Palin Speech Draws Protesters Outside Paul Fundraiser

by Rick Howlett on September 16, 2010

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is delivering two speeches in Louisville today.

The former GOP Vice-Presidential nomineee was the keynote speaker Thursday afternoon at the National Quartet Convention, and prior to that addressed a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.

It drew several dozen protesters outside the Crown Plaza Hotel, including Cynthia Wedding of Louisville.

“I’m sure the Tea Partiers want to take out Medicare and Social Security. It’s proven effective, it’s working a lot of us couldn’t live without it. Rand Paul doesn’t need it but Kentuckians need it,” she said.

Paul, who faces Democrat Jack Conway in the November election, has said he’s not in favor of eliminating those government programs, but wants to cut waste from the federal budget.

The demonstrations were organized by labor groups and     

Kentucky AFL/CIO President Bill Londrigan says Palin’s visit is the latest example of out-of-state interests interfering in the Senate race.              

“We want to make sure people understand that these large front groups that are putting forth huge amounts of corporate dollars are trying to influence and buy this election—influence the voters and keep their eyes off the key issues,” he said.

A national Republican group and the Crossroads GPS organization have sponsored ads against Democratic candidate Jack Conway. Paul’s fundraiser was closed to the media. Londrigan says he supports Conway in the Senate race.

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JDK September 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

They say Palin is the latest interference from out of state? And their own protest was organized by Move On?

Linda Mitchell September 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

Louisville/Southern Indiana MoveOn is a local branch of the national group, We all live in Kentucky congressional district 3 and Indiana congressional district 9. We do not have to fly in or come in busloads from other states.

Sandy Knauer September 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

JDK, may I ask where you received the incorrect information regarding the MoveOn group? I would like to personally address the person who was so misinformed to prevent confusion in the future. Thanks.

Nicolas September 18, 2010 at 7:48 am

Sandy, I bet you would like to “personally address” your opponents. Leftists have an ugly history of addressing their adversaries right out of their liberties and lives.

Dan September 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Union thugs with a fake “grassroots” protest. The media somehow thinks it worth even a mention. This right here is why Conway is losing.

Mike September 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

It is more grassroots than the Tea Party because, unlike the funding from former Republican congressmen that started it, it started more locally.

In either case, though, those of us who were there were there because we want to be sure Rand Paul is NOT the next Senator from Kentucky and end up with someone who changes his statements on a regular basis and isn’t even sure what he believes.

We also want to be sure Sara Palin loses her national pulpit to say stupid things as though they are true…and especially be sure she isn’t in office on a national basis.

Douglas September 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

LOL. The AFL/CIO does not want to admit that the average donation to Rand Paul’s money bombs is something like $65. This means that an unprecedented amount of lower and middle class citizens are stepping up and giving some of their hard earned money to try to take their government back from the elite special interests.

Aaron September 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm

While agree that Sara P is a tool – You are missing the point! The Tea Party is much bigger than Sara P.
WAKE UP don’t believe everything the MSM tells you.

Larry Linn September 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I have NO problem with Mrs. Palin :
– Quitting her job that people elected her to do;
– Making money by selling a book that was written for her;
– Spending most of the donations that are given to her PAC on trivial things;
– Speaking at functions that pay her to do so;
– Talking with very much borderline language for free speech;
– Supporting other candidates that are not from the party that supported her;
– Writing things down on the palm of her hand because she is forgetful;
– Saying things that quite often are not based in reality or fact;
Palin and her ilk, are just a bunch of Neo-Dumb-Cons. They want to keep the minorities as a lumpenproletariat class to be exploited to fight the wars for the Nouveau riche. They need wars and class warfare to keep their incomes and financial positions. Nothing more!

Nicolas September 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

Thank you, Mr. Trotsky.

Maybe the “lumpenproletariat class” can tell us what “talking with very much borderline language for free speech” means.

Liberty Dawn September 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

We’re ready for Ron Paul to take the lead for the Tea Party and the nation.

Liz@nola September 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

It is difficult to find a positive word in the news media concerning anything about the Liberal Democrats so this story was refreshingly honest. This article actually implies that some people prefer Democrats to Tea Partiers and Sarah Palin. As for MoveOn, its 5 million members live in every state in the union. They don’t have to come to town from Alaska.

Nicolas September 18, 2010 at 7:53 am

Sure. The media hate Democrats. That’s why 90 percent of new reporters routinely vote Democratic.

liberalnurse September 17, 2010 at 6:30 am

So, where’s Jack these days? California, maybe? Fundraising, maybe? Give me a break.

Sandy Knauer September 17, 2010 at 11:55 am

Nurse, why so many questions? Surely, you didn’t intend to mislead anyone with those misleading questions, did you? May I ask how hard you tried to find out where he has been these days? Better yet, can I challenge you to a race to the facts? Start NOW – and let’s see who finds Jack Conway first.

Lou September 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

“several dozen protesters”? How many is that? 36? Maybe 48?

We have more protesters when they don’t serve scrambled eggs at the church breakfast.

I thought MoveOn was some big, scary organization.


Oh, and Neanderthal Man needs to get a job.

Lou September 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

“several dozen protesters”? How many is that? 36? Maybe 48?

We have more protesters when they don’t serve scrambled eggs at the church breakfast.

I thought MoveOn was some big, scary, powerful organization.


Mike Bryant September 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Paul is being financed by tons of out-of-state money from $1000 a plate Republican-Corporate fundraisers that he promised he wouldn’t accept during the primaries. He’s running from having to appear in debates. He avoids the press because he says stupid things. His big claim in his ads is that he’s a doctor, but fails to mention his self-certification. Today, he’s been caught faking law enforcement endorsements. He’s so extreme that he would bab federal enforcement of civil rights and federal funding of drug enforcement.

Even if you dislike Obama. this state call ill afford a vote for an individual with the extremist views of Rand Paul. Send him back to Texas.

Nicolas September 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

The average contribution to Paul is closer to $50 than to $1,000. You just have to look at the FEC reports, and be honest. It doesn’t seem likely that more than half of Kentuckians (in polls) are supporting an “extremist,” does it? They are only extreme to the unions that are desperate to defeat him.

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