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.
Tea Party Leaders
March 15, 2011,
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
· 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.”
· 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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