“Wall Street: Mr. Toomey’s Neighborhood” Tour Gets Wide Notice

“Wall St.” road sign following Toomey on 23 county tour

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Pat Toomey just can’t seem to shake his Wall Street past. Please see below for select media coverage of day 1 of PA Vote 2010’s “Wall Street: Mr. Toomey’s Neighborhood Tour”- which will mirror Pat Toomey’s four-day, 23-county bus tour  where a large-sized ‘Wall St.’ road sign will follow the former derivatives trader to remind Pennsylvania voters of Toomey’s record of putting Wall Street special interests first.  View photo of the “Wall St.” road sign here.

“Protesters met his RV in Harrisburg with a huge green “Wall Street” road sign.” As he walked around downtown Tamaqua, northwest of Allentown, in Schuylkill County, with a group of supporters, several protesters trailed behind, asking whether Toomey still supported privatization of Social Security. State Democrats said they would shadow Toomey’s stops around the state, arguing that his career has been devoted to the interests of Wall Street – first as a derivatives trader and later as a member of the U.S. House and president of the laissez-faire Club for Growth advocacy group. Protesters met his RV in Harrisburg with a huge green “Wall Street” road sign. [Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/24/10]

“Both stops were greeted by Democratic Party-organized protesters who are shadowing Toomey. They scolded the former interest- and currency-rate swaps trader for his Wall Street ties. ‘Main Street, not Wall Street,'” Both stops were greeted by Democratic Party-organized protesters who are shadowing Toomey. They scolded the former interest- and currency-rate swaps trader for his Wall Street ties. “Main Street, not Wall Street,” the Democrats chanted outside the Old Forge restaurant…In Old Forge, Rosanne Kolberg, a Democratic organizer, was among eight protesters, and taunted Toomey with a sign that said, “Thanks for being our friend,” followed by a red heart and the words, “Wall Street.””Anybody that wants to bet on everyone else losing their shirt, stick with Pat Toomey,” Kolberg said.  [Citizens Voice, 8/24/10]

“As he travels Pennsylvania, we’re here to remind Pennsylvania families as he’s in their neighborhood that he’s really part of Wall Street’s neighborhood.” Also out in full force at the event were his opponents. Protesters at the event were not part of the official campaign of Rep. Joe Sestak, Toomey’s Democratic opponent. However, they were clear supporters of Sestak and said they will be showing up along the way on Toomey’s tour…Also making their voices heard in the capitol city on Monday were Toomey protesters who told CBS 21 News they plan on following his bus tour throughout the state throughout the next four days. Mark Nicastre, of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, said, “As he travels Pennsylvania, we’re here to remind Pennsylvania families as he’s in their neighborhood that he’s really part of Wall Street’s neighborhood.” Sestak supporter Michael Grabauskas said, “I just feel that Mr. Toomey has not been supportive of the middle class at all. He seems to be more interested in his Wall Street ties, because that’s where he comes from.” [WHP TV, 8/24/10]

“Outside the restaurant six protesters held signs pointing to what they said was Toomey’s favoritism for Wall Street.” Outside the restaurant six protesters held signs pointing to what they said was Toomey’sfavoritism for Wall Street. When they tried to get inside the room where Toomey spoke, his campaign workers made them leave. Afterward, Toomey said he wanted to keep the meeting with his supporters private to avoid disruptions. The people who disagree with his views will have other opportunities to participate as the campaign goes forward, he said. [The Reading Eagle, 8/24/10]

“Democrats, for their part, have already started a counter-bus tour, seeking to ask Toomey questions through the press at every stop along the way.” Democrats, for their part, have already started a counter-bus tour, seeking to ask Toomey questions through the press at every stop along the way. “While Pat Toomey has spent much of his Senate campaign running from his Wall Street past, Harrisburg families deserve to know the truth about who he really represents,” Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick said in one of a few statements from the party Monday. “He may be right for Wall Street, but he is wrong for Pennsylvania.” The party also put out a Web video. [PA2010, 8/24/10]

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