Don’t you want to know which hotel evicted people from their rooms and canceled their ballroom reservation just so Eric Cantor wouldn’t have to hear anything dissident during his stay? And don’t you want to hear what those people had to say?
It was the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Chesterfield, Va., just outside of Richmond. ThinkProgress reports that three Virginia grassroots organizing groups had booked space in a separate ballroom at the same hotel where Rep. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, was holding an “advisory council” with pre-registered constituents. The liberal-leaning citizens said they had hoped to discuss with Cantor their concerns about unemployment and job creation after his scheduled event. The ThinkProgress article continues:
But just hours before the events were set to begin, the Holiday Inn canceled the groups’ ballroom and room reservations and ordered the groups to remain off of hotel property during Cantor’s meeting. According to organizers, hotel management falsely accused them of smoking in their rooms and used that as justification to cancel their reservations. However, a representative of Holiday Inn who only agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, said the hotel was seeking to avoid confrontation between the progressive groups and those attending the Cantor event.
Cantor said of the desperate Va. residents who had gathered to speak with him:
“I don’t see how that’s productive.”
Cantor also made the misleading claim that anyone who wanted to could have attended his pre-registration-required, closed-to-the-immediate public event. In fact, the event had only been advertised on the Richmond Tea Party Website.
The protestors’ purpose, according to Chesterfield NBC12 news, was to:
“Call on Rep. Cantor to end tax breaks and loopholes for CEOs, hedge fund managers and others, and make big, profitable corporations pay their fair share of taxes so America can invest in creating quality jobs here at home.”
These people are the voice of an America that is slipping ever further behind. They are desperate for jobs and desperate for lawmaker accountability. You can hear it in their voices.
Four different citizens recorded in the video at this link had this to say:
“We are losing our homes, we are losing our health, we are losing our families, and we are losing our minds.”
“I need a job, I need to get Cantor to help us get construction jobs going.”
“We have over 40,000 unemployed people living in this district; we cannot get a meeting [with Cantor] by phone, in person, we cannot get a town hall meeting – and now we can’t get into the advisory council.” (Said by an elderly woman.)
“We the people can’t get an interview or a meeting with Cantor – and it was us, the people, who put you in office!”
Please remember that Cantor was not willing to entertain talk from people without jobs or calls to accountability when the polls open on Tues., Nov. 6, 2012.