A UA student was banned from attending President Bush's Social Security forum at the Tucson Convention Center yesterday.
UA Young Democrat Steven Gerner, a political science and pre-pharmacy sophomore, said he and three other Young Democrats had been waiting in line with their tickets for about 40 minutes when a staff member approached him and asked to read his T-shirt.
Gerner was the only one of the four wearing a UAYD T-shirt, which read, “Don't be a smart (image of a donkey, the Democratic Party symbol). UA Young Democrats.”
Gerner said the staffer, who refused to provide his name, asked for Gerner's ticket and crumpled it up.
Taxpayers paid for this event — it's not a campaign rally. And I don't care if the White House says it's over-zealous local people doing this — first of all there's a pattern and practice of this behavior at Bush events. Second, if it is unsanctioned then taking the ticket and ripping it up is a criminal act. Let's see a prosecution, please.