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ACORN Thuggery

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Posted on June 15 2009 12:52 am
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Protesters who were part of an angry mob that included many ACORN activists nearly knocked New York state Sen. James Alesi, a Republican, down to the floor and also spat in the face of his chief of staff, according to reports.

The protesters were reportedly upset that two Democratic senators had decided to caucus with Republicans — a move that, when finalized by the state Senate, would hand Republicans control of that body. Majority Democrats have shut down the chamber to prevent the transfer of power.

ACORN’s aggressive, sometimes violent, tactics have been documented extensively here and here. Anything goes, from rude protests to crude intimidation and violence.

In 1995, for instance, ACORN attracted attention when about 500 of its activists stormed the Washington, D.C. Hilton, forcing then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) to cancel a speech he was to give to county commissioners. Demonstrators chanting “Nuke Newt!” grabbed the microphone in the hall and took over the head table. When the speech was cancelled, ACORN activists cheered.

Later that year, ACORN mobilized when a congressional panel began considering reforms to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which many blame for the subprime mortgage bubble and its subsequent collapse. Led by ACORN’s  national president, the ever-confrontational Maude Hurd, the activists commandeered the microphone and chanted, “CRA has got to stay!” and “Banks for greed, not for need!” Arrests followed, and efforts to free the activists were led by ACORN allies Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). The U.S. Capitol Police let the activists go only when Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California), exhibiting her characteristic defiance and political arrogance, showed up at the detention facility and threatened to stay put until the demonstrators were released.

Across the United States, ACORN activists have seized abandoned houses and encouraged homeless people to squat there, claiming these actions would convince authorities to convert the structures into low-income housing.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Barrar, a Republican, is circulating a petition calling on his state’s attorney general to investigate ACORN.

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