|Published:||Jul 06, 2010 3:39 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 06, 2010 12:16 AM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla. - "Happy Fourth of July," shout a group of ladies in the parade.
For some, the Naples Fourth of July parade didn't start off too happy.
"When they said 'where's the Obama army' we raised our hands and said 'here we are'. But then, it went on to cowards and a little more abusive," Elaine Vaccaro, President of the Democratic Women's Club of Collier County recalls.
These are the comments she says she heard coming from the loud speaker on the Tea Party float.
"I think the way it was said it was more of harassment."
Not only does Vaccaro say it made many of the Democrat marchers uncomfortable, she didn't think a parade was the right time for a comment like that and is filing a complaint with the city.
Naples Tea Party organizer Barry Willoughby calls the claims a lie.
"Certainly not on our part did we make any such you know, we did not harass anybody. I did not hear it and I was there," Willoughby says.
He says he doesn't even recall any Democrats being near their marchers. Willoughby even questioned all people on the float about the incident and they tell him it's false.
Willoughby says claims like this are harassment on the Democrat's part, not his.
"They're going to say and do anything they can to discredit the Tea Party movement."
We were not able to reach anyone with the city today regarding the complaint filed. However, we will be checking if the city will investigate into this and if there will be any policy changes with regards to political groups and parades.