Victim of SEIU Attack Kenneth Gladney to Join Tea Party Express


Victim of Beating by SEIU Supporters Outside
Townhall Forum to Join National Tea Party Tour

The Tea Party Express (website: is proud to announce that Mr. Kenneth Gladney will be joining the nationwide Tea Party tour hosting 35 rallies across the country, set to launch this Friday, August 28.

On Thursday August 6, 2009, Kenneth Gladney was beaten by SEIU thugs after a Russ Carnahan town hall meeting in St. Louis.

Although he was too weak to speak after his public beating on Thursday, Kenneth Gladney attended the protest against SEIU violence on Saturday in St. Louis. Kenneth was beaten, kicked and called racist names by Russ Carnahan’s SEIU supporters after the town hall meeting in August.

Kenneth Gladney didn’t expect to be the victim of an angry mob when he went to a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri). While selling “Don’t Tread on Me” flags outside the town hall forum, he was physically and verbally attacked by members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who knocked Gladney to the ground and proceeded to punch and kick him.

Mr. Gladney joins the Tea Party Express to continue exercising his free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. He will encourage attendees at the tea party rallies to also exercise their own free speech rights and to contribute to the dialogue about the important policy issues now facing Americans.

“Kenneth Gladney was attacked for doing nothing more than exercising his right to free speech and engage in commerce. These are fundamental American rights that all of us should cherish and protect,” said Deborah Johns, Vice Chairman of the Our Country Deserves Better Committee which is organizing the “Tea Party Express.” Ms. Johns is also a Marine Mom, whose son, William, is currently serving in the United States Marines including multiple tours of duty in the War on Terror.

“My son has served multiple tours of duty overseas in the War on Terror. He has risked his life so that all Americans may retain the rights our Founding Fathers intended for them. However, some of President Obama’s supporters – who once argued that dissent is patriotic – now show zero tolerance for anyone not advocating complete support for the President’s big-government agenda,” said Ms. Johns.

“If President Obama’s supporters think they can use violence to silence the backlash against his policies of tax-spend-bailout, they are sadly mistaken. We are all Kenneth Gladney, and we at the Tea Party Express will stand with him and his right to speak his mind without fear of violence or intimidation,” said Johns.

The Tea Party Express supports patriots like Mr. Gladney, and is delighted to welcome him aboard the tour. Mr. Gladney will join the tour in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 31st, and continue on to the grand finale event – a March on Washington on September 12, 2009.

The Tea Party Express caravan, which features two 45-foot coaches, several RVs/motorhomes, minivans, SUVs, motorcycles and passenger vehicles will travel from August 28 to September 12 on a mission to unify, educate, and most importantly encourage Americans to continue their opposition of deficit spending, government-run healthcare, and irresponsible bailouts. The tour will culminate with the massive “9/12 March on Washington” event organized by a group of influential grassroots organizations.

To get more information about joining the “Tea Party Express” or to schedule an interview with a representative from the tour, please contact Levi Russell at (509) 979-6615 or via email at: [email protected]

Kenneth- We all hope you are highly compensated.

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