On Friday, our office was short staffed (four were attending community events and meeting with people in the St Louis area), and the protestors were frustrated with our inability to meet with them when they arrived. They began banging on windows and doors and ringing the buzzer, so that the two staffers in the office could not focus on the phones, that were ringing constantly. They asked the police to help calm the situation, and when one of our staff got back to the office at around noon she met with representatives of the group, and we have scheduled another meeting with the group.As for flipping the tea-party folks the bird, McCaskill writes:
Our office only occupies the first floor, and a marketing and advertising firm has the office space above us on the second floor. They acknowledged that one of the men that works in their offices made the gesture and they closed their blinds. (On the first floor our blinds are always closed). It' s confusing because the signage makes it look like we occupy both floors.And, finally, here's how the St. Louis Tea Party calmly reflected on the incident on their blog:
The cowardly liars who work for Senator McCaskill locked the doors and called the police...We threatened all right. We threaten the political careers of tinpot dictators like Barack Obama and his lackies like "Acorn" McCaskill...Let's have people at each of her public appearances. Let's populate the restaurants where she eats with Tea Partiers. Let's visit her every day until she shakes like $12 electric toothbrush (huh??) at the sound of the word "tea." Let's make her a prisoner of her Washington, DC, home. Let's drive this witch from public life!But, wait! There's more...
All you people who want more to do, here's your chance: Make McCaskill's life a living hell! Then we'll turn our steely focus on that silly bastard Russ Carnahan, the biggest joke of a politician since Pat Paulson.