There is a group active in Cherokee County called SCRAM. It was formed for the specific purpose of going after Kelly Marlow who, at the time was a member of the School Board. They persisted in their efforts until her career was destroyed and her life ruined. In my view, they qualify as a hate group.
Having completed their destruction of Marlow, they now seem to be targeting Mrs. Carolyn Cosby. The latter seems to have offended them by collecting signatures to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for the County Board of Commissioners.
Mrs. Cosby was in front of the Canton Post office — where she has collected signatures on petitions before. This time, a coven of SCRAM! people began calling the Canton Police and the post office to claim she was harassing them.
Mrs. Cosby does not harass people when petitioning and she specifically forbids anyone working with her to do so. We politely ask for their signature. If they are willing to sign the petition, well and good. If not, we politely go on to the next person who might sign.
Arguing or anything like that is simply a waste of time that could be used to get more signatures. Harassing anyone would merely offend them and make it unlikely they would sign the next petition we might circulate.
If anyone is interested, Mrs. Cosby has withdrawn as chairman of the TEA Party in order to concentrate on running for office. In her absence, I am acting as chairman until someone better qualified and more willing can be found. In the meantime, I will respond to unfair and dishonest attacks on the TEA Party with factual information — which seems to be the thing most toxic to hate groups and most effective in countering dishonest tactics.