About 100 people, including a protester in a pea-pod costume, were lined up at 10 a.m. this morning at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, awaiting a noontime appearance by Sen. John McCain to discuss his economic plan.Pea-pod guy from ProgressNow. Of course, the Post misses the most significant fact in its (very brief) video: Pea-pod guy has an assistant:
The pea-pod protest is the work of ProgressNow Action, a left-leaning Denver-based advocacy group that claims McCain and President Bush are "two peas in a pod." . . .
Little old lady on Pea-pod guy's right is Pea-pod Guy's mother, who travels everywhere with Pea-pod Guy.
Update: Colorado Confi--er, the Colorado Independent-- says Pea-pod Guy was threatened with arrest:
DENVER--Protesters with ProgressNow outside today's John McCain town hall meeting here were told to throw their signs away or risk being arrested for trespassing.Kos and Huffpo had it hours ago.
McCain's secret service detail told the Denver Police that the three protesters, one dressed in a pea costume that included photos of President Bush and McCain, were told to shut their protest down about an hour before the campaign event began.
Update II: ProgressNow:
On orders from Senator John McCain's security detail, Denver police escorted a 61-year-old woman away who was waiting in line to attend a so-called town hall meeting with McCain that was billed as open to the public.The picture is funny (why don't the cops have their billy clubs out?), but look on the right. Is that Glenn Spagnuolo holding Pea-pod Guy's head?
Carol Kreck, who works as a librarian in Denver, held a homemade sign reading "McCain = Bush." On orders from McCain's security detail, police cited her for trespassing and escorted her to the sidewalk. She was told if she returned she would be arrested.
Update III: Thought the name sounded familiar. The Post:
A 60-year-old librarian received a trespassing ticket today after a liberal group's protest outside a John McCain town hall meeting Monday.
Clutching a sign that read "McCain = Bush," Carol Kreck was removed from the atrium at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts by four Denver police officers.
Kreck, a former Denver Post reporter who works part-time as a librarian for an education think tank, said she was removed as she quizzed a police officer about whether he could deny her free speech "on city property" by taking away her sign, while McCain supporters wore buttons inside.
Detective John White, a spokesman for the Denver Police Department, said officers acted as they would for any complaint on private property.
"Our officers received a signed complaint from a security guard at a private event and acted accordingly," he said.