Yesterday we reported that the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber changed the location of its luncheon to a remote aircraft hangar in an attempt to limit access by protesters angry at their guest of honor: John Kasich. Local GOP and Tea Party groups were supposed to be getting geared up for a big counter rally, even going so far as to host their own “sign making party” the night before.

I just got word that the location change seems to have had little impact on the size or voracity of the crowd. Accord to Kathy DiCristofaro of the Trumbull County Democratic Party, 750 protesters showed up at Youngstown Regional Airport today to protest SB5 and John Kasich.

The crowd included firefighters and police offices and a number of local politicians and union leaders including Mahoning Co. Chairman Dave Betras, USW’s Gary Steinbeck, Rep. Bob Hagan, Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Trumbull Co. Dem. Chairman Dan Polivka and the fired-up, 90 year old Youngstown woman pictured below.

Even with the GOP’s sign making party and the addition of the Tri-County teabaggers (Trumbull, Mahoning & Columbiana Counties), only 12 people are reported to have shown up in support of the bill.

[UPDATE by M.E.] Here’s some raw footage of the protest and the twelve Tea Party activists that came to support Kasich. One was admittedly a government worker. Another was a wife who was upset that when her husband got laid off from the airlines, he lost his pension while executives left rich. Seriously, I don’t get the disconnect with these people.

Anyways, UNION POWER ACTIVATE! Footage from WKBN 27:

  • Anonymous

    According to WKBN, “Upward of 750 ralliers from both sides of the Senate Bill 5 debate steadily flowed to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport Thursday morning to rally before an appearance by Gov. John Kasich.”

    The media bias never stops.

  • Victoria_ullmann

    Nice. All they did was provide a nice roomie area to demonstrate.

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  • This is spreading. CSU Students held a solidarity rally in downtown Cleveland today. When is the last time that happened?

  • HistoryMaven

    See that airport? It’s in my small home town of Vienna. Some land next to it (and a reserve air force base) is being eyed by investors wanting to cash in on a casino-600 acres of farm and and small houses in the middle of nowhere to build a “first class” horsetrack, casino, and resort. Kasich addressed casinos in his talk today. Would casino workers be unionized?

  • jposty

    “We are machines, that they use, to do their work”

    Summed up beautifully. I wish these Kasich dittos could see past the lip service they’re paid and see the actual positions and repercussions of electing “conservatives” in any form. At least not anytime soon.
    Let us hope that this is not forgotten in 2012, but I don’t think this will be the last disappointment we have until then.

    Cheers Ohio!

  • Anonymous

    They can’t do it. It’s forbidden by the Ohio Constitution. People are so stupid. Kasich seems to think he can snap his fingers and violate the Constitution in that big a way but he can’t. And those investors would have to make arrangements to cut in the current casino owners in order to buy them off from spending hundreds of millions of dollars to oppose any constitutional amendment ballot measure that would give them more competition. I think a lot of stupid people in the Mahoning Valley voted for the casino issue thinking they could get one too, not realizing it was forbidden. We warned people at the time, but everyone was so casino bedazzled, like this was the great answer to all our economic problems. I guarantee the casinos will employ half the people they promised and most of those will be minimum wage jobs.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    UC students in Cincinnati did on Sunday to support their professors —
    I love it — takes me back to old sit in days

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    these signs are great
    I wish fellas you woulda had a sign contest

  • Yeah, the guy at the end really says it all. “I am a have not… you are a have not.” These crazy tea party folks consistently vote and demonstrate against their interests. It’s wholly irrational.

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