Tea Time at the Wrong Table

TEA Party organizer posts wrong address for Va. congressman online

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    A day before Congress passed health care reform, tea partiers gathered on the National Mall to protest what they call "Obamacare."

    It's no surprise that the TEA partiers are upset over the recent passage of health care reform in Congress, but one organizer decided to post Rep. Thomas Perriello's (D-VA) address on his blog so that his constituents could "drop by" the congressman's home to give them their two cents.

    He wrote in his blog: 

    "I personally believe it's so important for representatives to remain fully grounded and to remember exactly what it is their constituents are saying and how they are telling them to vote. Nothing quite does that like a good face-to-face chat."

    Unfortunately, the address that he posted actually belongs to Perriello's brother. His brother and wife have four children under the age of 8. Fortunately for Perriello's brother, there haven't been any visitors, reports POLITICO.

    The TEA Party organizer who posted the memo did not add his name. However, the Lynchburg TEA Party has claimed it was one of its members, Mike Troxel.

    On the chapter's site, the chairman issued a statement saying "Mike Troxel, a participant in the Lynchburg TEA party, posted what he thought was the home address for Tom Perriello after an internet search. His post was not requested, sanctioned or endorsed by the Lynchburg TEA Party."

    It went on to say that Troxel actually responded to the post on his site.

    However, if you try to click on Troxel's blog you get the following message "The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later." So for the time being, no TEA partiers will be visiting the address, correct or incorrect.

    Rep. Perriello commented on the blog asking Troxel to remove the address, but his comment was deleted and the address remains, according to POLITICO.

    Bill Dupray, a conservative commentator wrote on trueslant.com that Perriello has “one of the most public jobs on the planet, a job in which constituents should know where you live.” He added that if Perriello had voted "no" for health care, then the piece wouldn’t have been written, and added, “Votes have consequences.”