Buddhist Green Party satire gone wrong: e-mailer to Joyce Kaufman speaks from slammerby George Bennett | July 28th, 2011
The person who sent the original e-mail to Kaufman, it quickly developed, wasn’t a gun-toting tea party member inspired by Kaufman’s remark that “if ballots don’t work, bullets will.” Instead, the e-mail was traced to a Green Party member from across the state in Pasco County named Ellisa Martinez.
Martinez pleaded guilty in May to transmitting a threat through interstate commerce and got a two-year sentence this month. Now she’s telling the Broward New Times her e-mail to Kaufman promising “something big” was meant as “obvious sarcasm based on the recipient’s hateful comments” and was “nothing more than a satire of Mrs. Kaufman’s loose-canon (sic) anti-government gun talk.”
In her two-page letter to the New Times from the Federal Detention Center in Miami, Martinez says she’s a practicing Buddhist and “I don’t support violence as a means of conflict resolution.”