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I went down to join Progressive Iowa and local Quad Citians protesting the appearance of Willard Milton Romney in Davenport today. About 30 citizens showed up, but of course in this land of free speech we were so far removed from where the actual event would take place that no one aside from TV cameras could see us.
There was an hour or more between the end of the protest and Romney’s appearance. Reminder: the day was hot and the wind howling at a horrendous pace. I decided to drive around downtown Davenport to see where the Romney event was. Google map had it about 5 blocks from where it actually occurred.
I was sad to see Davenport kind of run down, but I am getting used to seeing once proud towns hurting because of the new Walmart and the lack of revenue. I was unable to find the location, so decided to come home. I drove down River Street and low and behold, Romney signs. I followed the signs and found the venue.
If I was picking the most ironic place for a Mitt Romney speech, I could have done no better than his own staff did – right next to the gambling boat. I wonder yet if they have figured this one out yet?
As I drove in I saw a handful of protesters. Figuring if I could find a parking spot, I’d go talk with them. When I did find a parking spot, it was right near the move-on.org “Team RomneyMobile” – a Cadillac Escalade covered with corporate logos and a stuffed dog tied on top. I spoke briefly with the “Team”, thanking them for their work. They will be following the Romney bus around the Midwest.
I then joined the 4 protestors. They got some dirty looks and some yells from afar. Only one guy bothered to go face to face. He spoke of how proud he was to be rich and we said congratulations. He went on, we ignored him and last I saw he got turned around and was headed out. Oh, well.
We had several Ron Paul supporters come by and about half a dozen who said they backed Obama.
It was after 4 and no Romney. I was hot and tired of the wind, so I decided to leave. I was able to drive by the “crowd.” My guess is 300 to 400. Pretty sparse, but then there was never many going in. Not much for a metro area of @300,000.
As I left I chuckled about the crowd, but then caught myself. These appearances are just for show. The Republican plan to win involves billions of dollars of commercials and maybe some well-placed vote counting software.
DAVENPORT, IOWA – In advance of Mitt Romney’s event on Monday, Progress Iowa will hold a press conference to call on Mitt Romney to stand up for the middle class, specifically Iowa’s teachers, firefighters and police officers. Speaking at the press conference will be an area Educator, Firefighter, and Nun, in addition to representatives of Progress Iowa, Progressive Action for the Common Good, and Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans.
During his last visit to Iowa, Mitt Romney showed his true colors: attacking middle class Iowa, targeting our neighbors, teachers, firefighters, and police officers. While in Council Bluffs, Romney claimed that the lesson of Wisconsin was that we don’t need more teachers, firefighters, or police officers. His comments should come as no surprise, given his track record. While he was Governor, Mitt Romney raised middle class taxes in favor of tax breaks for millionaires, leaving Massachusetts ranked number one in debt, and number forty seven in job growth. Mitt Romney should stand up for Iowa’s middle class, for our neighbors, our teachers, firefighters and police officers.
WHEN: Monday, June 18, 2:00 PM CT
WHAT: Press conference calling on Mitt Romney to stand up for the middle class
WHO: Matt Sinovic, Executive Director of Progress Iowa
WHERE: Centennial Park Gazebo; 315 South Marquette Street; Davenport, IA
Sister Cathleen Real, Congregation of the Humility of Mary
John Kealey, Teacher, Davenport Education Association
Jason Roth, Firefighter, Davenport Association of Professional Firefighters
Caroline Vernon, Progressive Action for the Common Good
Midge Slater, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
This video shows just a few of the glaring examples of how out-of-touch Mitt Romney is with working people. Watch the Meet Mr. 1% video here:
WHAT: Press conference on Mitt Romney’s business philosophy
WHO: Ken Sagar, Iowa AFL-CIO President; Midge Slater, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans; Morgan Miller, recent University of Iowa graduate , Joe Nehring, AFSCME member and Gabe de la Cerda, Des Moines Steel Worker.
WHERE: Lawn of the Des Moines Public Library Lawn; Grand Ave between 10th and 12th Street; Des Moines, IA