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Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal sat on the front row of a Republican Candidate meet and greet and watched as Dawson County Deputy Tony Wooten removed video journalist Nydia Tisdale from Burt’s Pumpkin Farm.
Here's how it started,with Clint Bearden introducing Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens who proceeded to give his stump speech ...
When talking about Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn, referring to the Chamber of Commerce debate between Perdue and Nunn, Hudgens said listening to Nunn
“I thought I was going to absolutely puke.”
Hudgens looked at Tisdale and said
“I don’t know why you’re video taping?”

This comment from Hudgens noticeably changed the mood in the room about Tisdale recording the event, especially for Bearden. Hudgens introduced Richard Woods. While Woods was speaking Bearden went and sat next to Tisdale, and according to Tisdale he asked her to stop videoing or she would have to leave. Tisdale told him that she was invited and would not stop.

Follow the orange squiggle to see what happened on the downhill slope:

As Woods continued to speak Bearden went to Deputy Wooten for assistance. I then watched Bearden go and speak to the property owners Johnny and Kathy Burt. By this time Labor Commissioner Mark Butler had started speaking. Bearden returned and said something to Wooten. At this time both Bearden and Wooten approached Tisdale. Wooten told her she had to turn the camera off. Tisdale refused and continued to video. Wooten started to try to remove the camera from Tisdale’s hands. When she refused and struggled to keep the camera running, Wooten started physically removing her from the event. Tisdale physically resisted being removed turning the camera on Wooten screaming,
“identify yourself, who are you?”
Butler paused as everyone watched Tisdale struggling with Wooten. Deputy Wooten then physically removed Tisdale as she continued to scream and video him.
The only glimmer of sanity came when Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, obviously realizing that these kind of antics were problematic for a party that talks so much about "freedumb" :
Olens tooked the microphone and looked around the crowd like did anyone else see what I just saw? Respecting the Burt’s private property rights he made the following statement.

“Let me be possibly politically incorrect here for a second. If we stand for anything as a party what are we afraid of with the lady having a camera filming us? What are we saying here that shouldn't be on film? What message are we sending? Cause it’s private property they shouldn't be filming? What is the harm? The harm that this poses is far greater than her filming us. What are we hiding? If we are telling you why we are running and what we stand for, what are we hiding?”

Pointing in the direction from where Tisdale was drug away,
“there is no reason for that, that is not right”
. Olens continued,
“ It is private property. The private property owner has the right to not have the person there. Who is the winner in the long run? Not a good move.”

All I can say is "Wow"!
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  •  So will the GOP 2016 Primary be televised? (14+ / 0-)

    Or will it happen at a secret undisclosed location?

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 10:29:41 AM PDT

  •  Good point he makes at the end. (4+ / 0-)

    OT, but I felt the same, in a way, when they would not let Jill Stein into the debates.   Bad move. She was on the ballot for 85% of the voters. But no.

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    by divineorder on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 10:39:21 AM PDT

    •  By rule, 3rd party candidates are bad for majors (3+ / 0-)
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      divineorder, VPofKarma, Mannie

      They are too afraid of losing their major party status if people find out there are other viewpoints that better represent their beliefs.  Personally, I would like a law that says if you are mathematically capable of becoming president, you should be required to participate in debates.

  •  Olens must have had deja vu feeling about it (9+ / 0-)
    On Thursday, August 21st Judge Robert Adamson ruled in favor of Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed in June 2012 against the City of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt for violations of the Open Meetings Act.
    At a Cumming City Council meeting on April 17, 2012, Mayor Gravitt demanded that citizen Nydia Tisdale cease filming the meeting and subsequently ordered her to leave the meeting. Ms. Tisdale returned to the meeting with another hand held camera and was again told to stop recording the meeting. Georgia's Open Meetings Act expressly provides that visual and sound recording during open meetings shall be permitted.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 10:43:08 AM PDT

    •  Same journalist as well - Nydia Tisdale (5+ / 0-)

      was the same one expelled this time. So I can see the deja vu thing. Thanks for sharing that article.
      Olens is kind of a "mainstream" Republican, not quite as rabid as your typical Tea Party types. But the crowd he hangs out with, well.... that's another story. So based on  the birds of a feather thing, it kind of detracts from his Mr. reasonable / good cop schtick

  •  Umm, bad optics, but I gotta assume that (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Mannie, orange dog

    Burt's Pumpkin farm is a private venue, and therefore they were w/in their rights to require that she not video, and that she leave.

    The Press is free to say anything, but not to be anywhere.

    •  Burt's is private property, this was public event (1+ / 0-)
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      orange dog

      Burt's is private property, however, this was a public event, advertised (even by Ms. Tisdale on her website and her social media, as she is non-partisan) and we were all invited.

      Ms. Tisdale was sitting on the front row beside the Governor and his wife, and she had met the owners (Burt and his wife) and was entirely in her rights to film, as others were.

      Here's the deal: Georgia's corrupt insurance commissioner, who along with the Governor, is denying 650,000 people health coverage, and bankrupting local hospitals, had just made some redneck remark about how candidate Michelle Nunn's campaign video made him want to puke. Then he sees the camera, and then, from the podium, questions why this is being taped.

      Following the next GOP candidate's stump speech, Bearden confronts Ms. Tisdale, and then the rent-a-deputy infringes on her rights and ultimately assaults her. GOP women are heard laughing as she screams while ethe deputy drags her to the nearby barn and tries to wrench her shoulder out of it's socket. It's all on the tape.

      This is an outrage, and this should be national news. It shows how little character and how little manhood Governor Deal, Congressman Collins, and the whole sorry lot of GOP candidates have. Our top state officials.

      Burt never asked Ms. Tisdale to leave; they did ask the deputy to release her, but redneck county duty Wooten, high on his power, had to drag her off for a FELONY OBSTRUCTION CHARGE! The Sheriff also has seized her camera (evidence) and won't release it.

      Fortunately, another journalist was taping it all, or Ms. Tisdale would be steamrolled by the cops and the GOP.

      Here's the newly posted arrest record, and more:

      What a sorry lot of "public" officials.

  •  Be afraid, Republicans. Be very afraid. (3+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, Mannie, orange dog

    Karma is a bitch.

    " Armageddon could be knocking at my door. But I ain't gonna answer that's for sure." - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Kristen Hall

    by rustypatina on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 10:57:31 AM PDT

  •  that olens guy is not a "real republican" (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, Mannie, cosette
  •  Journalist was jailed. From the diary link: (5+ / 0-)
    Tisdale the owner of has attended many of the candidate’s events. She videos them and uploads the videos to her website. Several of the candidates know her. She is a non-partisan video journalist.

    Tisdale was taken to jail in Dawson County and charged with felony obstruction of an officer and criminal trespass. Tisdale bonded out at 12:40 Sunday morning. Dawson County took Tisdale’s video camera as evidence. The camera has the full incident recorded on it. FYN spoke to Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle Saturday night. Carlisle refused to comment and referred us to his public information officer on Monday.

    This report on

    The journalist providing this report noted that he/she also had video camera in plain view during the event.  

    Popcorn my ass, this is plain scary.

    •  Yep, pretty freaky I didn't mean to trivialize (3+ / 0-)
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      Mannie, pvasileff, worldlotus

      There is an audio interview by another journalist interviewing Ms. Tisdale.
      this sounds kind of like the "jack booted thugs" that the tin hat crowd keeps warning us about.

      •  orange dog, I know you didn't. It is improtant (1+ / 0-)
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        orange dog

        info you provided while eyes are focused only on the politics I hope what is happening to civil rights is not being overlooked.

        You diary is also perhaps a warning to others to take care when exercising their rights.

        I really appreciate your diary especially so since I live in this state!

  •  Update: Officer that attacked Tisdale on leave... (1+ / 0-)
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    orange dog

    Yep, the GOP is circling the wagons and hiding behind the barn---the Dawson GOP head--a woman!--left the event after the attack on this lady.

    Story here:

    Tisdale would eventually be charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor, and obstructing an officer “by elbowing him in the right cheek area and kicking him in the right shin.” That last one’s a felony.
    ”He didn’t need to have his body pressed against my rear end,” Tisdale said Wednesday.
    Linda Clary Umberger, chairman of the Dawson County GOP, followed the citizen journalist and the officer to an outbuilding. “I watched as a woman was bent over the counter on her face, with an officer over her,” Umberger said. “If I had been her, I would have elbowed him in the face, too.
    “I was so upset at how they handled it – I walked out,” said the county GOP chairman. It was one of those seminal events, she said, likely to split relationships and end friendships. The arresting officer, would report Wednesday, has been suspended pending an internal investigation.

  •  Thank you orange dog for this diary (1+ / 0-)
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    orange dog

    Thank you for keeping this story going so that as many eyes as possible see & share.

    Georgia needs as much help as it can get.  

    Just as important, fellow citizens need to be aware of these abuses and thus be informed and be prepared.

    Recently court (AG!) ruled in her favor wrt  The Open Meetings Act over a similar abuse in Cumming GA in the past.....

    Good on Ms. Tisdale for standing up for her rights.

    •  "Georgia" - Y, I know, I live here (1+ / 0-)
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      And I'm originally from South Carolina to boot, speaking of places that need some help!
      In fact I live only about 25 miles from Burt's Pumpkin farm & about that far away from Dawsonville. I suppose I'll have to find an alternative source of pumpkins this year.
      thanks for the acknowledgement ! I'm not an experienced blogger but when I saw this I knew I had to pipe up. This thing is now viral - it's showing up in my FB feed, no less!

      •  I am a GA transplant as well. Glad this has gone (0+ / 0-)

        viral.  Needs to be kept in the spotlight for as long as possible so people comprehend what is at stake and that no one is apparently immune to abuse of certain rights...

        Keep up the good work, orange dog!

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