By Bill O'Neil
Is it yet another example of Washington intimidation? That's just what the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation sees in a letter it recently received from powerful Democratic Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin.
Specifically, the Senator asks the group about it's position on so-called "stand your ground" laws--along with it's connections to another organization that supports such legislation.
"Our reaction was one of just amazement becuase it is a very intimidating letter" said the group's Arlene Wohlgemuth, who told 550 KTSA News she sees something very sinister.
"It seems to us to be a part of a larger pattern of federal attempts to harass and intimidate opponents of Washington D.C." Wohlgemuth said, adding the group has no intention of complying with the Senator's request.
"We are a very liberty-oriented organization--and the independence that we exercise is very important" Wohlgemuth said.
In his letter, Senator Durbin said he is colllecting the information ahead of a Senate hearing on stand your ground--which is set to take place next month.