One is just not quite sure what to make of the news today. There appear to be a number of things backfiring rather badly on the Democrats today. It must be a day for Halloween madness, I guess. So we had Kerry's implosion, an ambush stunt against George Allen that won't work because the press revealed it was a pre-planned attempt to provoke an incident and this item. The self-styled "Democratic Activist" who leaked George Bush's DUI just days before the 2000 election was just arrested. Why you ask?
Tom Connolly, 49, was charged with criminal threatening, a misdemeanor, and was released after posting $500 bail. He said he intends to plead not guilty.
"There was a First Amendment this morning when I woke up. I don't know how it evaporated with the dawn," Connolly, an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1998, told reporters after his release.
Police said the costume included plastic dynamite, grenades, and a replica of an AK-47 assault rifle.
"The whole thing is just incredibly bizarre," said Police Chief Ed Googins. "It just crossed the line."
The chief said there was no way to tell from a distance if the gun was real or fake.
Connolly also was carrying a sign that said "I love TABOR," a reference to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights on the Maine ballot, but at least one person who saw it thought it said "I love the Taliban," Googins said.
Mr. Connolly is very, very lucky that the police were not jumpy. This is a totally bizarre stunt that raises serious questions about the stability and judgment of this man. On top of being quite dangerous to himself, he could easily have caused an accident. I'm pretty sure his first amendment defense will not wash with this one.