Mitt Romney Protesters Rally at Lake Minnetonka's Lafayette Club

With chants, masks and signs, protesters made their presence felt during the Republican frontrunner's visit to Minnesota.

As presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney prepared to descend on the Lake Minnetonka area Thursday evening, an estimated 50 to 75 protesters began to assemble at one of the prime spots for his visit, Lake Minnetonka's prestigious Lafayette Club.

With Vice Presidential candidate  still a questionable arrival, demonstrators made sure his presence was known with cardboard masks.

St. Louis Park resident Ilo Madden attended the protest rally because she's "worried about democracy." She said she's saved $300 so far under the new health care plan.

"I love 'Obamacare.' I don't like Bush tax cuts," she said. Her personal slogan, she said, is "keep your 'mitts' off my healthcare."

Most of the people in expensive vehicles driving by protestors on their way into the country club continued undeterred. A few drivers honked horns in support and one man gave a friendly wave. One woman riding in a Cadillac, however, stuck her tongue out at the crowd.

Romney was visiting Minnesota to raise funds and those attending the private reception at the country club reportedly paid $2,500 each and up to $10,000 for a photo. An MPR report said that it would be the only event Romney attends in Minnesota this election season and that a $50,000 donation secured an invite to a private dinner afterwards at a home in .

While protestors and others waited for the motorcade, a few people on bicycles stopped because they said they couldn't believe the size of the crowd.

They crossed the street and began yelling at the protestors.

When protestors yelled, "minimum wage is poverty, we demand our dignity," Robin Mackell of Mound countered with "minimum wage is too high!"

"To be bused in is so contrived and ridiculous," she said of the protest, which was officially coined The Rally to Reject the Romney Economy and organized by Americans for Tax Fairness, MoveOn.org, TakeAction Minnesota, SEIU and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy. 

"They want tax breaks for the richest 2 percent, added Spring Park resident John Bradley. "But we're paying all the taxes."

Not all of the protestors were President Obama supporters. Lee Leichentritt of St. Paul said he's against the two-party political system "that's ruining our country."

"No more two-party dance," he added.

Leichentritt said he plans to vote for Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein. 

Romney's motorcade arrived at the club just before 7 p.m., nearly an hour late, and once all the vehicles had driven past the crowd, it quickly dispersed.

Romney's scheduled visit to Lake Minnetonka comes less than week before the Republican National Convention in Florida, where he is expected to officially secure the party's nomination for president.

Vice President Joe Biden visited Minneapolis Tuesday and gave a speech to about 1,500 people at a campaign rally.

Romney's last visit to Minnesota came back in early February, when he was  during a rally in Eagan.

The 2012 election takes place Nov. 6.

Al Anderson August 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Says the kettle to the pot. While I agree that discussing the issues is important - the issue of avoiding the issues is done on both sides of the aisle. Obama's campaign is much more one of issue avoidance and unconstructive criticism. As for the Patch -- they initiate this sort of conversation when they write biased garbage like the two Romney stories. Funny how the local mdia ALWAYS has time to focus on the shipped in protesters -- but not focus on the issues? Why didn't you ask that quesion
Robbie Lewis August 24, 2012 at 01:38 PM
This is the appropriate venue for opinions, not the article itself. I would like to read at least an attempt at more balanced reporting on the part of the Patch.
Bauer August 24, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Down with the two party system. It's time for America to wake up.
Capital Ism August 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
That's the left there boys - what a classy looking bunch.. Now that I got my good laugh for the morning, I should get back to work.
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Joshua August 24, 2012 at 03:14 PM
1) Of *course* the candidates will campaign where the money is (e.g. Minnetonka) 2) Protesting does not constitute radicalism 3) If you disagree with the protestors, may I remind you that the freedom of assembly is a right that is guaranteed in the First Amendment 4) For those that cannot distinguish the differences between peaceful assemblers and radical protesters, please Google the Westboro Baptist Church for comparison and contrast You can anonymously troll on the internet from (almost) anywhere in the world. The United States, however, is one of the few places where you have the protected right to protest.
Cy August 24, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Yes, I agree. Free to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests. (Wow, what a radical idea...)
Cy August 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Let us not forget that the crisis started under the Bush administration due to the lack of regulations on financial institutions (subprime mortgages) which played a major role in the meltdown of our economy. Going to take some time for the mess to get turned around.
David August 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Cy let me help you understand when and where the crisis really began, please take the time to read, I had to break it into two parts since it is long long. This tells the story, why Bush was so bad at the end of his term. Don’t just skim over this, it’s not very long, read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!!!The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110thCongress.The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%The Unemployment rate was 4.6%George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH
David August 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Remember the day...January 3rd, 2007was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES! Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES! Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie- starting in2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress. So when someone tries to blame Bush..REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!"Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.
David August 24, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 &2009 as well as 2010 &2011.In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets. (We might add … the last time the Senate authorized a Budget to be passed!) …Almost 1,100 days and counting ….And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January20th, 2009.
DIY in Orono August 25, 2012 at 03:45 AM
BRILLIANT, thank you David! You are 100% right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amie Garretson August 25, 2012 at 04:59 AM
The author of this article really ought to be more careful with keeping his bias out of his reporting. That is his responsibility as a journalist when writing for the public- at- large. Ignoring this responsibility and choosing to typecast has left many readers focused on the insinuated insult, therefore feeling ignored by this news source, The Patch, and ultimately fanning the flames of political "Us versus Them". The author of this article owes the offended audience of The Patch an apology for the inclusion of negative typecasting in his reporting.
Mark August 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Wow. Poor John Bradley of Spring Park. He is quoted in the article as a self described "98% er" and complains that his demographic is "paying all the taxes". How do you educate a person that has it exactly backwards? The IRS data is public information and posted on any number of websites. It clearly states that the top 3% of income earners pay 97% of all income taxes. His assumption is not just wrong, it is spectacularly, perfectly, and precisely backwards. Not to pour more fuel on his self immolation party, but the bottom 50% pay no income tax. How do we overcome the ignorance of people like John? I fear they just won't realize how wrong their world assumptions are until we default on our national debt or suffer 100%+ inflation. But that's going to be one painful way to finally realize who has been telling the truth and who has been lying to them for all these years.
Lisa Baumann August 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Hey Mark, I re-read that quote, which I wrote after speaking with John and now realize he probably meant to say "they want tax hikes for the richest 2 percent, but we're paying all the taxes," because he was not a protestor, he was one who stopped to yell back at them. Sorry for the confusion.
Cy August 27, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Thanks, I did check it out The Wall Street Journal: "The Bush administration created about three million jobs (net) over its eight years, a fraction of the 23 million jobs created under President Bill Clinton's administration." The Washington Post:George W. Bush presided over the worst eight-year economic performance in the modern American presidency New York Times on January 24 "Economic Setbacks That Define the Bush Years." George W. Bush, the first MBA president, was a historic failure when it came to expanding GDP, producing jobs and fueling stock market growth. After the release of the Census Bureau report ("Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008" The Atlantic wrote "Closing The Book On The Bush Legacy"... On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush's two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked. By contrast, the country's condition improved on each of those measures during Bill Clinton's two terms, often substantially.
Joshua August 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
David, what is your source for this? Or are you just making it up?
Cy August 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The big money Republicans and Democrats both deregulated the banking industry in the 80s and 90s. It went off the rails. Bankers loosened credit and got the entire nation into massive debt. Ran up the prices of housing, let banks make up risky investments to supposedly cover their losses... a total pyramid scam with the all of us in the middle of it.... Bush was doing this crap for 8 years. The tailspin into an economic death spiral occurred DURING the Bush administration in the fall of 2007 when Wall Street crashed and burned. The stage was set years before that. They tossed Bush out and the Democrats came in to the biggest mess in history... Obama, fearing total crash and 50% unemployment continued the bank bail out policy and kept Bush's people more or less running the banking system and the Federal Reserve. My guess is Obama avoided a total catastrophe and saved millions of jobs but he didn't do enough. However to say that Obama was responsible for Lehman Brothers and Merril Lynch evaporating and wall street crashing in 2007 is ridiculous.
TaterSalad September 01, 2012 at 11:23 PM
#1 in the box office and yet the liberal press doesn't mention this documentary that Barack Obama does not want you to watch. I wonder why? http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/09/01/Box-Office-Spet-1-2012
Anon September 02, 2012 at 01:29 AM
TaterSalad - Did you actually read your own link? Not even remotely near #1, either as a general movie or as a political movie. Although the Republicans appear to be trying, lies will not win this election.
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Liberal moonbats are so clueless on what Barack Obama is doing that they will lite candles before bedtime and kiss his faded poster on the wall. http://weaselzippers.us/2012/09/01/poll-number-of-americans-who-consider-themselves-republicans-hits-record-high/
Michele Olson September 02, 2012 at 02:49 AM
It's amazing to me how people get angry over the actions of peaceful protesters - OR the participants of a peaceful convention - when there are so many people out there not bothering to lift their heads out of the latest reality show. I celebrate all of those trying to make a difference. (Me, the liberal.)
Marissa Partridge September 02, 2012 at 05:19 AM
There is another way. The moderate way. Of course, this means no extreme right views and no extreme left views. Balanced, common sense. http://www.lp.org/platform
Ted128 September 02, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Cy - it may have been the Bush Era Administration during the housing crisis, but don't forget that it was democrats like Barney Frank who led the charge with "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are sound, there is no risk". This was a bi-partisan failure. And who got bailed out? The banks. The banks got us in this problem, the banks got bailed out so they would loosen up their credit and get the economy moving and how did the banks respond? Tightened their fat, greedy fists around the wad of cash the people gave them and made getting credit even harder. Should've bailed out the people, not the banks.
rob_h78 September 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
"Industries should be governed by free markets." Does the Party favor getting rid of Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights and forcing companies to compete in a real free market? Or does the Party favor keeping those big government protections to help shield companies and people from having to compete in a real free market?
rob_h78 September 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
So, what is Obama doing?
Judy September 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Extremely good and right on.
Judy September 02, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hey Anon did you see the movie before your comments?


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