Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor.
Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying “we’ve been monitoring activity all over the Hill.
“We respect their right to voice their opinions,” a spokesman for Boehner told Capitol Hill Blue. “The Speaker understand the American people want a government that listens to their concerns and works together to help create a better environment for job growth.”
Boehner’s attitude wasn’t shared by Hartzler’s office where aides called Capitol police with anguished claims that a “mob” had invaded the Congresswoman’s office.
“Rep. Hartzler overreacted,” a Boehner aide confided to Capitol Hill Blue. “That was unfortunate.
The sit-ins were part of a planned “Take Back the Capitol” campaign that grew out of the “Occupy” movement that began on Wall Street in New York. The protestors planned to carry their campaign Wednesday to Washington’s K Street, home to the town’s lobbying industry.