Once again Congressman Perriello chooses to ignore a group of people he is suppose to represent. Sixty plus people showed up at the congressman’s office to speak with him about their concerns in respect to government run health care. It seems the congressman is only interested in meeting with those who have the same views as he does. His constant, never ending campaign is growing tiresome, his main goal seems to be whatever works for Tom, to hell with the people of the fifth district.
With the exception of being ignored by One Term Tom I felt that the rally went well. I was very pleased with the turnout and it was great to hear from the different people who stepped up to speak. Overall I felt that it was a great way to get the word out about our health care forum Monday night at Lane Auditorium.
An interesting moment came towards the end of the event when the police relayed the message that we would have to break up the rally or be arrested for trespassing. It seems that two phone calls were made to the police complaining that we were disturbing customers, although I thought we kept the parking lot open and did not block any access to the businesses. We of course immediately broke up the rally. However I belatedly heard that one of the complaints may have come from the congressman’s office. If I would have known this at the time I would have been spending the evening at the local lock up. I cannot believe that a group of Americans who are expressing their rights to free speech would be harassed because they don’t agree with their representatives views.
We are currently trying to verify who made the phone calls, we know who made one but are not absolutely sure about the second one. If as we suspect the call came from the congressman’s office we will certainly be in for some interesting times.