League of Women Voters member Kathy Tate-Bradish moderated a recent 8th Congressional District debate in Grayslake featuring U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean, a Democrat from Barrington, Republican Joe Walsh of McHenry and the Green Party’s Bill Scheurer. She’s been criticized for obstructing a request to say the Pledge of Allegiance before the debate of the 8th Congressional District on October 21.
SOMEONE FROM THE AUDIENCE: Are we going to say the Pledge of Allegiance
TATE-BRADISH: No we are not. Excuse me, I have nothing for or against saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of something like this, but in fact that has never been part …
[INTERRUPTED WITH PLEDGE]
AUDIENCE: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
In the video segement, Glenn Beck immediately asks, “Who is not for or against the Pledge of Allegiance?” Then the program cuts back to the incident before the debate showing TATE-BRADISH lecturing the audience.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I hope. I hope. That that will be te last time that I am disrespected. There is certainly no disrespect [heckle] Excuse me! Excuse me! There is no disrespect to the flag when something in a forum, which does not typically begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, doesn’t begin with it. There’s no disrespect intended.
— Kathy Tate-Bradish
Illinois League of Women Voters Executive Director Jan Czarnik called the incident phony patriotism by supporters of the Joe Walsh campaign.
Glenn Beck explains in the segment that Tate-Bradish is a staunch support of President Barack Obama’s election campaign. In 2007 Bradish hosted a campaign event at her home for Organizing for America’s Hope, Action, Change campaign.
In the video segment Glenn Beck reports that Jan Czarnik worked with ACORN’s Project Vote funded by TIDES. She is also a member of the People for the American Way (funded by George Soros) and the Democracy Alliance (funded by George Soros).
ALIPAC VIDEO: Left leaning League of Women voters forum gets a surprise when American Patriots refuse to omit the pledge of allegiance from a formal gathering dealing with high level political office in America.
Wednesday and Thursday, Tate-Bradish and Jan Czarnik file complaints of death threats with law officers
League of Women Voters member Tate-Bradish filed a report about Internet death threats Wednesday with Evanston police.
League of Women Voters Illinois Executive Director Jan Czarnik filed a report claiming she and Kathy Tate-Bradish received Internet death threats as a consequence of the controversy at the debate. Czarnik also reported ‘menacing’ posts on Fox News Channel’s Facebook page and Glenn Beck’s website, The Blaze.
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