See How the Secret Service Silenced Protestors Amid Biden Campaign Stop in CA
Photos: Beth Baumann

On Friday, 31st Congressional Candidate Pete Aguilar held a fundraiser and rally featuring guest speaker Vice President Joe Biden. What the Aguilar campaign wasn’t anticipating? Outspoken conservatives who favor Aguilar’s opponent, Paul Chabot, showing up with Chabot signs.

The Aguilar rally took place at Colton High School in Colton, California. Directly across the street, Chabot supporters stood in the front yard of one of the nearby houses, with permission from the property owners. It wasn’t long before Secret Service officials attempted to boot the protestors. When organizers stated they had permission from the homeowners, Secret Service backed off. For the time being.

“We were there for almost three hours without any problems,” said Sara Hector, organizer of Chabot supporters. “At about 11:30am, all streets were closed off. They [Secret Service] didn’t allow anyone to cross the street. At that time, we were all on the grass in the front yard. At about 11:40am, two U-Haul trucks parked in front of us, blocking us.”

After the U-Hauls were parked directly in front of them, the group of Chabot supporters attempted to cross the street in order to make sure their presence was known. The Colton Police Department quickly stopped them in their tracks.

“I knew it was Secret Service who parked the U-Hauls in front of us because they had spoken to me earlier in the day,” Hector said.

According to Hector, she went to City Hall, the City Manager’s Office and City Development to make sure the group was following proper protocol.

“Not one person assisted me. I was given the run around,” Hector said. “Finally, the City Manager’s Assistant called me and said they had no involvement with the event. If I wanted a [designated] area, I would have to ask Aguilar. The Police Department told me we could sit-in wherever we wanted as long we didn’t disrupt traffic.”

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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