UPDATE: Filner told CityBeat that Popaditch shoved him. (see below)
Popaditch supporter calls for ‘armed rebellion’ after electoral defeat.
The incident the other night at Election Central at Golden Hall where defeated tea bagger Nick Popaditch and his supporters corralled, harassed, and shoved the winner of the Congressional race Bob Filner up against a column, has not been covered by the mainstream media. Except for the OB Rag, the San Diego CityBeat, East County Magazine, and the Chula Vista Star News, San Diego and national press have ignored this violent and anti-Semitic incident against a sitting member of the US House of Representatives. (The OB Rag – with the help of CityBeat and others – broke this story.)
The story also has even more ugliness and a deep undertone of white supremacy. Filner beat Popaditch by twenty percentage points in the 51st Congressional District race.
Apparently, Popaditch has some white supremacist supporters – one of whom has posted a video about the incident and calls for “armed rebellion.”
It has also come out that Popaditch supporters yelled anti-Semitic chants at Filner – who is Jewish – spit on him, and in general caused the most violence ever witnessed at Golden Hall in the aftermath of local elections.
Dave Maass of San Diego CityBeat has been following this story and filed this report, along with new a new vid.
As Maass points out, there is irony in the fact that Popaditch has Nazi-like supporters while being surrounded himself the night of the incident by Asian bodyguards.
We at the OB Rag are trying to track down part of the story from the other night that Popaditch himself shoved Filner. Supposedly, a member of Filner’s staff witnessed this violent behavior by a tea party politician, and repeated what they saw to others – two of whom have emailed us. I spoke to the staff person this morning, but they could not talk to the press. I’m currently waiting for either an interview with Representative Filner or more of his staff to flush out this story.
Apparently, according to the East County Magazine:
“Filner told CityBeat that he was shoved by Popaditch.”
Meanwhile, Filner is not hiding, as he is out there in the community and will be attending an event Saturday morning.