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SB5 supporter: "we're sick of spending taxpayers' money supporting you!"
Firefighter: "then stop calling 911"Our protest was tremendous, according to all reports. About 4,000 people, including former Gov. Ted Strickland, showed up for Opposition Testimony at a hearing on SB 5 the anti-worker legislation being debated in the Ohio Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee.
Says one Twitterer:
@JimHeathONN In my yrs in politics I've never seen anything like what's going on at statehouse Thousands of ppl making voices heard
The Tea Party's protest, well, not so much. Plunderbund reports that maybe 100 Tea Partiers showed up, enough to fill the gift shop, but not enough to surround the building, as they hoped.
Plunderbund found e-mails sent last week by the head of the Portage County Tea Party, who organized buses to bring the Tea Party. Referring to last week's protest, the e-mail said:
“We do not want to just fill the gallery, we want to surround the building. They had 800 we need 8,000!”Here's more from the Tea Party e-mail:
“Then we need to get our people down to the Capital for next Thursday’s hearings. We do not want to just fill the gallery, we want to surround the building. They had 800 we need 8,000! The Portage County TEA Party will be organizing buses to Columbus for our members. I encourage other leaders to do the same. This is the moment we have been waiting for when something actually changes for the better. When all the talk finally becomes action. If we do not win this fight, right here, right now, our entire agenda is doomed. We must go all in on this one.”So sad.