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Video: Dozens Protest Outside Darling's Campaign Office

Protesters take issue with senator's support of Ryan's Medicare overhaul, but Darling spokesman says it's a federal issue, not a state one.

Dozens of people gathered Thursday to protest Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) outside her campaign office on Silver Spring Drive in Glendale.

The event was organized to protest Darling's support of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, which calls for an overhaul of Medicare. She expressed her support for Ryan's plan at a GOP fundraiser in June.

As protesters marched in a circle up and down Silver Spring Drive, they chanted: "Darling, Darling, she don't care! She wants to end Medicare!"

However, Darling's campaign manager, Andrew Davis, said the protesters are interjecting a federal issue into what is a state campaign.

"This is a federal issue and this is a state Senate race, so this issue doesn't play here at all," Davis said. "Senator Darling has no opinion on the matter."

Glendale police had two squad cars sitting in a parking lot across the street keeping an eye on the protest.

Davis said Glendale police have asked to be notified if the campaign office catches wind of any protests. While the protests have been both large and small, Glendale Police Capt. Mark Ferguson said they're usually not very disruptive.

However, Davis says they are disruptive and he wonders how many of the protesters are actually Darling's constituents. He worked on the Darling campaign in 2008 and says these protests are something new. "This has never happened in past races," he said.

Linea Sundstrom July 16, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Well, as he himself often says, "Linea let me keep my maiden name." THAT'S A JOKE. I know the concept of humor is difficult for some of the folks here. Seems to be working OK so far. 28 years next month, not that it's anyone's business. He also would like you to know that no he isn't more liberal then I.
Bonnie Pedraza July 16, 2011 at 08:05 PM
There are no Obama death panels, and you know it.
red July 16, 2011 at 10:19 PM
IPAB Is an Acronym for 'Death Panel' Contemplating the 2012 election that can already be seen looming on the distant horizon, the President's advisors were no doubt hoping that the "death panel" debate was… well… dead. But Obama himself inadvertently resurrected it when, in response to Republican budget proposals, he claimed that Medicare costs will be kept under control by the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Obamacare opponents have been screaming about this committee since it was first added to the "reform" bill. And, since that time, anyone with the temerity to call it by its proper name -- death panel -- has been vilified by the Democrats and the "news" media. Nonetheless, that's precisely what IPAB will be. Its sole purpose is to cut funding for some health care services seniors now take for granted. And those cuts will kill people. http://spectator.org/archives/2011/04/22/ipab-is-an-acronym-for-death-p
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The Donny Show July 18, 2011 at 02:31 PM
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