'We were outside waiting for you'
First things first. Thousands of people in Washington state have attended "tea party" protests. Charles Alan Wilson, the man accused of sending explicit threats to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), did not even consider himself a tea party protester. But when I suggested that Wilson's arrest was one of those events that forces tea partiers on the defensive, I was thinking of the news that Wilson attended a protest outside Murray's office, slipping into a tea party crowd.
From the criminal complaint, part of a voicemail message Wilson allegedly left for Murray on Sunday:
Oh, you were in Yakima last week. How come you didn't give a big speech to the people outside waiting to see you? Yeah, we were outside waiting for you, hopefully you would come out and explain to us how come this health care bill that you railed on so highly is going to create the biggest drain in American history. It's going to cause so much pain and suffering. I would like to thank you so much, for robbing from me and putting on my children's plate the most riduculous, underhanded, back-door, lying, cheating, unconstitutional...
Here's a video of the protest Wilson attended, organized by Remember Us, We the People.
That's a peaceful crowd. That's hard to square with the violent and sexually explicit language in Wilson's alleged threats to Murray. Kirk Groenig of Remember Us, We the People has denounced Wilson and said he's "not on any membership lists we have."
I've posted the felony complaint against Wilson after the jump.