- Brian Chilson
- GRIFFIN: Explains how to disrupt.
One from the Rove playbook?
At a town hall meeting held in Little Rock last week, staffers of Rep. Tim Griffin handed out pamphlets of "homework" that included a list of Florida activists who have been critical of Republican politicians. The packet featured photographs and some suggested pointed (and often leading) questions to ask. For instance, one directed at Michael Cantone, political director for Organize Now, read "Are you a 'Political Operative' who has worked on the campaign staff of numerous liberal Democrat Party Candidates?"
"It seems clear that the presentation of these materials is intended to encourage harassment of these citizen activists and to intimidate other citizens from speaking out across America by attacking those who have already spoken out," said Organize Now president Tamecka Pierce, who was also featured.
Jonathan Samford, communications director for Griffin, told the Huffington Post that "the document was prepared by an outside group with the goal of interfering with town halls across the county. It advises folks how to disrupt. I reference it and say that our town halls will be civil and the Arkansans I have spoken with appreciate that."