Tea Party Patriots Protest Dem Harry Reid At Connecticut Fundraiser
Hundreds of tea party patriots turned out to protest Harry Reid at his fundraiser with Joe Lieberman in Greenwich, Connecticut.
This grandmother was hoping she wouldn’t get the SWAT treatment from the Secret Service for protesting the Senate Majority Leader.
Janet Schmitz, of New Canaan, protesting against Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s fundraiser for Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Meadow Lane, in Greenwich, on Sunday, May 2, 2010. (Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time)
The quiet of a late Sunday afternoon in midcountry Greenwich was broken by the chanting and slogans of about 70 conservative and Tea Party activists who rallied outside a fundraising event for an embattled Democratic senator in the home of a wealthy venture capitalist.
The event was held for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is facing a fierce battle to retain his seat in the face of a strong Republican challenge. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., helped arrange the event.
Leora Levy, who lives nearby, and her friend Rene Chronert, 48, of Riverside, joined the protest that was a novel experience for the stay-at-home mothers and community volunteers.
“I think the last time I was at a protest was in fifth or sixth grade. They had taken Star Trek off TV and I was at a protest for that,” Levy said as Clyde, her six-year-old Labrador retriever quietly sat by her feet.
Worries about the country’s future and fiscal health drove the two women to join the protest.
“I feel very strongly that Harry Reid and the Democratic Party are destroying our country and destroying our way of life,” said Levy. “My family escaped the communist revolution in Cuba and through hard work made a great life for ourselves in this country. Harry Reid is trying to deny that opportunity to others.”