Before firing off that next email to an elected official, you’d better cross your fingers and hope the politician is not feeling anxious about your message.
A judge in Oklahoma Friday ordered the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party to be tried on felony blackmail and computer crimes charges for sending an email to a state senator who said he felt threatened by its tone, The Associated Press reported.
The RWNJs will jump all over the first line of the story about “not feeling anxious” and totally miss the entire story..
Gerhart’s email demands that Branan give the measure a hearing, “or I will make sure you regret not doing it.”
“I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don’t hear that this bill will be heard and passed,” the email said. “We will dig into your past, your family, your associates, and once we start on you there will be no end to it.”
Turns out that Gerhart isn’t unknown to Branan.
The senator told an investigator that Gerhart was in a “Rolodex of crazy people” — not the first time tea party members have been classified in such a manner.
Gerhart argued that it was a First Amendment issue, the judge didn’t see it that way.