...

    November 14, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. buckwheat

    It is stupid to burn anyone in effigy. Remember this is a nation founded in religion and 300 or so years ago we were burning people at the stake for being witches in the nameof that same religion.Sound familiar as to what religion is being used for today? Bombs are not our most dangerous threat, religion and the human mind is.

    November 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Mickey

    These teabaggers and their handlers must have some sort of mental disorder.

    Insurance reform now, and for ALL. Stop believing all the bullcarp you're being fed by the GOP. It just ain't true...you are being lied to.

    GOP: Evolve or die

    November 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Bob of Lompoc

    What the Republicans do does not shock me. Skunks in business suits, on their way to the end of their Party, and getting in the most sicko shots they can, as the door slams behind them. This isn't news to me.

    November 14, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Wanda

    I think this is appauling. This type of behavior is destructive and dangerous. It appeals to the ignorant people in this country who think they have the right to hurt others.

    November 14, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Madeline

    How Evil.

    November 14, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Nancy

    I hope this gathering will not have any born again, evangelical christians. Already, association with GOP, Tea baggers.. has greatly tainted their faith.. a compromise of years they have worked hard to win pple to Christ.

    I urge all pple who call themselves born again, evangelicals.. to refrain from this nonsense.. and please denounce this sick, unChrist-like way of using free speech!

    I call upon all these christians to distance themselves from this behavior, which they hve not done.. for the sake of the Gospel.

    November 14, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Seen It All Before

    With logic like Mr. Coleman's rationionalizations for violence and hate such as we see in the middle east are not far away.

    November 14, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. aa

    tea party is orgenized by GOP

    November 14, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. I told you so

    This Pelosi is toxic.

    November 14, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Edward

    we do not want goverment funding or take over of our health care leve it alone untill it can be done with out this democratic crap, just who do thing thay are to try and take the american rights away arte we going to let the run our lives, i wont if i canm help it,

    November 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Allen in Hartwell GA

    It sounds to me like the far-right are spoiling for a fight. They might find out the hard way that they are in the minority, and if they get the fight they apparently want they will be on the losing end. The silent majority won't stand for a civil war just to satisfy the demands of some right-wing kooks.

    November 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. charlie in Maine

    Hey tea partiers.

    If it is about the money where were you when George W thought it would be a great idea to spend 12 million dollars an hour occupying a country that never attacked us?

    I get why the health insurance companies are against Obamacare. After all wouldn't Federal Express or UPS do better if they could get rid of the Post Office and they could charge whatever the hell they wanted to send a package.

    I get why the GOP leadership is against it considering how long they were out of power after they failed to stop Social Security or Medicare. But what I can't believe that any regular person would be against this.

    So who is payin you guys. The GOP leadership the insurance companies or both?

    Patriots??? Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave at the likes of you.

    November 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Plainsman

    Taking their cues from middle east anti-america rallies are they?

    November 14, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Troy B.

    Do people not see a problem with this? This is the sort of thing that the KKK does.

    November 14, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Silicon Valley Man

    So it is a "kick in the stomach" because Coleman and his friends have "been trying to months to get our point across just how vehemently we are opposed to this health care legislation."

    Obama ran on a health reform platform, and got nine million more votes than McCain. Polls show that half or more Americans want a robust health care reform with a public option.

    What right does Coleman have to throw a hissy fit and stamp his feet on the floor, much less burn Pelosi in effigy? Most people want health care reform to pass. That's democracy.

    November 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Carol

    Oh good, now they're upgrading to violence. And the organizer thinks this is perfectly fine. That should really move the tea party movement along. This shows what kind of kooks are behind these things.

    November 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Walt213

    The extremist ultra conservative Republicans have gone so far right they can't tell right from wrong.

    November 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Marie Laveaux

    I suppose they'll be handing out pitchforks and burning torches to the angry mob before they start the rally. I'll bet these very same people were livid when they saw video of people burning effigies of Bush in the middle east. This crap is getting close to being out of control. Shameful, shameful behavior from people who claim to be "patriots".

    November 14, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Clint

    ... and we claim people in third world countries in the middle east are uncivilized in matters of politics... May be we Americans ought to look in the mirror before criticizing others... what a mess we are!

    November 14, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. philthetruth

    AMERICANS: Our country is calling...

    November 14, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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