Video of Al Wynn Incident

I blogged a few days ago on Al Wynn supporters beating up a Donna Edwards volunteer.  Here's video which shows the guy's injuries and the Wynn people being led away. Two people have said that one of Wynn's supporters is identified as Bill Boston.

This adds a new rule of thumb for politicians and youtube.  Make sure your supporters don't beat people up.

Tags: Al Wynn, Donna Edwards, Maryland (all tags)

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Re: Video of Al Wynn Incident

If I might humbly make another additional suggestion to the "make sure your supporters don't beat people up" rule, you should also make sure that your "Community Relations Coordinator" isn't one of the people doing the beatings.  

A rather interesting interpretation of "community relations."

That said, until a police report can be obtained showing that this guy is indeed one of the people responsible for this incident, it's a little troublesome to me that he's being named here.  

Chances are, it's him and there's no problem.

If it's a case of misidentification, though, you're in a position of having fingered someone for a crime he didn't have anything to do with.

Maybe I'm making a bigger deal out of it than necessary, but it just sort of rubs me wrong.  

by Politicalhack06 2006-08-20 07:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Video of Al Wynn Incident

A friend of mine who was present at the event but did not see the incident was shocked when she saw the image of the man identified as Wynn's community relations guy.

This same gentleman had threatened her at a public event four years ago.  She was an activist trying to stop the location of casinos in the area.  Wynn was a vocal advocate in favor of the cainos.  This same man who four years later would be identified by the Edwards campaign worker as the attacker, came up to my friend and told her something like, we know who you are and we don't like you. You better stop what you are doing.  My friend asked him who he was, and he said, "My name is Street Dog."  My friend asked some political people she knew at the event who the man was.  Several told her that he was on Wynn's staff.  She went up to Street Dog and told him, it's good to know you are on Wynn's staff.  That should put some restraint on you.  He said, there are a lot of us Street Dogs and none of us like you.  You better stop what you are doing."

It is important to know that after this man beat up the Edwards campaign worker, although the police handcuffed him, then they let him go.  Wynn is the godfather, he thinks he can do anything he wants.   And it will be true until somebody stops him.  In the days that followed last week's event, Street Dog and crew have continued to put their signs up directly in front of Donna Edwards signs.

The quality of Wynn's campaign is reason enough to vote him out.

But even much more of a reason is his delivering key votes for the Cheney/Bush team from what should be one of the most progressive districts in the US House of Representatives.

by tamandua 2006-08-20 08:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Video of Al Wynn Incident

I had a similar reaction.  I know Donna and am a big  fan.  Very glad that the most decisive beating happened inside.  But the mob mentality of the online reaction is as far from the America I want as tough guy methods of Bush.  His mode is to shoot first and ask questions later, with the questions being limited mostly to a black and white analysis of whose side you are on.

by Orlando 2006-08-21 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Video of Al Wynn Incident

This adds a new rule of thumb for politicians and youtube.  Make sure your supporters don't beat people up.

Youtube is an antidote to the rise of fascism!

by gobacktotexas 2006-08-21 03:33AM | 0 recs
Re: those who do not learn from history

And here I thought this lesson had been learned, nation wide, at the Democratic convention of 1968, when Mayor Richard Daley sent police to beat up protesters outside the convention, and the tv cameras caught it all on film.

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-21 06:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Video of Al Wynn Incident

Wow, that was disturbing. I like how they kept smirking about it.  Classy.

America's Least Wanted

by budpaul 2006-08-21 09:02AM | 0 recs
And that, my friends,

is the rule of law, alive and well in America!  We still have it.  I don't know how long, but we still have it!  

by Dmitri in San Diego 2006-08-21 10:31AM | 0 recs

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