I wanted to post it here, as well, with some additional details, to make sure that those of you who don't read the comments -- nasty and hateful as so many of them are, alas -- don't miss it.
The pertinent exchange in question began with this post, from Anonymous:
Pete - your readers may be interested in the real story and an actual e-mail from Democrat operative, Kelly Gallagher (sic) Democrats Organizing to Actively Disrupt Rep. Paul Ryan's TownhallsThe link Anonymous provides, above, points a post on RedState.com. In support of the accusation that Democrats plan to disrupt the listening sessions the site offers up a copy of an email by Community for Change's Kelly Gallaher. That email lays out the group's effort to set up information tables at each of Ryan's 17 scheduled listening sessions, provide information, sign up voluteers and "overwhelm each session with reform supporters." It is mostly a schedule for volunteers; you'll have to read the email yourself to decide whether "disruption" is part of C4C's plan; frankly, I don't see it.
Interesting that C4C is planning to hold the room until 5 p.m., though Ryan will be gone at 2:30?
Guess when it's the socialists organizing it's good - when regular citizens, it's bad?
Below is Kelly Gallaher's response to the comment above, and her report on the reception she received today at Ryan's first sessions of the week in Racine County, in Eagle and North Prairie:
Pete, I'd like to add a response to this discussion. The Red State website which printed the email of the listening session times and dates stated in their own headline that opponents planned to "actively disrupt" Congressman Ryan's Town Halls which of course the email does not. Now I can only speak for myself and the ladies attending with me, but we wanted to hear what the Congressman had to say and of course let him know we support a reform plan. We are constituents and have every right to do that.
When I got to the first listening session today, some large men asked me very loudly if I was Kelly Gallaher, I said "yes" and then they said some derogatory remarks to me. They also wanted to know who paid me, odd question from a stranger, but for the record no one. I am not paid by any organization...the DNC, OFA, C4C, I'm just a volunteer. I thought it was odd, but I've never been to Eagle before.
Then inside some people called police officers over and were pointing at me. Then a woman came up and demanded to know my name. I told her and she started yelling "Kelly Gallaher is a liar." I asked to please go away and she followed me closely through the building yelling it over and over again.
After the second session, I learned about the website and how it had also been mentioned on the radio. Which was about the time I started to receive prank and threatening phone calls on my cell phone... it was listed in the email Red State published and I found a note left on my car.
After I returned home, I got a call from a reporter in Waukesha who had seen the website, she wanted to know why we didn't show up. I laughed and told her we did, and even asked questions. Some disruption huh?
I understand that people are very concerned about all the issues we are dealing with as a city and as a country. Health Care is right up there at the top of the list. I want to have all the facts, as I'm sure most people do. The events of today just show how easy it is to be mislead, just because it's on the internet or in the newspaper.
I don't and never said I had any intention of disrupting anything, but clearly others had different plans. They upset me quite a bit, and for what purpose?
I'll be at the next town halls, and I invite others to do the same. It's a great exercise in democracy. If you want to send a group use our email, it's detailed, organized and has all the locations. However, if you do, please remember to be respectful and considerate to all other attendees.