November 13th, 2009
08:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party organizer vows to burn Pelosi and Perriello in effigy

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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
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  1. Ryan

    The only other people who do this are those Islamic extremists you see on TV all the time.

    Smooth, show the world you've got sour grapes over our democratic system of voting that makes America what it is.

    It's also a great way to just look like you're completely crazy and not to be taken seriously.

    Go Tea-baggers.

    November 14, 2009 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  2. Kes

    That is what Islamic extremists do.
    America is becoming a scary place

    November 14, 2009 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  3. Reagan was wrong

    I bet at least 3% of those 100 attendees will be named either Gus or Bud.

    November 14, 2009 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  4. John

    Conservatives are like Beavis and Butthead: They enjoy seeing things set on fire. Library books, civil rights, political opponents, foreign countries....

    November 14, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  5. Flagship, NC

    Our country is in the process of convicting 5 teenagers for setting another teenager on fire. The young teenage victim is still in the hospital in critical condition, hanging on for dear-life.

    But now you have tea-bagger adults publicly burning (in effigy) two other members of our congress.

    First: I just can't believe they can be so in-sensitive to pull this stunt with a young kid just set on fire and burned last week, and is still getting headlines in the major news channels.

    Second: These Tea-baggers are showing that they have the same Sub-Human Child Mentality that motivated the 5 other teenagers to burn the young kid. They think this is some kid of joke. But it is not!!!

    Third: These Child Minded Tea-baggers are setting an example to our youth on how to behave when they are unhappy on how events take place.

    I am a parent of a teenager and can't understand why these Tea-baggers can't act like normal adults and set some level of decent behavior examples for our youth.

    November 14, 2009 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  6. lonnie this guy really feels that a corporate welfare state isn't a form of socialism????? Tax breaks and other subsidies are exactly that. The only way this bill is going to "fundamentally change what America is" is by actually giving the people something long overdue. Mr. Coleman, this great country of ours is not and never will be "yours", it is something that is shared by WE THE PEOPLE, meaning all of us (you included!!). Your sick sense of entitlement does this country a great disservice. Although i applaud your expression of free speech, it is obvious that your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Instead of staying civil, you decide to take the low road, and that is the last thing we need right now. I personally do not like Pelosi, but the actions you and your drones are taking is counterproductive at best, and at worst, makes you look nuttier than squirrel poo. And I must ask, where have you and your kind been the last 8 years, because it is scary to me that you have no problem giving money and such to foreign countries, but when it comes to decent, hard working Americans it becomes "shocking and despicable". I hope one day you wake up and realize that the poor people serving your food, cleaning your pool, watching your kids at daycare, and sending their kids to school with yours deserve more than what you are offering 🙁

    November 14, 2009 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Ok, now are you convinced these people are bat-scat crazy?

    November 14, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. mark

    Our Founders did far more than this to make their point.

    November 14, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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