Part of a display for “WV GOP Day” at the Legislature, the signs and pamphlets included statements connecting the religious faith of a U.S. congresswoman from Minnesota to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The House sergeant-at-arms, Anne Lieberman, resigned Friday after one delegate alleged she said that “all Muslims are terrorists.”
…“It’s ugly; it’s hateful; and there’s absolutely no place for it in American politics,” said Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha. “Not in the country that I love. Not in the state that I love. We all give up our time during this time of year to come up here and serve our constituents because we love this state. Well, I love everybody in the state, no matter what they look like, who they pray to, who they love. I’m tired of it. It disgusts me.”
…Del. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, said doorkeepers and Lieberman went “nose-to-nose with members.” …He said he kicked open the door into the chamber, suggesting a doorkeeper would not let him inside.
…Belinda Biafore, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, also released a statement. She condemned the signs and said, “This isn’t about freedom of speech; this is about hate speech.”