At least two people who say they were handing out fliers critical of Rep. Mary Bono Mack’s voting record were removed from a local veterans’ expo on Saturday.
Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron confirmed that event organizers asked police to respond to the event, held at the county fairgrounds, after two people were making “derogatory, offensive remarks” and handing out fliers without permission.
There were no arrests. Guitron did not know the name of the group or what the leaflets said.
However, Tom Swann of Veterans for Peace said he was one of three people “escorted off the county property” after handing out what he called the congresswoman’s “poor voting record on veteran issues.”
“I did not cause a disturbance,” Swann said in a weekend email. “I am disturbed that Rep. Mary Bono-Mack would vote against the veterans jobs act and vote against an increase in combat pay for our soldiers.”
Bono Mack was at Saturday’s expo. Her aides said it was part of her legislative efforts, but the Palm Springs Republican also touted it as part of her campaign efforts against Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz.
“As a nation we owe those men and women who served this country our deepest gratitude and our strongest commitment to their well being, especially if they were injured due to their service,” Bono Mack states on her official website.
“This means access to quality medical care and better services for our men and women who served this country during its time of need. I am proud of what this Congress has done for our nation’s veterans and we will continue to work on their behalf.”