If you wondered what I was doing this weekend instead of writing, I have an excuse: Along with a handful of fellow Andrew Breitbart contributors, I spent much of the weekend trying to track down people involved in a St. Patrick’s Day incident that resulted in the resignation of Ken Snider, a man who serves as chair of the MaCoupin County Democrat Party, president of the Carlinville, Ill., school board and former head of one of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s security details.
Though the whole truth about the incident might never be made public, here’s what we do know: The incident took place at the Anchor Inn, a tavern located on 33 Daley Street in Carlinville, a town about 60 miles north-northeast of St. Louis. It allegedly involved racial epithets being hurled by Snider toward a group of African-American students from nearby Blackburn College, and an altercation ensued. Beyond that, unfortunately, details are scarce as few people are talking and officials with the Carlinville Police Department have handed the investigation of the incident over to the Illinois State Police.
I’ve made numerous attempts — via their parents, girlfriends and others — to reach the college students allegedly involved in the incident, but all have been unsuccessful. In short, they’re not talking. To anyone.
Likewise, people inside the tavern who witnessed the incident are, understandably, making themselves scarce due to what many suspect is a great deal of pressure being applied by powerful Democrats in the “Land of Lincoln.”
When — not if — more details do surface, this story has potential to become the “Story of the Year” in Illinois. Until then, Dan Riehl offers more about the story and the media coverage it has received to date in a piece published today at BigGovernment.com.
UPDATE 3/29/11 at 9:13 a.m. Central: Here’s a link to another piece about this controversy, published yesterday, by Dan Riehl.
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