McCain Gets A Not-So-Friendly Welcome To Atlanta

On one side of Peachtree Center Avenue, members of Georgia's organized labor community held up "Teamsters for Obama" signs and picketed in front of the Mariott Marquis hotel chanting, "Bush, McCain, Same Thing." On the other side of the street, anti-war protestors, armed with bullhorns, led several cadences of "McCain says warfare, we say healthcare."

There's no word if John McCain saw or heard any of the demonstrations against his Atlanta visit today but nevertheless, the several dozen protestors gathered downtown this afternoon intended to express their dissent at a John McCain presidency.

Among those in attendance at the protest were state Democratic Party Chair Jane Kidd and state Sen. David Adelman (D - Atlanta) who used John McCain's visit to highlight his ties to controversial Republican Ralph Reed.

"We are here today on the streets of Atlanta with real Georgians who are struggling and need our support. Later today, inside this fancy hotel, John McCain will be meeting with Jack Abramoff's colleague Ralph Reed and other lobbyists to hear about their clients," Kidd said at a press conference directly across the street from most of the protestors.

"Instead of meeting with Georgians and hearing from us about what we need from our country, John McCain has chosen to talk only with people who are giving him thousands of dollars."

In recent days, Ralph Reed and his connections to disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff have been the target of criticisms from Democrats after the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that he had agreed to serve on McCain's "Victory 2008" fundraising team.  Associated Press reports say that "Reed's public relations firm...received $4.2 million from Abramoff to mobilize Christian voters to fight the opening of casinos that could compete with Abramoff's Indian tribe clients." [Source:  Associated Press, "McCain nets $1.75 million at Reed-linked event", August 18, 2008]

Also, according to the AP, John McCain raised over a million dollars at the "Ralph Reed-linked" event.

Tags: Atlanta, fundraiser, Georgia, John McCain, Ralph Reed (all tags)

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Tips & Recs...

by Andre Walker 2008-08-18 05:14PM | 0 recs
Absolutely!

I'm still astonished that Mr. "I Don't Associate With Agents of Intolerance" McCrazy is now taking $$$$ from Agent of Intolerance Ralph Reed. Mark this as another betrayal by "McMaverick" of his own supposed values!

Great reporting, Andre... And I'm looking to a purpler (maybe blue!) Georgia this fall! :-D

by atdleft 2008-08-18 06:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Absolutely!

makes me really wonder about the ones here who advocate for McLame and what their alleged thought process is behind it?

Re: So am I... (2.00 / 2)

Hagel?  If it's Hagel, I might just sit this election out.

Linfar's co-blogger opposing John McCain
by psychodrew on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 07:03:01 PM PST
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   Re: So am I... (2.00 / 1)

   You and me both.

   Obama/Clark (still dreaming)
    by spacemanspiff on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 07:04:58 PM PST
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by zerosumgame 2008-08-18 07:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Absolutely!

gee I wonder who the moran was who HR'ed this? LOL

by zerosumgame 2008-08-19 10:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Absolutely!

Oh hellzyeah!

The state dem party chair was in attendance and it drew  a few dozen protestors!

woohoooooo!!!!!!!!

by rankles2 2008-08-19 04:57AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain ... NSF Welcome To ATL

Being an adopted Atlantan, this makes me REALLY smile ... Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Clayton, Paulding, Douglas, Gwinnette, and Rockdale Counties (the area surrounding Altanta) are the Blue Spot in the Sea of Red that is Georgia, but they have numbers and are VERY active Democrats.  Go Atlanta!

Dizzy

by DizzyQueen 2008-08-18 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain Gets A Not-So-Friendly Welcome To Atlan

I sure hope Ralph Reed is as toxic nowadays in Georgia as he ought to be.

by Steve M 2008-08-18 11:41PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain Gets A Not-So-Friendly Welcome To Atlan

He is. His run for Lt. Gov was a joke.

by Denny Crane 2008-08-19 07:01AM | 0 recs

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