Immigration Protesters Confront Paul Ryan In Thornton

Hey there, Coloradah.

Hey there, Coloradah.

Roll Call's Humberto Sanchez reports–none other than 2012 vice presidential nominee and conservative icon Rep. Paul Ryan was in town yesterday, for a book signing at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Thornton! We hadn't heard anything about this up to now, but Rep. Ryan has been on a relatively low-key book tour throughout the August recess.

Not low key enough, apparently:

Ryan was confronted by Greisa Martinez, a national organizer with United We Dream. Martinez and three companions bought books and waited in line for Ryan. But once Martinez reached the front of the line, she asked Ryan questions about the lack of congressional action on immigration.

“I do not understand why you want to deport me and my mother? Why didn’t your party pass immigration reform when you had the opportunity,” she loudly questioned, mentioning the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. “Rep. Ryan, My name is Greisa Martinez I am DACA-mented and I am hear to stay!” One of her cohorts unfurled a banner and the store manager asked her to leave.

Ryan told her he wasn’t taking questions, and initially kept interacting with other book buyers, but ultimately ducked into a back room until police came and escorted Martinez out of the store…

Being a well-known leader in the Republican-controlled U.S. House, which if you haven't heard enjoys popularity ratings somewhere in the vicinity of traffic jams and root canals, we suppose it's not a surprise that Ryan wasn't in Colorado yesterday to campaign with fellow Republican Congressmen Cory Gardner or Mike Coffman. Gardner and Coffman are both locked in tight swing races, running as hard as they can to the middle–ground that Paul Ryan, safe to say, doesn't occupy.

Ryan told CQ Roll Call he sees similar outbursts in states with major political contests, such Florida and here in Colorado. The Senate race between Republican Rep. Cory Gardner and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall could decide control of the chamber, and is rated Tilts Democratic by The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

“I didn’t get it in Texas; I didn’t get it in Oklahoma,” Ryan said in an interview after the signing. [Pols emphasis]

There a pretty good argument to be made here, folks: if Paul Ryan wants to help his party to victory this November, he should consider sticking to states like Texas and Oklahoma.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DawnPatrol says:

    These confrontations are WONDERFUL! Keep up the great work, folks; make these racist teabagger punks actually answer the questions they've spent their entire craven careers trying to avoid.

    I feel increasingly positive about Democratic chances this November, statewide and nationally.

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

    ~John Rogers

  3. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Let's not forget Wing Nut Daily and Nationalist Reivew will be there to buy up all the excess copies of the book to 1) send it to the best seller list, and 2) give Paul an escape from those free market forces that might result in his book being a dud.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    I'm absolutely impressed with all the advances that modern dentistry has made since my very first root canal (at about age 12 IIRC) . . . 

    . . . it's the antithesis of the direction of the House over that same period. 

  5. horseshit GOP front grouphorseshit GOP front group says:

    Is it just me, or do Republicans like Ryan, Cory Gardner and MIttens just have that populist, man of the people golden touch with Americans ?  Pretty soon these type of people will be so hated, and for good reason, they won't show their faces in any public gathering.

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