Republican Rep. David Kustoff of Tennessee knew that going into the town hall meeting with his constituents at the University of Tennessee at Martin might turn into a trial by fire. He assumed he got off lightly compared to Tom MacArthur. Unfortunately, there was a constituent that felt her voice was not clear enough.
After he left the campus, Wendy L. Wright of Obion County, Tennessee, followed the Congressman and his aide southbound on Highway 45. According to the Weakly County Sheriff’s Department, Wright frightened the Congressman and his aide by making them think they were being forced off the road, causing them to avoid her and pull into a driveway.
This would not deter her, as she blocked them in, got out of her vehicle and began screaming and hitting the windows of the vehicle. She even went as far as attempting to reach inside the vehicle. The congressman attempted to keep her on the scene while contacting 911. She left the area before deputies arrived.
Wright got taken into custody after posting details of the incident on her Facebook page. She is charged with felony reckless endangerment and was released from custody after posting a $1000.00 bond.
You may read the Weakly County Sheriff’s Department press release below:
The Town hall meeting was conducted after Kustoff’s vote for the GOP health care bill that placed the majority of his constituents and their families at risk of losing health care.
While I may not condone her violence, the GOP should have known that their callous health care bill was not going to go over well with the American people. Growing up I use to hear a saying that I am sure that Kustoff and members of his party may have heard as well but now may have forgotten. “Never get between a momma bear and her cubs.”
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