Iowa Caucuses Targeted by 'Occupy' Movement

Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011 09:13 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Iowa may soon be overwhelmed by caravans of attention-seeking protesters possibly seeking to disrupt the state’s presidential caucuses, according to a report Tuesday in the Des Moines Register.
 
The newspaper reported that demonstrators from other states are being invited to join with their Occupy Iowa cohorts in an effort to shut down presidential candidate campaign headquarters in the state, which will host the first-in-the-nation presidential voting contests on Jan. 3.
 
“You go inside or if they won’t let you in, you shut ‘em down,” Des Moines activist and Independent voter Frank Cordaro told the Register shortly after Occupy Iowa protestors approved the idea Monday night. “You sit in front of their doors.”
 
Cordaro, who came up with the idea of inviting protesters in other cities to join in, stressed that all the demonstrations would be non-violent, carried out through December, and right up until caucus voting day on Jan. 3.
 
“Who knows, it could be a very big deal,” he said.
 
Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn doesn’t quite see it that way.
 
“It’s ironic that this group would choose to disrupt the most grass-roots-oriented process in national politics — the Iowa caucuses,” he told the Register, calling the threatened protests “a publicity stunt.”
 
Occupy Iowa organizer Ed Fallon told the Register that details are still being worked out but that both Republican and Democratic political offices would be targeted.
 
“The idea is to basically take over until we get [a] response to our satisfaction or we are forcibly removed,” said Fallon, a former state Democratic lawmaker.
 
The Occupy Iowa movement, like the Wall Street protests and similar demonstrations around the country, is trying to focus attention on corporate greed and corruption and the growing gap between rich and poor.

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