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At one event, Romney fought back. In a rare outburst, the polite former Massachusetts governor verbally sparred with an activist complaining about the influence of money in politics. “Hey, instead of shouting, why don’t you say what you mean, what’s your view?” said Romney. “Madam, what do you think?”
Angry street protest groups have been harassing Republican candidates since the summer.
Members of an Iowa affiliate of an Alinsky-inspired organizing network called National People’s Action (NPA) screamed at Romney at the Iowa State Fair in August. Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement badgered and heckled Romney, shrieking and interrupting him as he attempted to share his views on reforming entitlement programs like Social Security.
The ACORN-like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement was praised by Bill Moyers and labeled the “Most Valuable Grassroots Advocacy Group” of 2009 by John Nichols of The Nation magazine.
NPA, along with many of the nation’s radical groups, want to use the financial crisis to achieve a radical transformation of American society, as I report in my book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.
“The banking crisis is the next big thing,” NPA executive director George Goehl said in mid 2010. “The banking crisis is the way to build a big economic justice movement in this country.” NPA is working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Saul Alinsky-founded Industrial Areas Foundation, and ACORN’s new front groups across America in an economic terrorism campaign aimed at the financial services sector.
Meanwhile, early returns suggest Occupy New Hampshire’s obnoxious activism failed to dampen voters’ enthusiasm for Mitt Romney who carried the state with approximately 40% of the vote.
Perhaps Occupy’s antics even helped Romney garner more votes than he would have otherwise received.
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