Last week, MSNBC’s blowhard Chris Matthews came out in support of the Tea Party: “This looking down our noses at the Tea Party people has got to stop. They have a message, they’re as American as any liberal is, and they’re really angry about the failure of the system.”
While Matthews realizes that the Tea Party is here to stay, apparently Tea Party persecution is here to stay as well.
A police chief in western Wisconsin is being accused of using a Tea Party activist’s personal information to open accounts on pornographic, dating and insurance websites, after the activist filed a federal lawsuit against the chief.
Town of Campbell Chief Tim Kelemen used Tea Party activist Greg Luce’s email to establish profiles on Match.com and Selectquote.com to generate harassing solicitations, according to police investigation reports. He also visited sexually explicit pages and posted negative comments about Luce on the LaCrosse Tribune’s website using the username “Bill O’Reilly.”
Kelemen admitted to using Luce’s email on websites, but he said he didn’t realize the conduct was illegal, the LaCrosse Tribune reported. He said it was done after Luce filed suit in February against the town of Campbell, Kelemen and an officer over an ordinance that prohibits signs on a pedestrian bridge across Interstate 90 where Luce and other patriots held protests against President Obama. Kelemen justified his actions, because he said Luce had been harassing the department. Kelemen told investigators “he felt it was the only way to get back at him.”
In October of last year, Kelemen threatened Luce with a ticket for participating in an overpass demonstration, which are not allowed due to safety concerns. After that run-in, Kelemen said that the police department have been inundated with Internet harassment, including online death threats, and attempts to access the department’s computer system and the chief’s personal bank account, James Birnbaum said. Kelemen reported the activity to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Currently Kelemen is on paid leave. Monroe County investigators recommended Kelemen face a criminal charge.
La Crosse police launched an investigation in January when Luce discovered someone had used his name and email address to register him on pornography and dating websites and on healthcare.gov.
This story piggybacks the unfair scrutiny put on Tea Party groups who applied for non-profit status through the IRS.