Skip to comments.Republicans face Tea Party-style protests from liberal, labor groups
Posted on 08/19/2011 5:11:10 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Republicans face Tea Party-style protests from liberal, labor groups By Alexander Bolton - 08/19/11 06:42 PM ET
House Republicans are facing angry protests at home this month as liberal activists and labor organizers try to replicate the Tea-Party backlash that bit Democrats in August of 2009.
Liberal groups have been planning these protests for months. One organizer told The Hill in February that the campaign would build to a crescendo in August.
Another organizer said participants held 1,500 house meetings a couple of months ago to launch the movement, claiming thats twice as many as the Tea Party had.
Hundreds of people showed up at the Wayzata Golf Club in Wayzata, Minnesota, Friday to protest a fundraiser for Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), which was attended by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Holding signs that blared Jobs, not cuts! and People before profits, the protesters, some wearing labor tee shirts, sought to put a hot spotlight on the exclusive event, which charged donors up to $10,000 to play a round of golf with the lawmakers.
Dozens of constituents held a rally in Duluth earlier this month to protest Cravaaks refusal to hold a town-hall meeting in that part of his district, which is a Democratic stronghold.
On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) the chairman of the House Budget Committee, called police to break up a sit-down protest at his district office in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Unemployed constituents took over Ryans office because they felt he was ducking their request for a meeting.
There are unemployed constituents of Ryan who went into his office to demand a meeting and thats when the sit-in started, said Janet Veum, the communications director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, which helped organize the sit-in. Veum described Wisconsin Jobs Now as a coalition of community groups, faith-based organizations and labor unions.
While Ryan held 17 town-hall meetings in 2009, he has not scheduled any in his district this August.
A two-hour town-hall session turned contentious on Thursday night when constituents grilled Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), a member of the House Tea Party Caucus, about her opposition to raising taxes on the rich, at times hooting at her answers.
Protesters gathered near Rep. Fred Uptons (R) office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Wednesday morning holding Where are the jobs? and Show us the jobs signs and even a paper-mache effigy of the congressman. Upton is one of six Republican members of a supercommittee charged with crafting a $1.5 trillion deficit reduction package.
At least ten other House Republicans have been the targets of protests or angry questions at public events in the last two weeks. Many of the protests are the outcome of a months-long effort by labor unions and liberal advocacy groups to turn up public pressure on GOP lawmakers.
These groups have taken a page from the Tea-Party playbook and are trying to replicate the August of outrage that nearly sunk President Obamas healthcare reform initiative in 2009.
This is very similar to what the Tea Party did, said Roger Hickey, co-director of Campaign for Americas Future, which has worked with labor unions and liberal groups to help organize a public backlash to the House GOP agenda.
Specifically, these groups are mobilizing constituents around the country to oppose cuts in social services and entitlement programs and to demand increases in taxes on wealthy families.
Were working with a large network of groups on the Rebuild the Dream movement. That includes MoveOn.org, Change to Win, SEIU, the AFL-CIO and Democracy for America, Hickey said.
The public pressure campaign is not targeted exclusively on Republicans. These groups are organizing constituents in Democratic districts to call on lawmakers to oppose cuts to entitlement programs.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) heard heckles and jeers at a town-hall meeting this week. Constituents were angry she voted for a deficit-reduction package that could lead to a 2 percent cut in Medicare benefits, which Pelosi had described as a Satan sandwich with Satan fries.
Joanna Burgos, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, dismissed the protests as ginned up by liberal groups.
House Republicans are just as frustrated with Washington as every other American is. Despite the best efforts by liberal interest groups to disrupt many of these events, Republicans will not stop hearing from their constituents and fighting the job-destroying agenda of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, Burgos said.
But Amaya Tune, a spokeswoman for the AFL-CIO, said the public anger is very real and labor unions are merely giving people the organizational tools to make their voices heard.
A lot of this is very organic, Tune said. We give people some guidance and a platform. Theres a website if people want to hold events.
The AFL-CIO announced this month it would launch a nationwide campaign to turn up the heat on GOP lawmakers at home.
This August, working families are lifting their voices to hold politicians accountable and call for an economy that strengthens the middle class. Participants will tell members of Congress and state legislators that their extreme political agenda is not in line with working Americans at more than 450 events across the country, Alison Omens, the AFL-CIOs media director, wrote in a memo dated Aug. 5.
Veum, of Wisconsin Jobs Now, also disputed the NRCCs characterization of the protests.
All you have to do is talk to unemployed constituents to find out it doesnt take much ginning up, she said of the constituents who gathered in Ryans office. Theyre generally concerned.
This is going to be the nastiest, foulest, most disgusting election year ever.
It gets downright vicious after the first of the year.
Copycat protests. FNC was pimping a “group of hecklers” this morning at a Perry rally. All I heard was ONE cranky old man screaming “Don’t touch my medicine! Don’t touch my Jello!”. Not much of a protest but the FOX “news” crowd was impressed.
Yeah, we all know they are a bunch of racists.
I agree and they always copycat. It’s what they do.
They copycat thinking they are doing the same thing; but it’s as usual fake and they know it’s fake. Tea are real.Partiers
The headline itself is contradictory. Tea Party protests are genuine grassroots uprisings. Union screamfests are ordered by the hierarchy, forced by moronic thugs.
So they are terrorists too. We all are terrorists!. lol.
So they are terrorists too. We all are terrorists!. lol.
They have 12 days left.....
“Tea-Party style” means they come to the event on their own dime, and they’re spontaneous. They also make their own signs out of available materials.
Contrast that with paid attendees, bused in by unions, scripted shoutdown slogans and professionally printed signs and posters.
Nope; these commies wouldn’t know how to do Tea-Party style.
“Tea Party-style” protests don’t get you a free bus ride, box lunch and T-shirt.
They’d have to be spontaneous and they are not.
These libs have been doing this for years. What was unique about the tea party movement starting was that it was a purely bottom up protest, not a union or special interest group organizing for some sort of handout. The two are polar opposite.
One side....give us _________ . The tea party....stop the government interference.
The Tea Party rallies are also courteous and respectful (not to mention that they clean up after themselves) which is NEVER true of the leftards.
Not the time to laugh. Time to get off your butt and rally
Unlike tea partiers all their signs are manufactured and not homemade. Their rallying cry:
RESIST WE MUCH!
RESIST WE MUCH!
Tea Party style huh, so they were asking the government to sop spending so much, stop trying to destroy the U.S. And more, excellent.
The labor party protests have been around since Hoffa and haven’t changed a bit
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