In 2009, when Congressman Joe
Walsh Wilson (R-SC) shouted 'You lie!' at President Obama during the State of the Union address, progressives across the country responded by sending small donations to his Democratic opponent, Rob Miller. Within the first hours, the donations totaled over $100,000 - sending a clear message to Congressman Wilson and his pals.
In the early days of BlueOregon, when we were besieged by right-wing anonymous trolls, we created something called the "Troll Defense Fund" - and our fans would chip in a few bucks to Democratic candidates in Oregon whenever some troll would show up calling people names for no good reason. It was VERY effective at stopping them in their tracks (at least for a little while.)
In the closing hours of the legislative session, during a heated discussion on the floor of the Oregon House, Rep. Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) hollered "SHUT YOUR MOUTH!" across the floor at Rep. Carolyn Tomei (D-Milwaukie).
Now, Tomei was apparently wandering off topic a bit, earning a gavel from the presiding officer, but Krieger's response was outrageous, sexist, and completely unacceptable.
Worst of all? After losing his cool, Krieger refused to apologize. Tomei responded in an op-ed in the Oregonian:
I was in shock. I was appalled. I can't remember a time in my life when I have been disrespected in that manner; certainly I never thought I would be disrespected in the chamber of the Oregon House of Representatives.
For a century and a half, Oregon's citizen legislators have argued fiercely over politics and policy, fighting for what we believe while remaining respectful of those who disagree.
Limbaugh's audience was larger than Krieger's, but his message was the same: When a woman stands up for something you disagree with, you can bully her into silence. This is unacceptable.
My suggestion? Let's respond to Rep. Krieger in the only way that political bullies understand: Join me and Rep. Tomei in donating to FuturePAC - the Oregon House Democrats' campaign committee. Make a small donation, any amount will do!
Shut your mouth? No, we'll be opening our wallets.