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The Pima County Democratic Party denounces a recent protest, and an announcement of upcoming protests, in front of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero’s house. Protest can be an effective form of free speech, but taking protests to the homes of elected officials–or anyone– can be perceived as threatening. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home. I did reach out to my GOP counterpart regarding this issue. He looked into the matter and assured me that the Pima County GOP did not sanction the event last weekend, nor did they plan any such future events. He very clearly stated that he considered this action completely inappropriate. 

Protests should be staged at public venues. Bringing protests to a private home escalates it from free speech to a form of intimidation. This cannot be the new normal in Tucson.

—Alison Jones, Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party.