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Yelling man asked to leave elections office
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Yelling man asked to leave elections office
Party chairmen unite against man's tactics




The chairmen of the Wilson County Republican and Democratic parties forgot about political differences and joined forces Friday afternoon against a man accused of harassing voters and poll watchers at the Wilson County Board of Elections office.

Wilson County sheriff’s deputies were called. Voting officials said deputies have been called out to the board of elections three other times during early voting this year.

"The other incident is when one guy came back three times,” said Linda Cooper Suggs, elections board secretary. "We know that person and we are aware of the circumstances there.”

Deputies were called to the scene Friday because Brendon Frost, a Wilson resident, made volunteers very uncomfortable.

Paisley Suggs, a volunteer, was giving out literature to voters when she said Frost began yelling at her up close.

"He literally got in my face and was pointing and yelling saying President Obama was responsible for chopping up babies,” Suggs said. "This is America and we can have different points of view, but it’s not alright to do what he is doing. Both parties asked him to stop and he wouldn’t.”

Frost wore a shirt with Romney printed just above the front pocket and a beret with a triple interlocking triangle. The Anti-Defamation League’s website said the triple interlocking triangle is a Neo-Nazi symbol.

Rena’ Morris, elections director for Wilson County, said she tried to reason with Frost.

"I told him I’ve had some people tell me you have been intimidating,” Morris said. "He said, ‘good, good, that means I’m getting their attention.’ So I told him he can’t get in another person’s face.”

Morris said she was asked by Frost what should he do. She told him she would rather he go home. But he didn’t.

"Obama will take the guns of every American,” Frost yelled as voters walked up. "I speak as a free American. I have no fear of pictures or tape recorders - I welcome them. The Democratic Party supports chopping up small babies in the womb and counting their parts to make sure there is no hemorrhage or infection.”

Gary Proffitt, who chairs the Wilson County Republican Party, said he asked Frost to leave. When Frost didn’t leave, Proffitt called the sheriff’s office.

Two deputies came right away, according to Proffitt, and told Frost he could not come close to the people who were there to vote, to pass out literature or to work.

Frost said he was waiting on a ride. And as he waited, he shouted.

"It’s 55 degrees out here and the policeman said to move on because it’s too cold out here,” Frost yelled to everyone. "This is a new one. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m just reporting a data of unbelievable silliness. Too cold, that’s what he said - too cold.”

Deputies said nothing as they stood watching Frost.

Proffit and Asa Gregory, chairman of the Wilson County Democratic Party, said Frosts’ behavior was very disrespectful.

"I, along with Gary, just want people to be able to come in and vote peacefully,” Gregory said. "We don’t want anyone harassed or for anyone to get hurt out here.”

Proffitt said he wanted Frost to leave the board of elections so people could exercise their right to vote without being yelled at. He said Frost made everyone very uncomfortable.

"He does not represent Republicans,” Proffitt declared as Frost talked. "I don’t know where he came from. He’s certainly got freedom of speech. He’s not representing us well. He’s not representing himself well.”

Gregory said Frost tried to pose for a picture with him. But Gregory told him he didn’t want that.

"I’m just basically trying to ensure the safety of people who come to vote,” Gregory said. "The Wilson County deputies have got it under control. I want to be here in support of not just my people, but Gary and his people, too. That guy (Frost) is not standing for either one of us.”

Morris said she hopes today, which is the last day of early voting, will be without incident.

janet@wilsontimes.com | 265-7847
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@agree said...

There are people on both sides that have extreme views and agendas. No one is immune. And to be honest this may fly in the face of your thoughts but thank god someone is standing up for something. I'm so tired of people who just lay down and let things happen. That's not America. The Boston Tea Party folks didn't exactly act nice and peaceful did they?

Friday, November 09, 2012 at 9:50 AM
Agree with LOL said...

O Happy Day....

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 1:02 AM
LoL said...

Looks like this guy's gonna be yelling for at least four more years...

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
The Libertarian said...

This article would be much more entertaining if people would just add captions to the pictures instead of fighting and name calling.
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On the plus side however….
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No one has accused this gentleman of being a Libertarian!


Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Both Sides said...

I seen behavior from both sides. There are always one or two that makes everyone look bad.

Monday, November 05, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Atypical said...

There are "crazies" in any party. But to wholistically call Republicans crazy is to put down some really well known Presidents who made some of the biggest decisions this nation has ever faced. We are all Americans and let's stand shoulder to shoulder against people who do not know how to conduct themselves as adults. The fact you point out all Republicans as "crazies" probably means you are one of those people.
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
Andrew Johnson (1865-169)
Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)


Monday, November 05, 2012 at 8:06 AM This dude said...

makes us humans look bad.

Monday, November 05, 2012 at 2:38 AM @concerned from typical said...

Who said I was a democrat??? I am not.

Sunday, November 04, 2012 at 1:19 AM @ to typical said...

Actually I am an independent voter for your information. I have seen such nasty behavior from republicans particularly.

Sunday, November 04, 2012 at 1:14 AM Figures said...

I had a pretty good hunch before reading this article that the guy was a Republican. His behavior is consistent with the "Party of the Crazies", as Republicans are now known. While his behavior does not reflect all Republicans, it certainly reflects the huge, dangerous fringe element in that party.

Sunday, November 04, 2012 at 10:44 PM @Typical said...

Grow up! Have you seen the Obama phone lady? Is she the typical Democrat?

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 5:19 PM @ Typical said...

Typical democratic response to everything.

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 3:47 PM voter said...

This dude makes us Republicans look bad

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 12:17 PM Gray Fox said...

@Typical, at least Democrats AND Republicans can agree that he is idiot which is contrary to the democrats concerning Joe Biden

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 10:26 AM Just remember, said...

This guy is Team Romney...

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 9:43 AM @Typical said...

Typical democratic attack when you have no record to run on.

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 8:39 AM concerned said...

This is a response to Typical. Don't even think for one minute that this nut job speaks for the republican party. I am a republican and I take offense to this mans behavior and I also take offense to your stereotypical democrat response. My family were verbally attacked by a democrat who just happened to be a Mark Bibbs volunteer. So before you go opening your mouth about republicans you need to look at the filth in your own party. It goes both ways.

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 7:49 AM Nice tie said...

I don't get the hat or the tie. Our we in 1950's France? I would like to wear it however for comic appeal. I guess he is just one of god's own creatures.

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 6:12 AM To typical said...

If I recall correctly the other person that came back three times was a DEMOCRAT. However, because of his party affilation and other reasons, his name and picture was not released. This person, Frost, does not represent Republicans and the other gentleman that was asked to leave does not represent DEMOCRATS. Your hatred is typical of the radical sides of both parties. Think about that for a little while...
People like you are the reason why a lot of DEMOCRATS, which I have been for twenty years, and a lot of Republicans are switching to INDEPENDANT.

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 4:57 AM Typical said...

Typical republican behavior

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 3:51 AM Phil said...

What an Idiot!!!

Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 1:54 AM
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