According to 9News.com, the Secret Service is still investigating claims that some people were removed from President Bush's Social Security "town hall" meeting last week in Colorado:
Some people who have
stood up to disrupt Bush while he was talking have been removed. But a group
called Americans United to Protect Social Security said there have been at
least two instances where people have been removed or barred from a Bush event
In February, a "black list" of people banned from getting tickets was obtained and published by the Forum newspaper. The White House and the Republican Party denied such a list existed and Gov. John Hoeven's staff said no one was denied tickets.
Brad Woodhouse, a spokesman for Americans United, called the Denver example the most egregious violation.
"They're screening the people who are allowed to come and then they're profiling them in the parking lot," he said. "It's quite extraordinary, and disappointing."
As we reported here before, Republicans have not been standing up in arms to defend Bush's Social Security plan, which is not polling well nationwide, and if these stories continue to gain traction it may put Colorado Republicans in a tough spot. Congressman Bob Beauprez, who does not want to engage wholeheartedly in this debate in advance of his gubernatorial run, can't be happy about this, especially considering the tickets came from his office.