An SEIU union member spotted GOP state Senators eating in a restaurant, got on the phone to recruit a small mob of her cohorts, and then entered and disrupted the entire establishment. When told to leave by the manager, they refused and started pushing and shoving.
After the vote on Senate Bill 5, seven Republican senators, including President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, grabbed dinner at the Easy Street Cafe. As the lawmakers neared the end of their meal, a group of five to 10 union supporters angry about the passage of the bill hours before burst into the restaurant and began shouting.
The commotion eventually led to pushing and shoving with the restaurant staff and owner, before police arrived to calm the situation as a police helicopter hovered overhead. No senators were involved in the physical altercations, and no charges have been filed.
"It could have (gotten physical)," said Sen. Frank LaRose, 31, a Fairlawn Republican who served as a Green Beret. "The group was agitated and they were shoving the owner, and he had nothing to do with this."
LaRose said it didn't take special intelligence training to notice that while the lawmakers were eating, a woman walked past the window several times, poked her head in the door and got on her cell phone.
"It was planned," LaRose said. "They gathered as a group and waited until they had about 10 people before they caused a disturbance."
These unions currently hold a lot of power over us as taxpayers, and as you can tell, are not going to give it up quietly.
It's sad that this debate has come to the point of references to Hitler, intimidation and near violence. Keep it classy unions!
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