Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is one of the eight "cap-and-tr8ters" who crossed the line and voted for the Waxman-Markey Bill, generally known as cap-and-trade, but in fact is a national energy tax.
Today at Noon a Tea Party protest took place at Kirk's district office in Northbrook. It was a floating crowd--some came during their lunch hour--but the peak attendance was thirty--a huge number considering the event was announced just yesterday afternoon and received no mainstream media coverage that I know of.
Everyone I spoke with, with the exception of myself Anne Leary of Backyard Conservative, lived in Kirk's Chicago North Shore district, and Leary and I live within a mile of Kirk's corner of the state.
After a few minutes outside waving signs on Skokie Bouleverd, Leary and I, accompanied by couple of other protesters, took an elevator up to Kirk's office. A polite staffer named Eric met with us for twenty minutes--we all expressed feelings, negative ones, about Kirk's vote. Most of the conversation centered around the hassles that Waxman-Markey will add to selling a home--which is already an ordeal. Are you ready for an energy audit before placing your home on the market?
Are you looking to buy a home? The energy audit and other costs will make that house more expensive.
While we were in Kirk's office--the phone rang...and rang...and rang. A few calls were about a Kirk-sponsored job fair taking place today in Palatine--that's where the Congressman is spending today--but most of the calls must have been about Kirk's cap-and-trade "Yes" vote.
"I'll let the Congressman know" was the reception's curt reply to each one of those calls.
And North Shore residents will continue to let Kirk know.
Three hours later...I'm sure the phone is still ringing.
Tuesday at Noon there will be another Tea Party protest at the Schaumburg office of Rep. Melissa Bean, who claims to be a Blue Dog Democrat. Turnout should be bigger at this one--there's been more time to get the word out, and many more people work in that area. Bean's office is at 1701 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 200.
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