Anti-Romney Protesters Say They're Paid To Heckle
Apache 2012/06/19 21:26:53
Wow! Talk about Astroturf protesters. Just look at what's going on in Bong-Waterville.
The protesters popping up at Mitt Romney's rallies throughout Michigan
Tuesday look like run-of-the-mill grassroots liberals — they wave signs
about "the 99 percent," they chant about the Republican's greed, and
they describe themselves as a loosely organized coalition of "concerned
They're also getting paid, two of the protesters and an Obama campaign official told us.
At the candidate's afternoon stop outside a bakery in DeWitt, a group of
about 15 protesters stood behind a police barricade, a few of them
chanting in support of Obama.
Neither of the representatives agreed to give their names, but two
protesters said they were getting paid to stand outside of the rally,
though their wage is unclear: one said she was getting $7.25 per hour,
while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour.
But while both sides enjoy a good, loud demonstration, it's generally
acknowledged that paying people to protest is a form of cheating — which
explains why the Obama campaign was quick to distance themselves from
Mitt Romney addressed the protesters at one point saying "If you want jobs, come and stand over here with us. If you don't, just stay where you're at".
By the end of Romney's remarks, most of the "Good Jobs Now" group was
standing in the shade, chatting amongst themselves and letting their
signs hang to the the ground. And while the Democrats aligned with the
Obama campaign continued to shout at rally-goers as they filed out of
the event, the other group of demonstrators made their way down the
street and loaded on to a charter bus.
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