Dems to protest Boehner visit tomorrow

2014-03-28T13:30:00Z 2014-03-28T18:07:04Z Dems to protest Boehner visit tomorrowBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Democrats will plant themselves just outside the entrance to the $500-a-plate fundraiser lunch for Republican candidates Andy Tobin and Martha McSally tomorrow, protesting their ties to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

The planned protest, to be held at the intersection of Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Blvd., will have activists demanding answers from the Arizona House Speaker and the former Air Force colonel. The fundraiser will be held at a private home nearby.

Democrats organized the protest to push Tobin and McSally to demand answers to whether they would support a budget compromise from Paul Ryan or a proposal to privatize social security.

"Southern Arizonans are fighting tomorrow to protect Social Security and Medicare — two programs Speaker Boehner and Paul Ryan want to dismantle. That's why Boehner is playing favorites in Arizona's primaries. He wants to handpick his Congress before voters can do it themselves," said Jason Ground, the communications director for the Pima County Democratic Party.

DJ Quinlan, the Arizona Democratic Party's executive director accused Boehner of recruiting "who have championed his cause of obstruction."

“The man who led last year’s government shutdown needs more tea party clones in Congress, that’s why he is shoveling cash toward Tobin and McSally,” he said. 

The luncheon will benefit a joint fundraising committee the pair have recently formed called the McSally Tobin Victory Committee.

Rodd McLeod, speaking on behalf Rep. Ron Barber's re-election campaign, urged Barber's likely Republican rival to reject the money raised tomorrow.

"Martha McSally should refuse Boehner's mega bucks until he promises to stop trying to shred Medicare," he said on Tuesday.

The protest starts at 11 a.m.

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