Victims Of '98 Attack Ask Unions To Reject Violence
Teri Adams and Don Adams, Co-Founders of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, who were viciously beaten by members of Teamsters Local 115 while protesting Bill Clinton at the height of the Lewinsky scandal in 1998, are calling on Unions and their supporters to stop employing violence or threats of violence as they did in Lansing, Mich, Dec. 12.
"The Union assault, which occurred this week in Lansing, fits a pattern of Union violence that takes place in Democrat controlled cities during Democrat Presidential Administrations after prominent local elected officials give the signal," said Teri Adams.
"In 1998, during the Clinton administration, Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell commanded Teamsters to "drown out [Clinton] protesters" at a rally outside Philadelphia's City Hall. The Teamsters then proceeded to assault several protesters, including my brother and I, who were jumped and viciously beaten.
"Two days ago, under the Obama Administration, Democrat State Rep. Douglas Geiss threatened, "there will be blood, there will be repercussions," in Lansing if Right to Work legislation were to pass. Sure enough, within hours of the bill's enactment, several Right to Work supporters were assaulted at a rally.
"Of course, just last year in Detroit, none other than Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. declared 'war' on the Tea Party Movement and told a pro-labor crowd to 'take out those sons of b-----s before introducing President Obama'" said Ms. Adams.
"President Obama should have condemned Mr. Hoffa's remarks. Instead, he thanked the IBT President--which can only mean one thing. Mr. Obama agreed with the 'war' premise.
"My brother, Don, and I fought the Teamsters, for over a decade, in order to keep union thuggery in check. As a result of our actions, five members of Local 115 were eventually convicted of assault and, in 2008, the Teamsters were forced to settle a civil law suit in which Mr. James Hoffa, Jr. was named," said Ms. Adams.
"But the wheels of justice were particularly slow as the Democrat Administrations controlling Philadelphia and Washington, DC, were reluctant, or downright refused, to prosecute the Teamster thugs."
News clips stemming from the '98 attack in Philly.