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Demonstrators Protest Paul Ryan's West Hartford Appearance

Several groups of protestors stopped traffic as they attracted the attention of passing motorists on Avon Mountain.

Dozens of members of Occupy Hartford and a group satirically calling themselves "Millionaires for McMahon" staged a protest on Avon Mountain Sunday morning, in front of the entrance to the driveway of Arnold Chase's mansion where a fundraiser for Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan was being held.

Police blocked traffic on the westbound righthand lane of Albany Ave. as demonstrators stood with signs and marched to and from the parking area at MDC Reservoir #6. The West Hartford fundraiser, where guests paid $1,000 to $10,000 to attend, was the first of three Connecticut appearances for Ryan on Sunday. The fundraiser was closed to the media.

The "Millionaires for McMahon," dressed in tuxedos and cocktail dresses and sipping champagne, used satire to deliver their message. Chants of "Save our yachts!" and "We are the 1 percent!" were heard as they marched back to their staging ground at MDC Reservoir #6 from the demonstration site across from Chase's 3115 Albany Ave. home.

Occupy Hartford's protest was more traditional, as the group held signs declaring "Votes Not For Sale" and "Stop the War on Women."

In a news release issued prior to the protest, Rebecca Burton of Occupy Hartford said, “What we're highlighting is the immoral and unethical power of big money in politics. We find it disgusting that Ryan and the Republican party chose the LARGEST SINGLE-FAMILY HOME in New England, an obscene 60,000 sq. ft. monument to Arnold Chase's vanity, as the venue for their fundraising luncheon. Just five miles east of Chase's mansion, on the very same Albany Avenue, lies Hartford, one of the country's poorest cities in one of its richest states. We believe Ryan should travel those five miles and talk to people in Hartford; real people with real issues. That's not going to happen, of course, so we decided we'd bring the dialogue to him and his 1 percent cronies."

Garret Schenck of Occupy Hartford said in the release that the protest against Paul Ryan did not mean that Occupy Hartford was taking a position in the presidential race. "Not at all, I think our position is best summed up by: A plague on both their houses, but especially THIS house. Both parties play similar fundraising games. Neither party trusts the vast number of voters, who are seen as objects to be manipulated with the money their candidates solicit from the 1 percent. Two years ago Chase gave money to Democrats. Now it's the Republicans. Flip a coin – either way we lose and Chase and company win."

Ted Donoghue October 01, 2012 at 08:06 PM
David no one has personally attacked the Chase family. Its clear that many people misinterpret concern of imbalances and dysfunction in our economic system as envy. Many of us who are concerned about tax fairness and economic justice could care less how the Chases spend their money.All we want is them to pay their fair share of taxes. Since the Great Recession of 2008 forty million more Americans, many of them right here in our state have fallen below the poverty line. That is a national crisis sir. We can live with our heads in the sand but honestly, as history has shown us time and time again, that is the absolute worse thing a society can do. Clearly as a nation we are bitterly divided on how we should respond. Just a little fun fact. It would take our economy 6 years to replace the jobs lost by the Great Recession, that is 350,000 new jobs a month...every month. If you honestly think Mitt Romney or any other President could muster that type of growth you are delusional. So to think the "poor" can pull themselves up by the boot straps, with those stark statistics, and get back chasing the America dream its a fools errand and guess who pays the price? Not Wall Street or corporate America? The working class people of our country pay the price. The very same people who make this country go and move forward and who built that ugly monstrosity of a house on Avon Mountain.
Happy Percy October 02, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Time for a Worker's Strike! All workers need to walk out!!! The Government is Out of Control with Taxes!!!
Deborah Netto October 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Dan, where were you and your socialist friends when Governor minnie me Malloy gave $50 million in tax breaks to CIGNA to create 200 jobs as well as a $15 million loan? That is over $200K/job! How about when Mao Malloy gave $20 million in tax breaks to UBS Warburg, who has been investigated by the feds and has numerous rogue traders who have lost millions for their clients? As usual, the left are such hypocrites!
Dan Garrett October 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Deborah, do you believe President Obama is not one of us?
Dan Garrett October 02, 2012 at 10:20 PM
adam, how thrilled would you be? if Romney won and appointed judges who ended Roe V. Wade. Republicans hate women and you?

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