Brown staffer heckled by Warren supporters for being gay

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 11 of October , 2012 at 6:18 pm

Last night Ross Hemminger, Youth Coordinator for the Scott Brown for Senate campaign, was heckled by pro-Warren supporters at the Brown-Warren debate.  A source at the event  told me that the hecklers were union members who were oganized by the Warren campaign for a “stand-out.”

The incident happened when Hemminger started chanting “Go, Scott, go!” on the megaphone.  The Warren supporters chanted back “You sound gay!”  A few others chimed in “You take it up the a**!”

Soon after the incident an email from Warren’s campaign manager was forwarded to me.  It reads:

Ross,

It has come to my attention that some of our supporters made very inappropriate comments to you outside the Springfield debate hall tonight. On behalf of Elizabeth and our campaign, I am writing to express our deepest apologies. Elizabeth completely denounces this kind of behavior, and we are very sorry it occurred.

Sincerely,
Mindy
Mindy Myers
Campaign Manager
Elizabeth for MA

I’ve been told video of the incident is on the way. I’ll post if it becomes available.

Perhaps next time the Warren campaign will be more discerning when organizing their supporters at a public event.

Full disclosure: I am the interim board chair of GOProud, an organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and respect for individual rights.   Hemminger interned for the organization last year. I have not spoken to him about this issue.

UPDATE: Thanks to Twitchy, Instapundit and Weekly Standard (who now has some video of what happened afterwards) for the links.

Category: Tolerance, GOProud, Conservatives I Love

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