Sarasota protesters greet Romney, in town for a fundraiser

11/15/11 Doug Driscoll
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Monday night Mitt Romney attended his second fundraising dinner in Sarasota since announcing his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. Some protesters hoped Romney would also get a glimpse of those who oppose his conservative agenda.

A sedate group of about a dozen protesters stood on the corner in a small affluent community on the way to Longboat Key. They pumped signs with one hand, the other greeting passing motorists with a friendly wave. Most returned the wave with a smile, some looked puzzled, and a number honked in support. Wendy Grassi, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, says that Romney’s recent support of Mississippi’s legislation that could have made birth control and contraception illegal is unacceptable for a modern presidential candidate.

Donna Cubit-Swoyer from the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections and Awake the State, says that Romney should remember, while he is sitting down to a $2,500 a plate dinner, the rest of America is dealing with more immediate issues than the GOP nomination.

The protesters walked a half mile through Lido Shores to where the dinner occurred. A few neighborhood families stood outside, talking quietly. Peggy Robbins supports Romney, but also believes government should be less restrictive with some social issues.

At the end of this month, Herman Cain will join the growing ranks of GOP hopefuls visiting Sarasota to raise funds, and connect with this conservative community.

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