The “Denver Three” — local activists who were ejected from Bush’s town hall social security meeting in Denver in March, 2005 — are headed to Washington, D.C. today, where they will attempt to deliver a letter to the White House in which they request answers regarding the identity of the Republican staffer who posed as a Secret Service agent and forced them to leave the event.
The Secret Service has said the man was a host committee staffer but has not released his name. Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., whose office distributed tickets for the event, said the man was not on his staff. The White House has said he was a volunteer but also has not released his name.
On Tuesday, the three will meet with members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation:
Alex Young, Karen Bauer and Leslie Weise say they also plan to meet with members of Colorado’s congressional delegation to push for an investigation about free speech and use of taxpayer money during the town hall meetings, which have been held across the country to push Bush’s Social Security privatization plan.
According to a press release issued this morning, the three will meet with Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO), Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), the Chiefs of Staff for Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO), Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO), Rep. Dianna DeGette (D-CO), Rep. John Salazar (D-CO), and a staff member from Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-CO).
Why is an investigation necessary? For two reasons. First, to find out how much taxpayer money is being expended by President Bush to promote his social security plan. Second, and more importantly, to get to the bottom of the issue of whether individuals are being excluded from publicly funded events because of their political views.
The Denver Three now have their own website, Denver.3.org, with the slogan, “Don’t privatize my freedom.”