Posted by Peter
GOP Chair Sends Letter to MN AFL-CIO President Regarding Assaults at the State Fair
August 26, 2004
Ray Waldron, President, Minnesota AFL-CIO
Dear Mr. Waldron
Even during the most heated political battles, Minnesotans have always prided themselves on a nonviolent and civil political discourse.
That is why I was shocked to learn that during John Kerry's visit to the State Fair today union members wearing "Laborers for Kerry" t-shirts physically assaulted two College Republicans.
These two college students were peacefully assembled to express their points of view, which is every American's right. What is even more troubling is the fact that this is not the first time that we have seen these tactics from union officials, and DFL and Kerry campaign supporters.
I think that you can agree that there is no place for this type of violence in Minnesota politics. That is why I am calling on you to immediately and publicly condemn these senseless acts of violence. I am also calling on you to immediately call on your members to cease engaging in violent attacks on Republican grassroots activists and commit to help identify, and bring to justice those individuals who perpetrated these acts. I have attached a photo of one of the union members elbowing one of the College Republicans in the head. I hope you will help us to identify this perpetrator. I look forward to hearing your response.
CC: Mike Erlandson, DFL Party Chair, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch, Sam Kaplan, Kerry Campaign Minnesota Chair