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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The left continues to issue threats

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Left Threatens


Tea Party Leaders



 

March 15, 2011, Milwaukee--Throughout Wisconsin Tea Party leaders have received threats, harassment, and intimidation from those who oppose anyone who supports Governor Walker and the Budget Repair Bill.

Phone calls and emails are the most common forms of threats and harassment, but bullying and intimidation has occurred at recall petition drives.

Tea Party leaders are volunteers. They're not paid operatives, just average folks that are passionate about their political beliefs, the same way the protesters were. Our republic should embrace grassroots enthusiasm, regardless of whether one agrees with the politics or not.

A sampling of recent incidents include:
 

·         Tea Party Patriot leader Mike Hintze of Brookfield received an anonymous phone call that asked “if he was wearing a bullet-proof vest?”

·         A Tea Party leader and candidate for a non-partisan school board position received an email that suggested a veiled threat that the writer “will do everything within my power to make sure you are not elected to the (omitted) School Board.”

·         In Lincoln County, the Senator Holperin Recall Committee encountered union protesters during one of their petition drives. According to Committee members, “recall supporters were encircled by union protesters” who “packed in tightly around the petition collection table so as to prevent those attempting to sign from doing so.” Despite a police presence, nothing was done when “a pro-union protester, pretending to be interested in signing the petition, scrawled profanity across a partially collected petition form, then began ripping up the completed petitions that were close in proximity.”

·         Leader of the Northwoods Patriots, Kim Simac, has received numerous personal threats.

·         Another Tea Party leader has received harassing voice mails and emails for weeks. One email said that “your comments on TV today were sickening and riddled with the ignorance and hatred of liberty and the American way of life that you claim to serve...I have had it with the BS you keep spewing.”
 

These threats, harassment, and intimidation have no place in our republic. Our nation has a heritage of rich and robust debate, disagreeing without violence and threats. Our elected officials perhaps ought to expect such things due to the nature of their business, but grassroots community leaders shouldn't be coerced into relinquishing their First Amendment rights.

These tactics of threats, harassment, and intimidation must be stopped before someone gets hurt.

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