For the past year, Campbell, Wisconsin Police Chief Tim Kelemen has been battling his local Tea Party over repeated traffic hazards.
As we know, insanely stupid Tea Partiers enjoy lining their walkers and Hoverounds up along overpasses across the nation screaming about the Muslim atheist socialist Communist terrorist usurper in the White house, Barry Soetoro (or Barack Obama, to the sheeple who are fooled by the lamestream media).
Noticing that traffic was slowing down because of his local Tea Party’s insistence on providing highway passers-by with reading material and laughter, Kelemen took action, as he viewed this as a safety hazard.
Since the Tea Party feels that their First Amendment right to scream incoherently about socialism and hang signs encouraging Americans to get rid of the traitorous scum in the White House somehow trumps public safety issues, Keleman acted in the best interests of the public: he convinced the tow board to pass an ordinance in October banning signs, flags, banners, and other distractions that may cause injuries and loss of life, from the bridge upon which the Tea Party regularly surprises the public by gathering without wearing their hoods.
The aftermath was pretty much as one would expect. Tea Party “activists” flooded the small, five person police department with complaints and, like the domestic terrorists at the Bundy Ranch, threatened officers with death. Keleman says someone also attempted to hack into his personal bank accounts and a police department computer.
Keleman asked the Department of Justice for assistance, but the agency only offered to upgrade the department’s firewalls. The police chief was left alone to deal with the harassment and threats.
Frustrated by the outpouring of vitriol from the La Crosse Tea Party, and wanting to send a clear message, Keleman did something hilarious. Given the Tea Party’s extremely homophobic stance, Keleman signed Tea Party leader Greg Luce up for a number of gay dating sites and since they despise Obamacare, sites dealing with the ACA.
In January, Luce began to receive phone calls and e-mails from the gay dating and health care web sites.
Unfortunately, Luce did not feel this was quite as funny as the rest of us do. “This reaction by a public officer, I don’t know how to describe it. Just extremely unfortunate and poor decision-making,” said Luce’s attorney Erin Mersino.
Now, Keleman could lose his job and face criminal charges for his joke.
This first-hand experience with the Tea Party has caused the police chief to question his political beliefs. “I was a really heavy Republican kind of guy,” he later added. “I kind of agreed with all these things that they were saying. (But) now I see how these guys operate and that’s super shady.”
Luce claims Keleman stole his identity when he signed him up on the web sites–something that normally does not require sensitive personal information and that the overpass ordinance violates his First Amendment right to yell loudly at the sky about President Obama.
Keleman has been placed on paid leave bending the trial. Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger says he is close to making a decision on charges.
Luce takes no responsibility for the actions of the members of the group he leads. His attorney says that he is simply upset with the sign ordinance, and never asked anyone to threaten officers.
“A person can’t justify illegal behavior of identity theft,” Mersino said, “by saying they received a few annoying phone calls to the police station.”
Last year, the Tea Party Overpass group was rocked by an embezzlement scandal when its leader, James Neighbors, took donated funds for personal use–Trust us, they know a lot about corruption!