Urbana Hotel Tells Indiana Fleebaggers They Must Leave Premises By Mid-March

The AWOL Indiana democrats are hiding at the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.
They don’t look too worried.

Indiana House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer shares a laugh during a phone interview with various members of the media in his room of the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. House Democrats were meeting privately in a conference room throughout the morning where they have stayed since Tuesday. (Matt Detrich / The Star)

Management already told the fleebaggers yesterday that they’ll have to vacate the premises by mid-March when a dance group comes to town.

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Despite the many fighting words — “the Republicans and their extremist programs,” “they’re attacking the middle class and the public school system” — the Indiana Democrats’ stay at the Comfort Suites hotel is a subdued affair…

The Democrats, 32 of their 40 members in the Indiana House of Representatives, arrived Tuesday, their Statehouse exodus a quorum-busting effort to halt Republican legislation on education and labor.

The Democrats wouldn’t speculate on how long they’d stay in Urbana. But if a person had to stay indefinitely in Urbana, the Comfort Suites would not be a bad place.

The hotel has a fitness room (the TV was turned to “I Love Lucy”), an indoor swimming pool (“maximum bather load: 50”) and a hot tub (“maximum bather load: 6”). The Democrats had not yet taken advantage of the amenities, according to hotel staff, fellow guests and the Democrats themselves.

A room costs $99. Most of the Democrats had singles, though a few doubled up. They or the Indiana Democratic Party, and not taxpayers, would pay for the rooms, said Rep. Win Moses of Fort Wayne.

Moses and his colleagues secluded themselves in the breakfast room/conference room for several hours Wednesday and planned their legislative strategy while about a dozen reporters waited in the lobby.

Rep. Dale Grubb, passing by on his way to a cigarette break, said, “It’s a shame divisiveness has taken over from cooperation.”

Such walkouts by minority parties whose only weapon is to deny a quorum are not unusual but typically last hours, not days. It’s highly unusual for lawmakers to leave the state. That hadn’t happened since 1925, when outnumbered Democrats holed up in Dayton, Ohio.

The phone call was between Bauer and his Republican House rival, Speaker Brian Bosma. Bauer wanted modifications to several education bills, including the voucher bill, and to several bills that would affect collective bargaining.

The call came through, and it didn’t go well.

“All he said was, ‘Nuts!'” Bauer said of Bosma.

“I just told him,” said Bosma, “we weren’t going to concede to a list of demands and that he needed to get back here. If this was the demand for him to return, I said: ‘Have fun in Illinois.’.”

The Democrats settled in for another night. As far as the Comfort Suites management is concerned, they can stay until mid-March, at which time they’d have to vacate to make room for contestants in a statewide dance contest.

Most people West Lafayette, Indiana are not happy that most Democrats from the House of Representatives are in Urbana, Illinois instead of the Indiana state house.

Today, local St. Louis tea party members will discuss an upcoming roadtrip to Urbana, Illinois.

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  • Thank God for the Tea Party.

    In a way Professor O’Barry has done us all a big favor by pulling back the veil and showing us just how far the Marxists have progressed in their take over of America.

  • uncivil & right

    hahahahahaha,big joke,I’m [email protected] the people of Indiana and they’re paying me for it,hahahahahahaha. Does that make us the biggest whores evah or what? hahahahahaha!

  • Mrs. Davis

    There should be a TEA Party boycott of Comfort Suites and picketing of all locations to Free the Madison 14.

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  • wow

    Once again. Who is paying for their rooms, meals etc.? No one has followed up on this.

  • CrackerMike

    The Indiana Democrats have nothing to worry about with that Rino Mitch Daniels in the Governors Mansion. (Not) My Man Mitch will be sure to watch over and protect the progressive agenda. The big wake up will happen when Dick Lugar looses in the Republican Primary to Richard Mourdock, the well respected State Treasurer. Daniels got his political start as a butt boy to Lugar and neither one has changed all that much. Republicans are sick to their guts of both of these Rino’s. Hey Lugar, call your old buddy Arlen Spector, he’ll tell you how to change parties, and then get waxed in “12

  • thegoldman

    Boycott the hotels. Then they will get kicked out ! !

  • Khan Krum

    NickDeringer commented:

    Thank God for the Tea Party.

    In a way Professor O’Barry has done us all a big favor by pulling back the veil and showing us just how far the Marxists have progressed in their take over of America.

    My sentiments exactly. Meanwhile, too bad similar vermin such as real fleas and bedbugs can’t check into the same rooms of the Flee Baggers. They’d make wonderful company for them, no? But seriously, I wouldn’t want to visit that kind of trouble upon the hard working hotel operators who are paying the bills in this would be socialist utopia that al-Bama has in mind for us all.

  • SSBN 627(B)

    Dirtbag should pull open that drawer, get out the free Gideon Bible, and swear another oath – to his Dear Lord Obama and the Union Scum which he holds dear. And to the Almighty Dollar as provided by said Scum.

  • Khan Krum

    I guess what I’m trying to say is why can’t we build some really big Roach Motels at a few strategic locations bordering certain states? Is there any stimulus money for that? Any ka-chinga in Obama’s stash?


  • bg


    i forget, who’s paying their bill?? /s/


  • Mark1957

    General Anthony McAuliffe to the German commander at Bastogne, Dec.22, 1944 ” NUTS! ”

    Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma to Awol Liberal Pat Bauer on Feb.22, 2011…” NUTS ”

    I love it when history repeats itself.

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  • Zim

    Please post something if the Tea party comes up here. We will join you

  • Susan

    This big, fat political hack can’t help but mug for the camera while this country falls apart. Dems are disgusting publicity whores.

  • gary gulrud

    I feel for the citizens of IN, their legislative rules, the quality of personnel elected, the imminent pension disaster looming over them, it’s all lamentable.

    That said I don’t think the rest of Red Amerikkka needs to look to IN for any solutions, whatever.

  • Look at the smile on that flee-bag’s face. Words can’t describe my disgust.

    More power to theTea Party. I hope you suceed in chasing all the Dems back to thier jobs.

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  • dunce

    The republicans did not campaign on business as usaul and will not betray their constituents by “cooperation” with people who have made a faustian bargain with the unions. They sought office to represent the tax paying public and that includes union people but not as a special interest. If unions want some republican support they should consider that a two way steet,like that will ever happen unless it is a rino.

  • Finncrisp

    These creeps definitely are on my AWOL list. I believe their staffs should be suspended without pay since they are not presently needed.

    And the Dems in Washington still continue to rant about the R’s wanting to shut down government. Disgraceful…

  • Taxpayer

    “Rep. Dale Grubb, passing by on his way to a cigarette break, said, ‘It’s a shame divisiveness has taken over from cooperation.'”

    Translation: The d*mn Repubs aren’t doing what we tell them to, and now we’re stuck in this stupid hotel in Illinois!

  • Wbm

    St Louis Tea Party, give the word when you get to Urbana and this Chicago Tea Party supporter will join you!!!!! Waiting for word………….

  • It is BRIBERY for a political party or anybody else to pay a state legislator to not show up, to withhold a vote, or to do any other political activity in return for living expenses or other recompense.

    That, folks, is a FELONY.



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