Baucus Needs to Apologize

Yesterday, the Bozeman Tea Party put out a press release, which I have posted below and can be found here.

The release asks Senator Max Baucus to apologize for his comments following his Make Health Happen Summit in Bozeman.  I attended the protest at the Museum of the Rockies.  While protesting Max drove up and got out of his car, the protesters gathered around him to hear what he had to say.  He stayed there for about 10-15 minutes answering questions from the protesters.

Most of his answers were the typical politician answers and he would not take the megaphone we offered so the whole crowd could hear him, but I gave him credit for getting out of his car and talking to us.

What I didn’t know was that it was a political trap set by the Senator.  A few days later in this article in the Daily Interlake he said that “these people were not civil.  This was the closest thing to a mob that I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

Luckily, my camera has a video recorder on it and I have most it on tape.  Please check it out for yourself at www.youtube.com/tsnleader.  I also wonder if Max has ever been to a Cat-Griz game, which are MUCH more “mob-like.”

Max getting out of his car was just an excuse for him to marginalize us and take part of the national effort to discredit the Tea Party patriots.  I am ashamed to have him as my Senator and I believe he needs to apologize.

I encourage everyone to write and call Max’s office to let him know that you believe he should apologize for lying about his constituents.

Bozeman Tea Party Demands Apology from Senator Baucus

Comments to Media are Lies that Insult Constituents

Montanans finally get a chance to discuss these important issues with their senator but Senator Baucus uses it as an opportunity to throw mud at his constituents.  Senator Baucus’ comments and behavior are disgraceful,” said Ken Champion, Chairman, Bozeman Tea Party.

Bozeman, MT — Recently, Senator Baucus came to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana for the Make Health Happen Summit.  On his way into the summit, Senator Baucus stopped to speak with approximately 250 of his constituents who oppose government run healthcare.

Bob Adney, with the Bozeman Tea Party said “the protesters that were gathered oppose a government takeover of health care and were determined to speak with the Senator about their concerns.”

Senator Baucus addressed the protesters and took questions for about 15 minutes.  He was offered a megaphone so everyone could hear his answers but he declined despite many in the crowd struggling to hear what he had to say.

The Bozeman Tea Party gave the Senator credit for getting out of his car and talking to his constituents about healthcare.  It was a very good back and forth between the crowd and the Senator.  However, Bozeman Tea Party organizers and constituents later found out what Senator Baucus really had in mind when he stopped his car.

“What we thought was a courageous move by Senator Baucus turned out to be a shameful political ploy,” Adney said.

Senator Baucus was quoted in the Daily Interlake as saying, “These people were not civil.  This was the closest thing to a mob that I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

“Senator Baucus should be ashamed for his comments he made to the media and his behavior following the Tea Party protest in Bozeman.  He should apologize immediately for lying to the press about what happened and for disparaging the integrity of peaceful constituents wanting to speak with their Senator and voice their concerns,” said the Bozeman Tea Party organizers.

Adney was puzzled by the “mob-like” attribution to the constituents that were there.  “We had people from all walks of life; doctors, professionals, elderly, children all gathered to express their concerns with the proposed healthcare plan.”  Adney also wondered if Senator Baucus has ever attended to Cat-Griz game or been to a child care facility.  “Those are closer to a mob than folks asking questions,” he remarked.

Ken Champion, Chairman of the Bozeman Tea Party, added Montanans finally get a chance to discuss these important issues with their senator but Senator Baucus uses it as an opportunity to throw mud at his constituents.  Senator Baucus’ comments and behavior are disgraceful.”

Adney said the, “Senator should be ashamed for his lies regarding the group and should apologize.  Montanans have every right to speak out against nationalization of the health system and should be not attacked by Baucus just because they oppose his idea of reform.”

Baucus also falsely claimed that the members of the Bozeman Tea Party bussed people in from Texas and that our group denied him a chance to speak.  These lies by Senator Baucus were also reported in the New York Times.

However, despite what Senator Baucus claims, the Bozeman Tea Party group have the videotape proof of the back and forth between the Senator and the group which can be found at www.youtube.com/tsnleader.  In fact, the video clip shows Baucus responding to Dr. JD Clark, a Bozeman podiatrist who asked the Senator if the government was going to micromanage his medical practice.

Senator Baucus is one of many DC politicians who have attempted to denigrate the Tea Party movement and health care reform opponents.  In the pages of USA Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer wrote “ObamaCare” opponents were “simply un-American.” Congressman Steve Kagen said they’re “uncivilized,” and Congressman Baron Hill called them “political terrorists.” Congressman Brian Baird said they were “Brown Shirts” and compared their rhetoric to that of Timothy McVeigh’s, the Oklahoma City bomber.

“Rather than seriously address the concerns of Tea Party protesters that the government  is over-spending the country into bankruptcy and has no Constitutional authority to seize control over private industries, in this case the healthcare industry, Senator Baucus is engaging in the new political speak of the day. He is attempting to denigrate his own constituents with outright lies and we will not tolerate it,” said Champion.

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