AUSTIN (KXAN) - Posters targeting the tea party with offensive slogans were taped to the door of Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Williams' North Texas congressional district office before the staff arrived at work Wednesday.
A news release from the freshman lawmaker whose district stretches from the Austin area to Fort Worth called the action "an anti-Republican hate crime." The printed posters targeted the government shutdown and carried the message "We've had enough tea, thanks," and also contained handwritten messages.
"It's time for your recall," said one (see second photo). "You represent us, not your party," another said. Other messages were far less polite. Tea bags were also hung from the door jamb and door handle at the Cleburne office. Williams called them "shameful displays."
“Hundreds of thousands of Americans are deeply affected by the government shutdown," he said in the news release, "and I’m working with my colleagues in the House to get the government running again. With so much uncertainty, I understand that tensions are high, but this type of behavior cannot and will not be tolerated. Not by anyone."
Williams said he is among the Republican lawmakers seeking to "defund, repeal and dismantle Obamacare at every turn." The effort, opposed by the president and most congressional Democrats, is tied to the government shutdown."
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