June 22, 2014 5:07 pm -

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Police Chief Tim Keleman was a happy Republican working hard to keep the little town of Campbell, Wisconsin a safe and friendly place to live. Then he ran into the Tea Party that drove him so crazy with their madness he disavowed his GOP membership and now faces firing from his job after a humorous, albeit inappropriate, attempt at retribution.

You see, the local Tea Party decided that their first amendment right to hate on President Obama trumps any sort of public safety issue that might arise from their demonstrations. They insist on hanging anti-Obama signs from a highway overpass any time they want, despite warnings of a potential hazard to motorists below.

La Crosse Tea Party members held at least five protests on the overpass between August and October, according to court documents. Kelemen noticed interstate traffic slowed in response to the protesters’ signs and banners. Concerned the protests were creating a safety hazard, he convinced the town board to pass an ordinance in October banning signs, banners and flags on the bridge.

Well, it’s their party and they’ll cry if they want to and, of course, the Tea Partiers took great offense to the ban. When you tread on the Tea Party it’s easy to guess what comes next.

Tea party supporters flooded the five-officer department with complaints; some threatened the officers with death, according to Kelemen’s records. Someone also tried to hack into his personal bank accounts and a department computer, the chief said.

Clearly frustrated, the small town police chief enacted his own retribution by registering a top Tea Party official on a gay dating website. That went over about as well as could be expected and now the lawyers are involved.

“This reaction by a public officer, I don’t know how to describe it. Just extremely unfortunate and poor decision-making,” said Erin Mersino, attorney for local tea party leader Greg Luce. Keleman’s lawyer, Jim Birnbaum, counters that the tea party pushed his client to the edge. “There’s a major difference between an exercise of poor judgment and a crime,” Birnbaum said. “They’re under fire with threats. The tea party invited the wolves out of the forest.”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

No responses to Wisconsin Police Chief And Tea Party Battle Over Bridge Signs and Gay Dating Websites

  1. Obewon June 22nd, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    After 5 protests 17 showed up to support criminal Tea Party members hacking bank accounts and a Police Department computer, plus TP murdering two Las Vegas Police Officers! They’re why so many dumped today’s GOP swearing to never again vote for any TP GOP ever! These fools drew nearly the same crowd as Operation american Spring-fails 2 dozen.

  2. Maxx44 June 22nd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Where were these idiots when Dubya was making a mockery of the constitution?

  3. BillTheCat45 June 22nd, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    These are the overpass losers who think that by hanging a sign over a busy road, people will give a damn about their little crusade. The only attention they get is derisive laughter.

    • Foundryman June 22nd, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      And an occasional middle finger whenever I see them….

  4. arc99 June 22nd, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    The Cliven Bundy syndrome is apparently contagious.

    Why do right wingers think they are entitled to break the law and not have to deal with the consequences?

    • raincheck1956 July 4th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      My guess is .. at least as far as I know, not one person was arrested for doing what they did (pointing guns at officials N stuff) Has anyone heard of anyone getting arrested over that incident? It would be a huge mistake to let that go without any arrests…

  5. Walter Schoff June 22nd, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Boy, they play some serious dodgeball out there…

  6. Dawn June 22nd, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    They don’t like having a taste of their own medicine, do they! BAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  7. Roctuna June 22nd, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Let’s see, which law(s) should we choose to disavow today? Local? State? Federal? One of each? I’m open to suggestions.

  8. fancypants June 23rd, 2014 at 1:09 am

    #Tea party occupy overpass

  9. Judy Jackson June 23rd, 2014 at 3:35 am

    These idiots are doing the same thing in my mom’s city. The overpasses there don’t have the covered sides & there have been several times when protestors have nearly fallen over the edge onto the highway below. My personal thoughts would be to let them fall, clean up the gene pool a bit. The Tea Party will be the ruin of the GOP.