I just sent the following email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com about my arrest on Monday. I’ll update with any responses I receive.
Dear Romney staff,
My name is Matt Bieber, and I’m a divinity school student with a keen interest in politics. On Monday, I was removed from Gov. Romney’s event at the Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Company and then arrested. According to the arresting officer, someone on the campaign had ‘identified’ me as a protester at the governor’s offices in Manchester. This was news to me – I hadn’t even been aware that there’d been protests at his offices!
I hadn’t come to New Hampshire to protest, but to listen and learn (and to share some of my experiences on my blog). In fact, I’d come to your offices on Friday to pick up some literature (where I had a pleasant conversation with a young volunteer). I’d also attended Saturday’s debate watch party and had a great time talking with your supporters and staff. I was hoping Monday’s event might be a nice opportunity to see and hear Governor Romney in person.
I’ve written about Monday’s events, but I wanted to offer you the opportunity to respond. Can you please explain why I was removed from the event, and why no one from the campaign was willing to speak to me? If I try to attend another Romney event in the future, can I expect the same treatment?