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Union supporters disrupt GOP senators' restaurant meal (Ohio)
The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 4 March 2011 | Jim Siegel, Kathy Gray

Posted on 03/03/2011 11:32:54 PM PST by buccaneer81

Union supporters disrupt GOP senators' restaurant meal Friday, March 4, 2011 12:28 AM By andJim Siegel Kathy Gray The Columbus Dispatch

The volatility surrounding the collective-bargaining debate spilled into the night Wednesday when police were called to a German Village restaurant after a group verbally accosted a gathering of Senate Republicans.

After the vote on Senate Bill 5, seven Republican senators, including President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, grabbed dinner at the Easy Street Cafe. As the lawmakers neared the end of their meal, a group of five to 10 union supporters angry about the passage of the bill hours before burst into the restaurant and began shouting.

The commotion eventually led to pushing and shoving with the restaurant staff and owner, before police arrived to calm the situation as a police helicopter hovered overhead. No senators were involved in the physical altercations, and no charges have been filed.

"It could have (gotten physical)," said Sen. Frank LaRose, 31, a Fairlawn Republican who served as a Green Beret. "The group was agitated and they were shoving the owner, and he had nothing to do with this." Story continues below Advertisement

LaRose said it didn't take special intelligence training to notice that while the lawmakers were eating, a woman walked past the window several times, poked her head in the door and got on her cell phone.

"It was planned," LaRose said. "They gathered as a group and waited until they had about 10 people before they caused a disturbance."

When the group burst into the restaurant, the woman, Monica Moran, deputy director of public affairs for SEIU District 1199, raised her hands in the air, yelled "Can I have your attention?" and then shouted "something nasty," LaRose said. Soon after, the rest of the group of men and women joined in with a chant.

"They stormed through my dining room," said George Stefanidis, owner of the Easy Street Cafe. "I told them they had to leave, and they wouldn't."

Stefanidis said he called 911 when the protesters refused to leave. LaRose said there was pushing and shoving with the restaurant staff. Meanwhile, someone on the outside slapped an anti-Senate Bill 5 sign on the window near where Niehaus was sitting.

"I understand their argument, but they should do that some other place," Stefanidis said. "It just ruined the whole night."

He said about 70 people were in the restaurant, at 197 Thurman Ave., at the time.

Witnesses said Stefanidis and his staff held the group back from the senators.

"I was tempted to help, but us getting involved would have escalated it, not de-escalated it. We decided to stay quiet," LaRose said.

Moran, who is married to a top researcher at the Ohio Republican Party, was unapologetic.

"It is unfortunate that rather than focus on the adverse impact that this legislation will have on hard-working, middle-class Ohioans, there are those who would choose to focus on a conversation I had with Senate Republicans," she said in a written statement to The Dispatch.

"The moment of discomfort Senate Republicans may have felt as a result of my expressing my opinion pales in comparison to the extreme discomfort and financial hardships that public employees will endure as a result of SB5."

Sens. Kevin Bacon of Minerva Park, Keith Faber of Celina, Larry Obhof Jr. of Montville Township, Chris Widener of Springfield and Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville also were at the restaurant. All but Manning voted in favor of Senate Bill 5.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: columbus; liberalviolence; oh; outofhand; sb5; thugs; unions; unionterrorists; unionthugs
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The scummy 'Rat unions will be disrupting Church services next. Count on it.
1 posted on 03/03/2011 11:33:00 PM PST by buccaneer81
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To: buccaneer81

Shoving a restaurateur sounds “physical” enough. Book em on assault and battery.


2 posted on 03/03/2011 11:37:38 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: buccaneer81
Probably might be wiser for GOP senators in WI to avoid restaurants, period. And it aint' the customers I'd be worrying about, it's the folks in the back I'd be concerned about.
3 posted on 03/03/2011 11:40:31 PM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: buccaneer81
- Moran, who is married to a top researcher at the Ohio Republican Party, was unapologetic.

Fire the husband. How else did she know where they could be vulnerable to attack?

4 posted on 03/03/2011 11:43:42 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: kittycatonline.com

So true. Spittle is very unappetizing.


5 posted on 03/03/2011 11:44:15 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It sounds like Matalin and Carville.


6 posted on 03/03/2011 11:45:15 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Gotta get in their face, ya know.


7 posted on 03/03/2011 11:49:07 PM PST by Defiant (The One must become the "One and Done".)
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To: buccaneer81
And the upcoming reporting by the national media...


8 posted on 03/03/2011 11:50:17 PM PST by Entrepreneur (In hoc signo vinces)
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And the upcoming reporting by the national media...

Will be silent and invisible.

9 posted on 03/03/2011 11:55:57 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

The difference between Ohio and WI is that the Ohio GOP passed the anti-union bill. All the unions could do is throw their faggy hissy fit and couldn’t do anything about it except physical confrontation.


10 posted on 03/03/2011 11:55:57 PM PST by max americana
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To: buccaneer81

It’s like they think there is a money tree in back of the state capitol building. There’s not enough money coming in to the state coffers. They are bettor off then most tax payers.


11 posted on 03/04/2011 12:01:06 AM PST by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Funny thing is these idgit socialists make folks hate them more an more with such actions.....

SEIU.... I avoid any company that employs trash like that. Vote with my dollars between elections.

Doom on unions an Erkel Mugabe aka Obama.


12 posted on 03/04/2011 12:08:42 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: buccaneer81

Exactly. Old ladies waving flags at a Tea Party rally = “angry mob of extremist demonstrators.”

7.5 million in property damage... yelling, screaming, live ammunition rounds found? Oh, Democrats did it? No story here. Move along...


13 posted on 03/04/2011 12:20:13 AM PST by TigerClaws
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Battery? It’s a restaurant, not a bakery!


14 posted on 03/04/2011 12:20:53 AM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: buccaneer81

Chris Matthews will be all over this story - count on it!


15 posted on 03/04/2011 12:21:48 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: buccaneer81
LaRose said it didn't take special intelligence training to notice that while the lawmakers were eating, a woman walked past the window several times, poked her head in the door and got on her cell phone.

....When the group burst into the restaurant, the woman, Monica Moran, deputy director of public affairs for SEIU District 1199, raised her hands in the air, yelled "Can I have your attention?" and then shouted "something nasty,"

...Moran,who is married to a top researcher at the Ohio Republican Party, was unapologetic.

I wonder how her husband feels to be married to a RAT??

16 posted on 03/04/2011 12:23:11 AM PST by rawhide
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To: buccaneer81

Anybody see Beck today? ;o)


17 posted on 03/04/2011 12:24:35 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: kittycatonline.com

>> Probably might be wiser for GOP senators in WI to avoid restaurants, period.

They’d be wise to order steak dinners.


18 posted on 03/04/2011 12:26:48 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: johngrace

They are doing nothing but redistributing the wealth...as they do decree.

When the private unions became weak because employers weren’t exploiting them anymore and stuff, they headed to the local and state governments for “assistance”.


19 posted on 03/04/2011 12:28:40 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: buccaneer81
These idiots just don't understand. I can find their "building". I can find them. We surround them.


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Keep pushing and the shove back is going to be brutal.
20 posted on 03/04/2011 12:29:56 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: buccaneer81

bttt


21 posted on 03/04/2011 12:36:06 AM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: buccaneer81
When the group burst into the restaurant, the woman, Monica Moran, deputy director of public affairs for SEIU District 1199, raised her hands in the air, yelled "Can I have your attention?" and then shouted "something nasty," LaRose said. Soon after, the rest of the group of men and women joined in with a chant.

SEIU District 1199 - Dennis Rivera's NY local

Remember that name. Rivera wields a big stick in SEIU

.

22 posted on 03/04/2011 12:36:31 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
I will remember him. By tomorrow I will have his history.



Everyone remember this face.
23 posted on 03/04/2011 12:41:28 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: buccaneer81

Anybody else noticing just how out of hand the opposition party has become lately (and supported by the MSM) Seems that we have reached a peak here where everything is okay if done by the Democrats (yes, none of this would be acceptable by the Republicans).

Either this is fast becoming the norm via the MSM or we are becoming a third world country...neither is a good sign.


24 posted on 03/04/2011 12:50:12 AM PST by Deagle (t)
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To: rawhide

He’s probably a spy for them.


25 posted on 03/04/2011 12:50:19 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: buccaneer81

So the disruptress-in-chief is married to a “top researcher with the Ohio Republican Party”? Um, I’d say it was time to let him go. He’s married to a union thug. Who knows what kind of sensitive pub party info could fall into her hands? I think she needs some repurcussions for her actions. A little unemployment pain in the pocketbook for the family might be just the thing.


26 posted on 03/04/2011 1:09:38 AM PST by ratsreek
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To: Gene Eric
They’d be wise to order steak dinners.

Strangely, I was thinking along those lines. One of my lurid fantasies.

27 posted on 03/04/2011 1:35:34 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: PA Engineer; Elle Bee

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THE DEALMAKER - A UNION BOSS WITH HUGE POLITICAL POWER, DENNIS RIVERA MADE THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AGREEMENT POSSIBLE. OBSERVERS SAY HE’S A SKILLED MEDIATOR — BUT HE CAN PLAY HARDBALL.
Buffalo News, The (NY) - Sunday, April 7, 2002
Author: TOM PRECIOUS and CHARITY VOGEL - News Staff Reporters

EXCERPT

He started his life and his union career in Puerto Rico. Back then, Rivera went by the name Dennis Hickey — using the last name of his Irish father.

In Puerto Rico, he honed his organizing skills as a Vietnam War protest leader and started two unions. In 1977, he moved to New York City, where he began his life’s work of organizing health care workers. Along the way, he took on his mother’s surname — Rivera . Today he cites his Puerto Rican roots as a major factor in his success.

“I come from a very small town where we basically have grown accustomed to listening to people,” Rivera said. “I think that’s it.”

In New York, Rivera started out at the bottom of the union food chain: as an organizer, a job with little glamour and little pay but, especially in New York City, a job that demands street smarts and maybe even a bit of hustling.

Rivera rose through the ranks. In 1989, just 12 years after he arrived from San Juan, he gained control of what today is Local 1199 of SEIU , the Service Employees International Union. That union includes 210,000 members — orderlies, cafeteria workers and clerks — who are some of the industry’s lowest-paid workers.

Rivera is also president of the New York State Council of SEIU , a 325,000-member umbrella group that includes 1199 Upstate, which represents 17,000 health care workers from Buffalo to Albany. He makes $103,000 a year — modest by the standards of downstate labor bosses.

Along the way, as Rivera rose to power, politicians learned all about his importance — especially those who relied on his help to make it into office.

In that category are former President Bill Clinton, New York City politicians, and U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer.

“If you want to have one guy in your corner,” Schumer said, “he’s probably the one.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/business/27union.html

Dennis Rivera Leads Labor Charge for Health Reform

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Published: August 26, 2009


28 posted on 03/04/2011 1:50:39 AM PST by maggief
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To: buccaneer81

“They gathered as a group and waited until they had about 10 people before they caused a disturbance.”
A shotgun blast to the face stops a lot of that.


29 posted on 03/04/2011 1:51:11 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: buccaneer81

where’s the crocodile tears now, Nancy??? why are you so quiet, Madam Minority leader??? Are you and the big Zero enjoying all this??


30 posted on 03/04/2011 2:19:56 AM PST by blueplum
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To: PA Engineer

This is their game. They’re ready for it.


31 posted on 03/04/2011 2:50:27 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: buccaneer81
The DNC MSM has been trying their best to spike the petulant rudeness and vulgarity the government union thugs have been displaying since Scot Walker tried to make them behave reasonably.
Now they are trying to hide the growing taxpayer backlash of disgust—with equal lack of success.
All this is going to help make our 2012 landslide more like a continental collapse.
32 posted on 03/04/2011 2:52:07 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Only God has more power than the Second Amendment to save America.")
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To: buccaneer81

These aholes will escalate this to the point of tragedy and then the PC Police will come in for calm and civility and our hopes will die.


33 posted on 03/04/2011 3:02:16 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: Deagle

MSM is in lock step with Democrat Party and Obama (their man). Sort of a liberal Democrat run media when Dems are in - or out - of control. Charged with supporting Dems blindly when they’re in power, and charged with attacking Republicans blindly if they’re ever perchance in power.


34 posted on 03/04/2011 3:24:44 AM PST by Twinkie ( PEACE)
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"no charges have been filed"

The Owner should press charges but he's got to buck the Unionized Police to do so. This is where we're at, as the Police are not going to interfere with their Union brethren......

35 posted on 03/04/2011 3:33:01 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: kittycatonline.com
Probably might be wiser for GOP senators in WI to avoid restaurants, period.

Would you suggest they avoid congregating at other establishments if the same thing happened at those locations? Do they keep running and hiding every time they are confronted by a bunch of socialist thugs?

That tactic becomes a slippery slope with the result being those who are trying to enforce the legislative process constantly running from those who seek to disrupt the process. That will only empower the socialists. The better strategy is to shift the focus on the perpetrators by putting the spotlight on them for their transgressions.
36 posted on 03/04/2011 3:56:31 AM PST by Defend Liberty
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To: buccaneer81

I wonder how many (real) middle-class workers at that resturant lost money that night because these thugs disrupted their business? The only class they care about is the Union Thug Class.


37 posted on 03/04/2011 4:17:24 AM PST by 24-7Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I agree . Get rid of the husband.He probably tipped her off and she set this up.

SEIU Ptooie.


38 posted on 03/04/2011 4:55:00 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Berlin_Freeper
- Moran, who is married to a top researcher at the Ohio Republican Party, was unapologetic.

Fire the husband. How else did she know where they could be vulnerable to attack?

Megabump!!!

39 posted on 03/04/2011 4:57:41 AM PST by AmericaOne (Sneaking In is NOT Immigration!!!)
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The Owner should press charges but he's got to buck the Unionized Police to do so.

Hey pal, dis is a nice restaurant youz got here. Be a shame if sumthin happened to it...

40 posted on 03/04/2011 5:48:24 AM PST by digger48
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To: HiTech RedNeck

They invaded private property with intent to cause ...a riot?

Assault, battery, trespass, criminal intent...


41 posted on 03/04/2011 5:51:33 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Defend Liberty

In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.


42 posted on 03/04/2011 5:55:02 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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The unions had better be careful, because they escalate this it is sedition.

They are not butting up against some company here, but the lawful government.

If the police/firefighters etc. won’t do their jobs...well there is always the National Guard and dare I say it...the militias.


43 posted on 03/04/2011 5:58:49 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: buccaneer81

These people have no class.

None.


44 posted on 03/04/2011 7:14:10 AM PST by proudpapa
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To: Elle Bee

Let’s give them a ring...

SEIU 1199

Columbus Office

1395 Dublin Rd.
Columbus, OH 43215
P: 614.461.1199 or 800.227.1199


45 posted on 03/04/2011 8:15:00 AM PST by proudpapa
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To: buccaneer81

I read on REDSTATE that the SEIU was $85 million in debt and may go under. Of course they will seek a bailout from Obama. Story at http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/03/04/good-newsbad-news-about-seiu-going-broke/


46 posted on 03/04/2011 8:43:05 AM PST by thethirddegree (Islam is a vile, barbaric, perverted, depraved,seditious cult invented by a murdering pedophile)
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To: EBH

The union leaders don’t care about that. If enough of these stories leak out, they figure they can intimidate enough elected officials to get their way.


47 posted on 03/04/2011 8:47:50 AM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Deagle

It’s the Obama Brotherhood Media.


48 posted on 03/04/2011 9:09:38 AM PST by Sal (The Obama Brotherhood is causing all this chaos. That includes the OB media.)
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To: pocat

ping


49 posted on 03/04/2011 10:37:38 AM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: buccaneer81

I guess the Ohio thugs haven’t gotten the concern for our “image” message that has suddenly stricken the Wisconsin thugs.

Well, Ohio’s thugs haven’t been ‘protesting’ as long as the WI thugs. There IS a learning curve after all.


50 posted on 03/04/2011 10:59:19 AM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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