Seven Dem congressional candidates march on Boehner’s office in support of OccupyWallStreet

Good for them.  I’m sure the OccupyWallStreet folks are leery of politicians trying to usurp their movement, but I do think it’s helpful overall, and to OccupyWallStreet, to have politicians embrace their cause.  And, honestly, anything that gives John Boehner heartburn is never a bad idea.

Here’s a CNN segment about the candidates marching to Boehner’s office, and here’s more from Adam Green and company at the PCCC:

Wednesday, seven congressional candidates brought the energy of the Occupy movement straight to Capitol Hill.

They marched on Speaker John Boehner’s office with 35,000 petitions saying “We stand with the 99%” — and demanded that Congress pass jobs legislation now.

With news cameras from CNN, NBC, and CBS in tow, a fascinating clash with Boehner’s staff occurred.

Click here to see the amazing video — and help their “We stand with the 99%” petition continue to grow.

As you can see from the video, they were stopped at the door of Speaker Boehner’s office. Marko Liias, a candidate in Washington’s First District, joked that Boehner’s “Welcome, please come in” sign should actually read, “Welcome 1%, please come in.”

The other bold progressive candidates delivering the petition were Eric Griego (NM-1), Lori Saldana (CA-52), Ilya Sheyman (IL-10), Lois Frankel (FL-22), Franke Wilmer (MT-AL), and Wenona Benally Baldenegro (AZ-1).

These candidates were definitely heard — and they will bring the fight to the halls of Congress if they are elected. We need more Democrats willing to take the fight straight to the Republicans.


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