Attorney Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center alleged that Coldwater City Manager Jeff Budd objected because the Common Sense Patriots of Branch County were “too political” and “too controversial.”
Budd didnâ€™t respond to an email seeking comment. Heather Peet was the only person of the nine-member City Council to respond to an email seeking comment. She referred questions to John Hutchinson, the cityâ€™s legal counsel. Hutchinson didnâ€™t respond to a phone message left at his law office or an email.
In a Nov. 2 memo to the City Council, Budd stated the “administrative headaches” of increased requests to have banners in the park led the city to either “allow all banners or no banners.”
As you can imagine, there is a lawsuit underway…initiated by the Common Sense Patriots of Branch County…and well there should be. Clearly there can be no justification for stripping these Tea Party folks of their 1st amendment rights anymore than anyone ELSE out there who “peaceably assembles” to express themselves and share their opinions with their fellow countrymen.
What will be interesting to see here is whether the City Council will be, in any way, reprimanded…or if our friends in the media will hold these cowards up as some sorts of heroes for trying to silence the very people out there trying to put things right in this country.