Cohen and the TEA Partiers

Last night, Rep. Steve Cohen held a meet and greet at Republic Coffee in Memphis. While there, he was greeted by a small group of angry TEA Partiers. I’ll let the CA take it from there:

Outside Republic Coffee, a few tea party members held signs protesting Cohen’s recent remarks about the group. Inside the shop at 2924 Walnut Grove, as Cohen spoke to about 25 people, several asked pointed questions about Cohen’s comments last week on a radio show.

I know that you’re not a racist. I suspect that you’re not a racist,” Cohen said. “The tea party should have had someone stand up and repudiate the actions that occurred.”

Peter Calandruccio, who called himself “diametrically opposed” to Cohen’s political beliefs, asked for an apology.

“I just think in the future it’d be best to refrain from such inflammatory comments,” Calandrucci said. “To characterize a whole group with those terms doesn’t speak well of the office.”

He was also interviewed on WMCTV:

Ok, the reality is that Cohen has found himself in a heap of trouble thanks to his mouth several times. Maybe he’s going after Joe Biden’s record. I don’t know. Either way, blanket statements aren’t advisable.

That said, even though the TEA Party movement is “loosely organized” they should confront the racist elements within their midst head on. They are there, and they have been documented. That doesn’t mean they all are racists, quite the contrary. They just need to more closely monitor their “brand”.

Also they should disassociate themselves with the threats made to elected officials, including Cohen.

In the end, it’s unlikely any of the TEA Partiers will be voting for him anyway since they have their own candidate in the race. Still, it’s good to see that it was a largely civil affair.

Civility in Memphis? Whoda thunk it?

5 comments for “Cohen and the TEA Partiers

  1. April 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Steve Cohen is absolutely correct. Someone in the Tea Party needs to stand up and vigorously repudiate these incidents when they occur, like spitting on and calling an African American congressman “nigger.”

    Sadly, as this video of the Tea Party Express’ stop in Huntsville AL this week proves, they instead deny they even happened.

    Hard to take your “we’re not racists!” outrage seriously in light of that, folks.

  2. April 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

    BTW don’t know if I”m the only one with this problem but I can’t see the comments after they are posted, they disappear into the black background. Just FYI.

  3. April 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    The commenting looks OK in IE6, but is not visible in Firefox 3 or Safari 4.

  4. April 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    @Southern Beale
    Hopefully that fixed it.

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