Friday, August 3, 2012

Protest, sarcasm, and a Congressional fund-raiser

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM

House Speaker John Boehner will be in Rochester tomorrow to help Maggie Brooks raise money for her Congressional campaign. And it looks like some protestors plan to have a little fun at the Republicans’ expense.

Earlier this week, a local CSEA unit blogged about a group called “Millionaires for Maggie.” It included a press release about a demonstration planned for tomorrow’s Boehner visit. Here’s how it describes the demonstration:

“Millionaires for Maggie will hold a demonstration celebrating Speaker John Boehner and Maggie Brooks for their efforts to support millionaires at the expense of the middle class. Just Thursday, John Boehner and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted yet again to extend the Bush tax cuts for millionaires like us while ignoring initiatives on jobs and health care. Now he’s in Rochester recruiting Maggie Brooks to join him in his quest to protect millionaires, and we’ll be out showing our support.”

It’s not clear who’s behind Millionaires for Maggie, though the county’s CSEA leaders have had a contentious relationship with Brooks and her administration. The group and the demonstration appear to be a completely tongue-in-cheek response to GOP policies. A description of the group, which was also included in the blog post, says Millionaires for Maggie “is a grassroots network of corporate lobbyists, the politically well-connected, fat cats, decadent heiresses, and other winners under Maggie Brooks’ economic policies.”

A VIP reception with Boehner and Brooks starts at 11:45 a.m. Millionaires for Maggie say they’ll be there. So expect a show downtown.

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