McConnell greeted by hundreds of protestors in Anderson County

02/21/2017 05:46 PM

LAWRENCEBURG – Between 700 and 800 protestors greeted U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday as he spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in Lawrenceburg.

Democratic Party of Kentucky Communications Director Daniel Lowry said the protestors came from across the state to send McConnell a message.

“They don’t appreciate the things that he has done such as vote against workers, voting against the minimum wage hike, and he has shut down Senator Warren,” Lowry said. “That made a lot of folks upset.”

Jennifer Lawless of Louisville came to voice her concern to McConnell over President Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Don’t repeal the ACA, if you see a problem, fix it,” Lawless said.

Susan Stempel of Lexington was concerned about not receiving responses from McConnell’s office over the immigration ban as well as what she describes as undesirable presidential cabinet nominees.

“I want the ban on immigrants to stop, I want the pollution of our water and our air to stop, I want unqualified people to not be nominated, let alone, elected to the cabinet posts that they’re getting,” Stempel said. “It’s a travesty what is happening. Mitch is supposed to be a leader and I think he’s showing no leadership other than enhancing his own power.”

While McConnell acknowledged that he had a different opinion than the protestors, he said that they had every right to voice their opinions and concerns.

“I’m proud of those folks out there,” McConnell said. “They don’t like much what I’m doing, they don’t share my agenda, but I respect their right to be there and express themselves because that’s what we do in this country. Why are they protesting? They didn’t like the result of the election. When you win the election you get to make policy. Winners make policy and the losers go home.”

Several protestors who got into the luncheon tried to ask questions on the loss of coal jobs and the raid in Yemen, but McConnell didn’t answer the questions and responded only by thanking them for their “speeches.”

McConnell has speeches scheduled in Louisville on Wednesday and in Covington on Thursday.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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