November 13th, 2009
08:49 PM ET
12 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
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. chelseafran

    Appalling, totally out of control. A disgrace to civilized Americans (hopefully there are stll some left).

    November 13, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Mark

    Someone has to bring attention to Pelosi's out of control socialism!

    November 13, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    Can't be there in person, but I certainly will be there in spirit!

    November 13, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. g

    how much does david koch pay these people i guess a job is a job i wonder if they get health insurance

    November 13, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. JG Filiatrault

    I see you have cowardly avoided the name Loo Dobbs in your site.
    I am telling you that L,Dobbs has quit CNN and so do I ..and many of my friends ( tell your sponsors)
    You cannot take the pressure from the White House, I say " you are NOT a news Network just a sheep of Washington"
    Thank you

    November 13, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Debbie in VA

    I just once want CNN to report the real news but I am impressed that there is nothing new about Sarah Palin, I guess she hasn't burped since the third article about her on the ticker today. How is that Rangel investigation going? If it is not going why aren't we hearing anything about it? If I would have done the same or if a Republican would have done the same I would have been in jail over a year ago and the Republican would have been forced to resign but because he is a DEMOCRAT we don't hear anything about the lack of an investigation CNN? What has happened to journalism in the US? Oh that's right CNN is too worried about Palin burping.

    November 13, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Keeth in California

    Ignorant childish behavior.

    November 13, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Rob from Chicago

    You have got to be kidding me. He doesn't see what all the fuss is about?

    I am very opposed to PelosiCare, but really, this is disgusting. The Repubs need to reign idiots like Coleman in (of course, perhaps he is just a lib in disguise working to discredit the opposition to PelosiCare)

    November 13, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    the teabaggers movement will be short.

    Don't worry about them. They don't have that much of a following.

    Besides, when they are publicly forced to refuse Medicare when they get old, they will really regret all this cr....stuff.

    November 13, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Time to speak up and act out

    Pelosi is a disgrace to the US Congress. She deserves to be burned in effigy along with Reid, Frank, Dodd, and Obama. What they're doing to our country is an outrage.

    November 13, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. We Won Get Over It

    Isn't it a shame that the republicans have children that have taken over here juvy can you be.but then we all know republicans are dumb as dirt else they wouldn't be republicans.

    November 13, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Danny J

    People are angry. People are angry that the majority of Americans disagree with any of the Health Care plans being circulated. People are angry that the Democratic leadership are not listening to their constituents.

    With that said, I totally disagree with what this person is doing, and I think it hurts his cause. Sometimes I think these wackos are either secretly hired or encouraged by the Democratic party.

    November 13, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. richard miller in montana

    I hope that the man will wear some laundry on his head and wrap himself in nice white cotton flowing robes and he is doing so. Are we performing like we hope to become? A third world country ruler by zealots? Get a lift for Christ sakes!

    November 13, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. catmom

    You have to wonder why Republicans/conservatives/right wingers hate Pelosi and Obama so much? Why do they feel threatened by them? Democrats didn't like Republican policies and they didn't like Republican leadership but you never saw the hatred and determination to do everything they could to see the administration fail. President Bush did numerous things like going to war based on faulty intelligencewhere a case could have been made for impeachment but unlike Republicans, the Democratic party decided not to drag the country through that. Ten months into a term and Republicans/right wingers whine about impeaching President Obama because he is having to make hard decisions in order to clean up the mess left behind by Bush and Republicans. Why are Republicans so threatened? Why are they so determined to ruin our country?

    November 13, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Jack Lowe

    OOOOOOHHHHHH! He's not really going to burn them – just an effigy. Who cares?

    November 13, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Gary from Madison, WI

    I really don't understand these Tea Party people. Where were they between 2000 & 2008 when our national debt doubled? Where were they when US jobs were being shipped overseas? They only seemed to protest when the GOP lost power. This is America and the majority rules. The 'moral majority' is not what most Americans want. These people seem very disingenuous to me.

    November 13, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Exasperated

    We have votes to express our opinion. We elect legislators who in turn we authorize to vote on programs, bills, etc. We don't decide to "burn in effigy" those people who do not agree with us. We wait for an election and vote them out of office. Is this man aware of what "burning in effigy" has meant throughout history? From a nation of laws we appear to be going to a nation of lets throw out the laws we personally do not agree with. Again look at history and why our forefathers from the 17th through 20th centuries came to these shores. We are making a travesty of their adventurous spirit in leaving their homes to come to a land where they could be free to speak their mind, hold to their own beliefs, and provide a more prosperous future for their children. We need some common sense in today's world!

    November 13, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Disgusting

    What disgusting and perverted people these so called Tea Party activists are.

    They have absolutely no idea what real patriotism is, only a perverted and twisted ideology.

    November 13, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. not alone

    tea party or terrorests.they burning imagase just like they do in the middle east.clearly the tea party leadership is going way over the line.We try to be fair minded in this country about everyones beliefs and political party affiliation.So these so called tea party folks are way out of step with the beliefs of the US.Sad day indeed when we as citizens pull this CRAP on our own.

    November 13, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Gary

    Perhaps Sean Hanity will be there to take the pictures.
    Headlines " Tea Party draws 35,000 at Jonas Brothers concert"
    " Tea Party draws 65,000 at Dallas Cowboys Football game"
    Keep dreaming Tea Baggers, you're a failure.

    November 13, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. disgusted

    Seriously don't these people have anything better to do or protest??? They need to read their history books and understand the full depth of the original tea parties, then they will see that they are idiots to have chosen a name that that for themselves.

    November 13, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. kr

    This is sick and shows the mentality of the teabaggers. I have never in my life seen or heard such hate and rhetoric that is constantly displayed or reported. I assumed that all these teabaggers have good insurance or they are on a government plan called Medicare. These action remind of an unsettled foreign country and I do not know where the word treason disappeared to. People have known about this bill for months and have led many of obnoxious scenes retaliating. The only sure thing they have accomplished is hate that makes this country fearful and unsafe.

    November 13, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. terry,va

    How about for real? Do Pelosi!!! We haven't burned a witch at the stake in a long time.

    November 13, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. D.

    This is the most cowardly president and administration we have ever had. Hiding behind Pelosi on health care so she takes the heat, hiding in Japan while attorney general decides on civilian trial for war criminals, hiding behind attorney general on faulting the CIA, not deciding on troops to Afghanistan (afraid of the Nobel prize committee when he faces them early Dec. when he gets the undeserving prize?).
    My goodness... and tea party goes after her rather than the WH who is in charge of all this fiasco. Go after the biggest coward first and protest the policies of this administration first and for most.

    November 13, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. Bill Cullen

    Burning an effigy is just about as advanced a train of thought as we can expect from these people. Given the choice between a rational debate and burning symbols, I think there is a significant lack of judgment on display from those opposing the health care initiative.

    November 13, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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