Monday, March 22, 2010

BREAKING WaPo: Emerson Was Waving Signs, Tommy Sowers Calls Out Emerson

The Washington Post has posted a story online that will haunt Rep. Joann Emerson for weeks to come.

We at the KC Blue Blog first broke the story that Congresswoman Joann Emerson (D-MO) was part of a small group of Republican elected officials firing up the Tea Party crowd that was involved in racial chants at minority members of Congress, including spitting on a fellow Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City).

Cleaver, once reported he had a friendship with Emerson that often involved faith, saw the ugly face of hate. Which makes this part of the story even more disgusting considering he saw her as a friend.

The latest story states that Emerson not only spoke to the crowd but came out with a "trio" of legislators waving signs "Kill" "That" "Bill". She was directly involved in continuing to energize a crowd that had already went to far.

Emerson's opponent, an 11-year Army Veteran, Tommy Sowers issued a statement saying,

Sowers demands Jo Ann Emerson apologize for encouraging hateful protest

Yesterday, Congresswoman Emerson was involved in encouraging protesters at the Capitol. Instead of contributing to the debate, she offended her office and the people she claims to represent. This supposed moderate chose to incite the same voices that used racial slurs and spat on lawmakers (including Emanuel Cleaver, a fellow member of the Missouri delegation) on the steps of the Capitol.

Sowers said, "I call on Congresswoman Emerson to issue a formal apology for inciting these protests. As an 11-year veteran, I defended the Constitution and the right to protest, but lending support to a group that has spit on and called lawmakers racial slurs is beyond defense. This may make sense to a DC politician trying to grab headlines and score political points. But this is not the kind of representation that the Founders intended, nor what the people of Missouri and America expect."

Shortly after Emerson's protest, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen told reporters: "I think it is bad taste for people to go and encourage them. I can see this crowd getting out of control and they are being encouraged."

The Sowers campaign couldn't agree more. Congresswoman Emerson must immediately apologize and disavow association with protestors that use hate and racial slurs.

We at The KC Blue Blog will continue to urge Congresswoman Joann Emerson, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and the Missouri Republican Party to make a statement and apology to Missouri and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.


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