Supporters and protesters turn out in force in K’hook
KINDERHOOK—By 10:30 a.m. Saturday, half an hour before Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) was scheduled to arrive, the overflow parking area at the Golden Harvest farm store on Route 9 was nearing capacity. Of the crowd of about 250 people who showed up, those who came to support reforming the way healthcare is provided and paid for in the U.S. gathered initially on the north side of the lot; those who oppose changing the current healthcare system gathered on the south, leaving about eight feet between their camps. Now and then verbal challenges erupted from one side or the other.
Mr. Murphy, a Glens Falls businessman elected in March to fill the seat vacated when Kirsten Gillibrand was named U.S. senator, intended Saturday to continue a policy introduced by Ms. Gillibrand, who appeared regularly throughout the district at what she dubbed “Congress on Your Corner” events. But this session was preceded by national news coverage of noisy confrontations in other districts, where opponents of the healthcare reform shouted down House members as they tried to speak to the public.
Local Democrats issued an email request Friday for supporters of healthcare reform to show at the August 8 event, saying that opponents were being organized by the national Republican Party in an effort to block discussion of the issue.