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."

concerned September 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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." Where you should be protesting is the Governor's Mansion in Hartford and at his home. Paul Ryan didn't cause Hartford to be "the poorest city in the nation" our politics in Connecticut did. As usual, you people are off base with your protesting, the real issue is the ones that are currently in office. Yes I know Paul Ryan is a US Senator, but he's not reponsible for Connecticut's demise.
Ted Donoghue October 01, 2012 at 02:25 AM
You are right it has been 20 years of Republicans being Governor in our state. I would suggest you take a drive down to Stamford and take a look at the work Malloy did in that city. He at leasts gets things done unlike Jodi Rell.
Ted Donoghue October 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Kudos to Occupy Hartford for bringing much needed attention to Paul Ryan's visit on Avon Mountain. Neither Linda McMahon nor Andrew Rorabach wanted anything to do with him and did not attend this or his other two scheduled events. I wonder why? Sadly many of the voters of Connecticut still do not understand, or even care about, the implications of the Citizens United ruling by the SCOTUS on our democratic elections.It is no longer about who is the best candiate or true public service, it has now warped into who is the richest that can run and get into office and rubber stamp special interests and live off all the SuperPAC funds they can, unless you are Linda McMahon ofcoarse. This "winner take all" attitude only perpetuates the dysfunctional policies that only benefits the endless growing corporatism in our country and the uber wealthy. If we are do anything as a nation in 2013 it should be that we all realize that supporting the Constitutional Admendment to end corporate personhood is the first, and reachable step, to take back our democracy.
Andrew Ziemba October 01, 2012 at 04:40 AM
hahaha I loved the "end war on women" sign. War on women? Of all the things I hate about the republican candidates for president, I can't see one single reason why they are hateful or at war with women...Anyway, the occupy movement belongs at the FEDERAL RESERVE BUILDING, and at THE WHITE HOUSE. NOT at wall street.
Marci October 01, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I am now ashamed to say I was raised in West Hartford until the age of 12 when I was shipped to boarding school. This is a disgrace to see this in the suburbs of West Hartford.. Thankfully it didn't happen in Avon. This man is a human being and no matter what party he's in or we're for, he deserves respect.. Sounds to me that they're are a lot of people jealous of the mansions owner. God forbid anyone is rich in this world anymore!!! They're are gigantic homes in back country Greenwich too FYI. I am proud to say I am voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, not because they're Republican but because we need help in this Country and we haven't had any for four years. These photos make me sad... Some people need to grow up and there is no war on woman. Birth control pills are covered by Insurance. So sick of the lies , at least the ones I hear and know to be different. God help this Country. What a mess!
Marci October 01, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Thank you 'concerned' for speaking the truth. You are so correct. Jealous and uniformed people with nothing better to do and yes the Governor and his taxes are making Ct. difficult to live in. Not Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney. Marci..Avon.
Marci October 01, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Ted I lived in Old Greenwich for twenty years before moving here to Avon where we bought our first home as newlyweds in 1972 and this Governor made a mess in Stamford. A big financial mess. Ask most of the people who live there.. Stamford didn't vote him in, the extra votes printed in Bridgeport because they ran out???? got him in.. Like people in Bridgeport vote, it's as poor as Hartford is for the most part. He will not be re elected. That's a given.
Harry Sawyer October 01, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Well.... If Ron Paul was elected, NONE of this would even be news....
Phil Dunn October 01, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Where were these "concerned citizens" when Obama came to Connecticut in Government helicopters and Governor Malloy closed Sherwood Island State Park so that the Obama entourage could avoid the little people on his way to be showered with money by his celebrity millionaire pals? I can tell you where they were. They were sitting at home watching it on the news squealing with joy that the Chicago savior was in Connecticut. Perhaps those millionaire celebrities should have donated that money to the poor in Hartford. Where was the outrage during that event? Does a different standard apply to the liberal 1%? The folks standing on Avon Mountain in their Halloween costumes were just a bunch of spoiled hypocrites.
Rebecca B October 01, 2012 at 11:11 AM
It's depressing how many people still think we're jealous of what others have. I have to believe it's a projection of their own envy. I don't want a mansion. I want the mansion owner to pay his fair share of taxes and to not be allowed to use his money to influence our so-called democracy. I want an end to Citizens United, I don't want anyone else's money, I have enough of my own; I want for money to not create disproportionate power, and for it to stop being the only measure of worth.
C October 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
stop fooling yourselves. our government is broken, partially due to the fact that money, not people decide the outcomes of our elections. This even happens on a local level. I lived in waterbury for most of my live and lived in west Hartford for 4 years of college. then I moved to the real world, EAST Hartford. now i'm in coal, county,PA. the idea that these politicians have any CLUE as to how some Americans live and what difficulties some Americans have to face is laughable. what I would like to see is someone run a campaign based on support from people that are concerned about the welfare of all people, not just those who provided them with money to "win"
Adam October 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
According to the picture, there were a little more than a dozen or so protestors; one of them appears to be a child who is afraid to admit to his Dad he's a Republican. The messages are drawn from Democrat talking points from months ago that have since been discredited and falsified. I see no vision on how to curb entitlement spending. No vision on how to address the spawning Islamic violence in the Mideast (besides admonishing Americans for exercising their freedom of speech). No vision on job creation. No vision on under performing public schools or violence in schools. No vision other than, of course, tax the "rich", free condoms, banning guns, and currying favor with the electorate with more and more handouts. These "solutions" are making things worse.
Happy Percy October 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
No Kidding, with Governor Malloy over the State and people like Guarco over the small Towns! Yes the system is broken and people need to vote in the Automatic Referendum for the Town Budget in November. Who would ever pay over 2 Million for a contaminated parcel of property without having the owner clean it up first?
Dan Garrett October 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
One thing I have noticed about the Patch, it is filled with Teabaggers. Here are facts, Paul Ryan wants to end Medicare as we know, because? he does not care if our elderly die in the streets. He and the mitt want to give huge tax breaks to millionaires, while pregnant mothers starve. Adam ban guns you say? Obama has done nothing to restrict gun use, even though he should. Stop listening to Glen Beck and Fox news they have rotted your mind. We are not jealous, we just want a fair system. When a young college graduate is finished with school what awaits them? A $9.00 an hour job with no benefits? Republicans only care about the rich and corporations. I will not vote for mitt, his grandfather had five wives at the same time. President Obama is the family values candidate.
Happy Percy October 01, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Well if single moms could keep their legs crossed and the welfare people would work jobs that we bring migrants in for, it would be a much healthier country. As far as your other comments, they are completely incorrect. Romney/Ryan don't want to eliminate the benefits, they require more control and possible drug tests in order to get welfare/food stamps etc. I for one is in compelte favor of this. I'm done paying for someone else's high!
Andrew Ziemba October 01, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Paul Ryan loves Medicare and Social Security just like Obama and our foolish country. Even if he tried to pander the true conservative crowd (which he has not ever done during this campaign) he would fail because in 2012 people will ALWAYS vote their way to handouts. Anyone who thinks that Social Security or Medicare are responsible for keeping elderly from dying on the streets is a total kook who does not understand a shred of history, human behavior, or economics at all. Obama has not taken away guns because it is not practical. Some day Americans will hand over most of their guns after they slip just a bit more into the tyranny and hopelessness. This is what happens when a government grinds down the hope and soul of a country, they become docile sheep. Fox news is inaccurate most of the time and not really worth watching unless Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Peter Schiff, or Judge Napolitano is on. Fox is just as bad as all MSM, which is nothing more than poorly scripted entertainment. The MSM does not report news, they report propaganda. $9.00 an hour jobs are certainly not as good as they used to be. You can thank Democrats and Republicans, as well as the FED for that. If you like inflation, then you SHOULD love either the Democrats and Republicans (and I know you do). Romney is a very ugly monster. Obama is a very articulate and charismatic very ugly monster. Gary Johnson is a patriot. Gary Johnson 2012.
Fred October 01, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Dear Dan Thank you for your very interesting tirade which you tout as facts after insulting a large group of people who believe you shouldn't spend more than you have. I was riveted to your keen observations of society and Obama policy until the very last sentence where I burst out laughing as you misalign the working families party (the communist party) to family values. Please continue to write comments on the patch daily so all readers can be better informed via your insightful interpretations of msnbc programming.
Elizabeth October 01, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Of course your votes are for sale - in the form of your portion of wealth resditribution and federal welfare! Nice try, occupy.
Adam October 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Dan: The President is smart enough not to alienate a growing segment of the population that seeks to protect the right of the individual to own and use a gun inside and outside their home. He knows politically to keep his mouth shut. However, we do know his history of nominating Supreme Court justice who sided with the minority in the Heller decision who would have held as a matter of Constitutional law no individual right to own even the most basic of firearms, such as a .22 pistol. Indeed, you probably oppose Romney not because of his stance on same-sex marriage, for instance, but his willingness to nominate justices and judges to the federal bench who define marriage differently than you do. A Presidential candidate is afforded the luxury of keeping some of his closest personal beliefs close to the vest, so to speak, unless the press coordinates to push an issue to the top, which is exactly what the press has done against Romney and not Obama.
Patrice Fitzgerald October 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
This is a reply to Marci, who tells us that she is ashamed of West Hartford, where she lived until she was shipped off to boarding school at age 12. Marci said, "Like people in Bridgeport vote, it's as poor as Hartford is for the most part." I worked in Bridgeport, teaching some of those "poor" kids. Not only do the people in Bridgeport vote, they are allowed to vote, despite what those who don't think poor people are worth listening to might prefer. Thanks to the claim of voter fraud that is being fabricated by Republicans, we now have new laws around the country that will make it hard for a lot of legitimate voters to exercise their rights. Isn't it interesting that it's the party of the wealthy that wants to stamp out the votes of the poor? If they believed in the American way, they would support the right of all our citizens to vote. Even if it were for the other guy.
David Moelling October 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Ok Lefties, the Chase Family did build it, so stop obsessing about their wealth. David Chase (Arnold's dad) was in Auschwitz during WWII and barely escaped being one of Dr. Mengeles victims. He came to the US and built a successful business and invested in developing Poland after the communist rule fell. He didn't steal from you or your family. So he wanted to build a big house for his family. Get over it and grow up. You guys are the worst at slapping labels on people without knowing them. Maybe it makes it easier to accept slapping rules or restrictions on freedom.
Robert Kalechman October 01, 2012 at 05:21 PM
to think the State of Connecticut gave Chase this land threw Konover who owned the Ridge line atop Avon Mountain thanks to the democratic Governor Billy O'Neill and Hartford Jews paid for his dad Dave to Pray and it never cost him or his Dad a dime still waiting for Arnold Chase to buy me a cup of tea for my tip of how to get the righst to WTIC television just ask Larry Pearl it is my opinion that the Chase's will sell out the home land of the Jews when the time comes just as Henry Kissinger tell us it is very sad to pit the very Rich against the very poor but I am told we never lean from history and and once again it will be repeated Sad very sad
Ted Donoghue October 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I think Gary Johnson has better odds than Ron Paul who has been absent since the convention in Tampa.
Ted Donoghue October 01, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Phil we look forward to you joining us in pushing the Constitutional amendment to make corporate person illegal in this country. That would be the first step to remove the big money from our elections.
Ted Donoghue October 01, 2012 at 07:48 PM
How about corporate welfare Elizabeth? Where is your outrage there? Oil and gas companies receive billions each year even when their profits are in the tens of billions. Or how about the fortune 500 companies that pay little or no taxes and even get rebates from the IRS. I think many people mistakenly blame the government for their woes or their victimization in having to pair their fair share of taxes but honestly who is lobbying the government? Corporations. Elizabeth do yourself a favor an read the book " Winner Take All Politics: How Washington is eliminating the middle class" This may help open your eyes to what has been occurring in our country for the last forty years in our country by both parties.
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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