DeLay Supporters Beat Up Old Lady
Friday, April 07, 2006
(SNN Sugar Land) Supporters of U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay attended an event held by the Democratic candidate for the congressman's seat, Nick Lampson. Their protest quickly turned to violence.
They just did it to be nasty.
"I got pushed. I got hit. I got a sign wadded up in my face and my hat pulled down over my eyes," said Marsha Rovai, 69, a supporter of Nick Lampson. "They just did it to be nasty."
The spontaneous, unplanned protest was sparked by an email from DeLay's campaign manager Chris Homan. Homan made it clear that Lampson was going to "have to get used to being confronted about his voting record" and by "being confronted about his voting record" Homan meant, "other old ladies will be getting the shit kicked out of them."
there would have been no violence if Democrats had not been in attendance
Homan claimed that DeLay, who is under indictment for running an illegal campaign, knew nothing about the planning of the smack down. Homan pointed out that there would have been no violence if Democrats had not been in attendance and added that if Lampson wanted the violence to stop he should not run for office.
This incident sparks the worst campaign violence since Donald Rumsfeld stabbed Max Cleland. But in retrospect, given they were attacked by DeLay supporters, the people at the rally were actually quite lucky that they were not raped.