A post by Matthew Slutsky

Republican Thuggery

Here is a letter written in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch by political activist and military veteran Mike Stark. Stark was physically assaulted by George Allen’s thugs at a campaign event in Virginia.

Here’s the full text of the letter:

My name is Mike Stark. I am a law student at the University of Virginia, a marine, and a citizen journalist. Earlier today at a public event, I was attempting to ask Senator Allen a question about his sealed divorce record and his arrest in the 1970s, both of which are in the public domain. His people assaulted me, put me in a headlock, and wrestled me to the ground. Video footage is available here, from an NBC affiliate.

I demand that Senator Allen fire the staffers who beat up a constituent attempting to use his constitutional right to petition his government. I also want to know why Senator Allen would want his staffers to assault someone asking questions about matters of public record in the heat of a political campaign. Why are his divorce records sealed? Why was he arrested in the 1970s? And why did his campaign batter me when I asked him about these questions.

George Allen defends his support of the Iraq war by saying that our troops are defending the ideals America stands for. Indeed, he says our troops are defending our very freedom. What kind of country is it when a Senator’s constituent is assaulted for asking difficult and uncomfortable questions? What freedoms do we have left? Maybe we need to bring the troops home so that they can fight for freedom at George Allen’s campaign events. Demanding accountability should not be an offense worthy of assault.

I will be pressing charges against George Allen and his surrogates later today. George Allen, at any time, could have stopped the fray. All he had to do was say, “This is not how my campaign is run. Take your hands off that man.” He could have ignored my questions. Instead he and his thugs chose violence. I spent four years in the Marine Corps. I’ll be damned if I’ll let my country be taken from me by thugs that are afraid of taking responsibility for themselves.

It just isn’t the America I know and love. Somebody needs to take a stand against those that would bully and intimidate their fellow citizens. That stand begins right here, right now.

One Response to “Republican Thuggery”

  1. FedUp Says:

    FYI Mr. Stark;

    For a law student you have no clue as to what is and what is not public record. Sealed court documents are not and I repeat not public record. Common sense should have dictated that. However you sir pushed the issue and was involved in a scuffle that YOU provoked then you come here and whine about what you will do and what Senator Allen will be forced to reveal.

    Stop the phoney charges and accusations. Film footage you say? Yet another waste of time. I suggest you grow up, take your lumps and stop the phoney act claiming you were assaulted. Republican thuggery indeed.

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