It was Cook’s involvement which led Langer to say, “For a paid operative of the Maryland Democratic Party to show up to disrupt a local non-partisan event is just stunning. It demonstrates that they feel so threatened by the very real popular discontent that they’re more than willing to have their paid employees invent groups in order to maintain their hold on power.”
In fact, I asked Maryland Democratic Party chair Susan Turnbull for a response to this incident, and apparently they’d already put a statement together for press inquiries like mine. How about some projection with a heaping side of in-your-face arrogance?
“The ones who should be apologizing are the leaders of Americans for Prosperity who are backed by big corporations that ship jobs overseas. The Offshore Bird and his supporters were simply there to politely draw attention to AFP’s hidden agenda at an event that was open to the public. It is clear from the video that the AFP only believes in the right to peaceful assembly when it suits their interests.”
In other words, you will listen to us and like it. That’s the attitude of a party that controls all the levers of power in Annapolis. It’s also hypocritical, when you consider the piles of money that leftist George Soros routinely showers on liberal groups and causes all over the country. To them, Chuck Cook has become a hero of the movement – he’ll likely get a promotion in the near future.
And just to correct Turnbull, the main thing that’s clear from the video is that a party whose policies are killing the Maryland poultry industry would be wise to steer clear of chicken suits.
As for the AFP, it isn’t going anywhere in Maryland. Their state chapter is doubling down with another more localized bus tour (dubbed the “Now or Never Maryland” tour) that will span the length of the First District, which wraps from the eastern suburbs of Baltimore around the top of Chesapeake Bay to encompass the Eastern Shore. And while AFP won’t be adding security, according to Maryland state director Dave Schwartz, they “will be aware of possible intimidation tactics, and be able to be more proactive because of the incident.”
With experts divided on whether the race is a toss-up or leaning Republican, and the First District’s history as an R+13 district, it’s certain that Free State Democrats will be cooking up even more mayhem for conservatives as the election draws closer. But it’s hard to top this kind of October surprise, even if a day early.