Tea Party tussle at Biden fundraiser for Hill - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Tea Party tussle at Biden fundraiser for Hill


LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Joe Biden's fundraising luncheon for Rep. Baron Hill reached a boiling point as a tussle broke out between a tea party protester and a Democratic supporter outside Kys banquet hall. The two women bump into one another then the tea partier grabs the supporter's sign shouting, "She's representative of the unintelligent people."

The dust-up prompted police to come over and issue both sides a warning. "Listen to me," shouted an officer. "It's freedom of speech, but you don't have the right to put your hands on anybody."

About 100 protesters, mostly from the Tea Party, outnumbered the handful of Biden and Hill supporters. They carried signs and yelled through a megaphone, hoping to get their message across through Biden's passing motorcade.

"They're taxing us to death," says Jim Styrlander. "They're spending us to death and we don't get a say-so. We're supposed to have a say-so as citizens. It's supposed to be our government."

"We are going to continue to have these tea parties until the last state legislator has to slither over our smoldering bodies," shouted one protester.

Sandra Scott says she's standing on the corner to stand up for future generations. "I'm here for my grandchildren because I'm worried to death about what's happening to this country of ours. We're indebting our children. They won't be out of debt for many, many years."

Among the protesters were Todd Young, who is Hill's opponent, and Todd Lally, who's facing off with Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth. TV crews were not allowed inside the fundraiser and a campaign spokesman for Hill said the congressman was too busy to give interviews, so the only glimpse of Biden was from his moving motorcade. Those who attended the event say the VP stayed on his message of creating jobs.

"By pointing out how many jobs were saved by the administrations actions and how many jobs were saved by the things Baron voted for," says Biden supporter Pete Buttigieg, "he demonstrated why it was important to keep it up until November."

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