Skip to comments.Cornstalked: As the 14 Wisconsin Democrats run, meet the Illinois Tea Party activists giving chase
Posted on 03/01/2011 8:19:14 AM PST by bigbob
To say that 14 Wisconsin Democrats are on the lam in Illinois is an understatement. Relentlessly hounded by Illinois Tea Party members, they are truly, on the run.
No matter which podunk border town the senators try to hide in, they are running all the time thanks to highly effective efforts of conservative activists who have streamlined their search party by utilizing Facebook, email blasts and quick video posts. Who knew the Tea Party would be so good at bounty hunting 2.0?
On Thursday, The Missing 14 unsubtly crashed the Clock Tower Resorts Chocoholic Frolic in Rockford, Ill. David Hale, the Rockford Tea Party, and his camera began stalking the resort pestering the senators. By Saturday, some of the Missing 14 had skipped over to the citys Holiday Inn and were reportedly seen at Hooters having a last supper of sorts when Hale waltzed into the hotels lobby and confronted them with his camera and questions like, Senators! Why wont go home and do your job.
Probably aware that a posse of 14 pasty bureaucrats will stick out in a crowd, the senators did what any fugitive chain gang would do: They cut the links and went in separate directions. One did the smart thing and disappeared into the polished back alleys of the Windy City, where only the New York Times could find him.
By the following Monday, eight of the 14 had gone 30 miles northeast to the two-hotel town of Harvard (Pop. 9,000ish) thinking it might be a good place to hide. It took just one tip from a concerned citizen, however, before a few amateurs Illinois activist descended upon the hotel, causing enough trouble commotion for the senators to quickly pack it up.
Mary Alger, the coordinator of the Crystal Lake Tea Party was was grocery shopping when she got the tip. Dropping off the produce, making a quick sign and skirting 15mins Northwest to Harvard, she met up with Doc, a member of the Northern Illinois Tea Party who holds down a full-time job when hes not hunting Democrats. Lori White, a Spring Grove resident, showed up after responding to a Facebook post on the Rockford Tea Party site asking if anyone near Harvard was willing to drop by the hotel, preferably with a video camera.
The hotel called the cops on Doc and Mary because they were trespassing, so Doc skedaddled and at a nearby McDonalds Mary waited for White to arrive into town. Unfortunately, White got there just in time to see four senators piled into a tiny Mazda behind her the make, model and license plate shed gotten after responding to the Facebook post. As she fumbled for her video camera, the senators sped off, up Highway 23. Though she tried to follow, White eventually lost them. Not that shell stop helping out in the other bounty hunters.
Meanwhile, a local paper published a picture of one of them Democrats. Northern Ill Tea Party board member Joe Terrell had not only set up a Flee Party Tracker Facebook page but was able to do some magic thanks to information sharing and basic internet research.
Based on that picture, a list of Democratic donors and Google Earth we were able to identify where it was taken, said Terrell. And with that, he posted the citizens equivalent to what the police like to refer to as an APB an All Points Bulletin.
For the past week and a half, this has been the regular rhyme and flow of both the Wisconsin state senators and the amateur bounty hunters tracking them down. Each time the senators find a place to hide, some local resident sends a quick Facebook note or records a few minutes of footage so that tea party members around Northern Illinois can coordinate confrontations no more dangerous than a slightly pushy reporter asking, Why are you running?
However, we have way too many union-loving liberals in the Land of Lincoln as it is, and it's time to go home and DO YOUR JOBS!
videos of the RATs trying to hide in Illinois.
LOL! Love it!
Hilarious. This is why the Tea Party people are fantastic. Why make these AWOL losers vacation an easy ride. Hector them into insanity. If just one of these dopes gives up, the stunt is over. Great work TP.
I can’t reconcile the positions. Please help me.
1. During the last Congress, the Democrats in Washington were upset with Republicans for using filibusters and parliamentary manuvers to delay or prevent voting on issues in Congress. The Democrats say that we should have the debate on the issues, but at the end of the day, the legislative process should go forward, and we should proceed to final votes on the issues. Vote no, the Democrats say, if that’s your position, but put a stop to the parliamentary tricks to prevent legislation from going forward.
2. When confronted with a Republican governor and Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature, the Democrats do not allow the legislative process to move forward. They do not have the vigorous debate on the issues, but then proceed to a vote. They don’t vote no when a vote happens. Instead, they resort to the parliamentary manuver of leaving town so that the legislature doesn’t have the quorom (sp?) or minimal number of members present to conduct its business.
Can anybody help me reconcile these seemingly contradictory Democrat positions????
Has the word “FleeBaggers” been used yet to describe the WI state sens who abandoned their duties?
This whole situation is NUTS
Doesnt the WI constitution have anything about firing elected state government officials who refuse to fulfill their sworn duty to the state and its residents ???
Isnt this “dereliction of duty” ???
If a soldier pulled this he would be in jail...
This is too good! Bravo!
*WI Fleebaggers Ping*
Yep - Came within seconds once the term “Flee Party” was coined.
At the very least. I contend that they have abdicated and should be replaced immediately. Why are they still getting paid? In a troubled financial situation in WI these morons are heaping more debt on the taxpayers.
Every taxpayer in WI should be on the streets countering the Fleebaggers and their union thugs and minions.
1. to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner:
2. to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner:
You KNOW these slimes aren’t using their own credit cards. Is Wisconsin’s AG a republican? These 14 crooks should be charged with some kind of crime! Either theft of public property or bribery. Once the charges are filed the Illinois State Police can arrest them. Even if they’re found innocent it’ll be after the vote is taken.
These people hounding these rats are real patriots. Dems are so evil.
You really don’t see the difference between operating within the laws of the deliberative body and operating outside the laws of the deliberative body?
If they are hiding out in chain motels (Best Western, Motel 6, etc.) maybe it’s time to apply a little pressure to those parent companies. Make it difficult for them to find a welcome anywhere other than Ed Scumly’s Roadside Fleabag Inn.
DemocRATs are leftists. Leftists are liars.
In any scenario such as this, you can always count on Democrats to act outside the law.
Oh yeah, Fleebaggers, and also “The Flee Party”, along with many others not suitable for FR ;-)
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