Protesters Storm Brown’s Office, Demand Meeting

Posted May 17, 2010 at 3:29pm

Updated: 4:50 p.m.

More than 100 Massachusetts residents marched into Sen. Scott Brown’s office Monday, erected a tent out of sheets and demanded a meeting with the Massachusetts Republican on financial reform.

The demonstrators were part of the Alliance to Develop Power, a grass-roots group that works for “social and economic justice.” Brown, they said, broke his promise to be a “big tent” Republican when he was elected to fill the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) in a January special election.

A spokeswoman for the group said residents crowded into Brown’s office at about 2:30 p.m. Monday and asked staffers for a meeting with the Senator. The group, she said, has tried for months to get a meeting with no luck.

“Scott Brown promised a big tent but apparently he’s only letting Wall Street fat cats inside it. The average citizens of Massachusetts are being left out in the cold,” Andrea Goldman, who co-chairs ADP, said in a statement. “We need more jobs for working people, not more favors for big banks.”

Capitol Police officers showed up to monitor the scene, but no one was arrested. The group left after about 15 minutes.

“It’s a fairly sizable office. Perhaps in such a big office he has room for a big tent,” said the spokeswoman, who asked not to be named. But, she added, “not only were we treated condescendingly by his staff — who also denied that we had requested meetings — they directed all 100 people to his website.”

After the demonstrators left, however, a staffer ran out and told them that Brown would like to set up a meeting, she said. Brown’s spokesman, Colin Reed, said the office was in the process of
scheduling a meeting.

“Senator Brown has met with thousands of people and has held nearly 400 meetings with Massachusetts constituents in the short time he has been in office,” he said in an e-mail. “Our office strives to meet with every Massachusetts citizen who requests a meeting, and we have worked with this group so that they can submit a meeting request through proper channels.”

The protesters are part of a larger group that railed against K Street lobbyists on Monday, targeting Democratic lobbyists Tony Podesta and Steve Elmendorf. More than 1,000 protesters held signs and chanted outside of Podesta’s office.