The unionistas are now stalking the Governor everywhere he goes, including fund-raisers in small town restaurants. They started lining up outside of the Steak Pit at 4:30, and when the Gov. arrived in a convoy of six unmarked police cars at 5:45 pm, the crowd recognized him, and erupted with boos and shouts of “Recall Walker”, and “Shame!”
The “boisterous” crowd was estimated at 2000-5000 people, making the protest perhaps double the size of the small town of Washburn, which has a population of 2.271.
According to The Duluth News Tribune, one of the protesters videotaped the license plates of the cars, as they passed by.
People were definitely saying their piece, greeting each vehicle that arrived for the dinner with shouts of “Shame!” while waving protest signs and shaking their fists. One person videotaped the license plates of at least some of the vehicles that entered.
Protesters banged pots, shook tambourines at car windows and sounded horns. Most of the drivers and their passengers stared straight ahead. They had to navigate through a narrow tunnel formed by protesters on both sides, held back by Bayfield County sheriff’s deputies and rally organizers.
I’m not good at crowd estimates, but that looked like hundreds, not “thousands”.
The convoy moved through quickly and without incident, and most of the protesters began to follow a circuitous route on public pathways to a spot behind the restaurant where they continued the protest within earshot of the Republican Party faithful inside.
Mark Goodrich, a building contractor in Ashland, stood at the corner where protesters passed between Stage North and the entrance to the Steak Pit with a large sign bearing the words, “God Bless Gov. Walker.”
Goodrich said he had heard a few taunts from protesters.
“I know some of the people,” he said. “I have friends on both sides.”
But he added: “Collective bargaining is not a right. It’s never been a right.”
He’s right of course, but don’t tell that to the unhinged crybabies banging their pots and pans, honking horns, shaking their tambourines, and cowbells, and blowing their infernal whistles. They think the squeaky wheels get the grease. I guess we’ll see about that.
The Ashland Daily Press reports the number of protesters in the hundreds:
The Lincoln Day Dinner drew in roughly 275 republican party members from the surrounding area, including Congressman Sean Duffy, as several hundred protested the recent elimination of collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Do these people have any coherent arguments? No. They got nuthin: Koch hoo-ha, over-the-top scare mongering (“he’s taken away education”, “he’s taken away health care”??), the usual class warfare stuff – “he’s only for the rich?” …because all Republicans are rich, dontcha know. And Dem Socialists are for “the little guy”….
…protesters railed against Gov. Walker, carrying signs that read “Recall Adolph Walker,” “Our governor owned and operated by Koch” and “Shame.”
Prior to greeting republicans, Democrats fired up protesters, including State Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range). Milroy, who garnered national attention in recent weeks after being tackled by police at the Capitol, said the governor has flushed the rights of public employees down the toilet.
“We’re not going to put up with it,” Milroy yelled to the crowd. “This fight is a battle and a battle that’s going to rage on for a long time.”
Milroy took shots at Gov. Walker over comments said during a prank call with a man who claimed to be billionaire David Koch.
“Scott Walker travels around this state when he was first elected, saying Wisconsin’s open for business. Now, he’s running around the state saying we’re broke,” Milroy said. “Well, I tell you what, David Koch ain’t broke. We are going to take this fight every step of the way and it starts with you in Washburn. Let’s go give them a piece of our minds!”
Red Cliff tribal elder Tony DePerry also spoke before the enthusiastic crowd.
“That’s my tax dollars. That’s our tax dollars. He’s taken away education. He’s taken away healthcare. He’s taken away employment. Guess what? If that keeps on going, you know what he’s going to take away? He’s going to take away all of us, and we don’t need that,” DePerry said. “We need to show him that we’re human beings just like him.”
“I just think what Gov. Walker is doing is destroying the middle class,” he said.
Non-union member Tim Hanson of Washburn and union member Nick Jarecki of Ashland agreed that the new law amounted to class warfare.
“He’s only for the rich,” Hanson said.
Cross-Posted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse.
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