Part of the Bay Area News Group

Tim Pawlenty glitter-bombed by activists in SF

By Josh Richman
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 2:03 pm in 2012 presidential election, same-sex marriage.

Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was sprinkled with glitter and confetti by a pair of gay-rights activists today in San Francisco.

Pawlenty was attending the American’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute 2011 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center when he was approached by activists Nancy Mancias, 41, and Chelsea Byers, 24, both of San Rafael, from the women’s peace group CODEPINK. “Where’s your courage to stand up for gay and reproductive rights? Welcome to San Francisco, home of gay hero Harvey Milk!” they said as they were being led away.

In a news release issued after the incident, the activists said they were inspired by another glitter attack mounted against Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich last month in Minneapolis.

“We are on the cusp of a important civil rights movement and Pawlenty wants to end it. He has expressed his desire to reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’”, Mancias said in the release. “He’s vetoed equal rights legislation in his home state of Minnesota.”

UPDATE @ 3:10 P.M.: All glitter aside, Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse issued a statement noting Pawlenty was in San Francisco to speak to health insurance executives, “and he’s getting paid to do it.”

Woodhouse noted Pawlenty recently endorsed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Republican budget plan that would convert Medicare into a voucher system for future generations.

“Perhaps being bought and paid for by the health insurance executives is something Tim Pawlenty is fine being known for, but it won’t help future seniors who will be forced to pay more for less in terms of health care if Republicans get their way and end Medicare,” Woodhouse said. “Perhaps pocketing thousands of dollars in cash to give a speech outlining his plan to repeal health reform is a plus for Tim Pawlenty, but it won’t help seniors afford their prescription drugs or preventive care, it won’t help young people access health insurance and it won’t help people being denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition.”

Pawlenty campaign spokesman Alex Conant quickly returned fire.

“This lame attack is just more evidence that President Obama has a campaign plan, not an economic plan,” Conant said via e-mail. “Given the inordinate amount of attention the DNC spends on Governor Pawlenty, it’s clear they recognize that Pawlenty’s record of results is a stark contrast to Obama’s empty rhetoric. We’re not going to be lectured by Democrats who have failed to address out-of-control health care costs, deficits and unemployment.”

Conant declined to comment on the glitter-bombing.

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

  • John W

    Unacceptable behavior. Doesn’t help the cause. Besides, the real issue for today is that T-Paw was spending his time cozying up to the health insurers.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    These Code Pinko “activists” should be prosecuted. No one has the right to disrupt peaceful, democratic assembly. Having seen Code Pinko in action on a dozen occasions, they are no more “peace” advocates than the KKK stood for human rights.

  • John W

    “No one has the right to disrupt…”

    I assume that thought applies to the Freedomworks/Tea Party town howlers who shouted down members of Congress and other speakers at town hall meetings in summer ’09 and then criticized those members of Congress for resorting to alternative formats such as conference calls or McNerney-style small group meetings.

    But I agree there should be zero tolerance for any type of physical assault on an elected official, even one as seemingly mild as the glitter thing. It must be very frightening to be on the receiving end of something like that, not knowing exactly what will ensue — especially after what happened in AZ. Do that and get booked into jail for a few days while the DA decides whether to prosecute.