Rove met with protesters
At yesterday's exlusive $250 per plate Republican luncheon fundraiser for Mike Whalen, Bush strategist Karl Rove was greeted by a small group of protesters. The picture above was taken by the Courier, and made the front page of the Times as well.
This QC Times article, titled "Rove catches grief during Iowa stop", details the event through interviews with protesters and attendees, as the media was shut out of the Sunnyside Country Club, where the luncheon was held. Since the media was not allowed in the event, they obviously focused on the protesters.
Reportedly, signs read:
“Rove fiddles while working families burn.”
“Health care is a right, not a privilege.”
“Karl Rove, congratulations on not getting indicted!” Signed, “Concerned Iowans.”
Between the, headline, picture, and the article, I'd say the net gain for Whalen on this event was a few thousand dollars and a lot of negative connotation in the press.
In response to the Rove visit, Bruce Braley held a press conference of his own at a local senior center.
Braley discussed Medicare Part D, social security, and minimum wage.
The next Whalen campaign event is to feature VP Cheney.
Again, I find it interesting that the candidate in the GOP primary that ran as the "outsider" to the Washington establishment chooses to bring in people that couldn't possibly belong any more to the Washington establishment.
Hopefully Whalen will get better press for the Cheney visit, which will be in Davenport on a date to be announced.