Rep. Denham: I don’t need no steenkin cupcakes

Going to the dogs? Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. with Lily, his French bulldog.

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) says its members experienced “completely inappropriate and hostile resistance from Congressman Denham’s office” Tuesday morning:

  • Cupcake and card delivery blocked from Congressman Denham’s office
  • Constituents not allowed to enter the congressional office buliding without appointment
  • Caution tape blocking off lawn and parking lot
  • Handicapped parking spaces denied for constituents with handicapped placards
  • Three officers called to the site

“Outside Congressman Jeff Denham’s office, retired constituents rallying for healthcare and social security were met with three officers and throngs of caution tape.  When supporters of California Alliance for Retired Americans arrived, security personnel were taping off parking lots and grassy areas near the office building. Even visitors with handicapped placards were told that they cannot park in the handicapped parking nearest to the building.

“Seniors were not allowed inside the office building containing Congressman Jeff Denham’s district office.  These constituents– mostly women, mostly disabled — intended to deliver a card and a batch of sugar-free cupcakes to the office staff to celebrate the 52nd birthday of Medicare/Medicaid, and the 82nd birthday of Social Security.  Officers escorted in a few select representatives who had previously met with Denham’s staff — but the cupcakes were forbidden.

“It seems that Congressman Denham and his staff are rattled by increasing innocuous and peaceful gestures.  A week ago there was a peaceful demonstration involving balloons on Congressman Denham’s birthday, and six officers were called to the site when constituents delivered balloons into the office.  Congressman Denham seems to be scared of senior handicapped women delivering cupcakes and balloons and speaking out against his healthcare vote.

“I’ve been advocating for these issues for 50 years; I’ve never been escorted into a congressional office by a sheriff before,” says Nan Brasmer, Manteca constituent and President of California Alliance for Retired Americans. “It’s just infuriating that Denham is acting this way.  They just don’t want to hear us tell them that we don’t like what they’re doing.”

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