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Protesters disrupt John Boehner’s golf game in Newport Beach

October 18, 2011 |  8:44 am

Protesters disrupt John Boehner at Pelican HillA weekend of worldwide protest spilled over into Orange County on Monday as about 40 left-leaning activists protested House Speaker John Boehner's visit to the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.

"He knows he can't go anywhere without the people going with him," said Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign, a progressive group. "I hope that even while he's up there, raking in millions in cash, he knows there's people here and everywhere. We're going to make clear that this isn't a funny time anymore. This is a real time. It's time for him to get busy on jobs and not on his golf game."

Jacobs and nearly 50 others drummed, chanted and — with the help of bullhorns — shouted the morning away on Pelican Hill Road, a quiet street off Newport Coast Drive, where the Orange County GOP was holding its Reagan Cup golf tournament, the Daily Pilot reported.

They were calling for Boehner and Republicans to approve President Obama's $447-billion jobs bill, which stalled last week in the Senate.

Under the guise of having a tee time Monday morning, Jacobs was able to get into the golf clubhouse and speak with the Ohio representative and Republican leader.

He said he tapped the speaker on the shoulder. Boehner then turned and smiled until Jacobs said he was actually with the Courage Campaign, at which time Boehner turned and walked away.

Jacobs was trying to hand him an online petition signed by more than 26,000 people that called for Republicans to move the jobs bill forward; however Boehner's assistants took it.

"Speaker Boehner always appreciates hearing the concerns and opinions of all Americans, and he'll continue working to find areas of common ground where Democrats and Republicans can come together to help create jobs," said Cory Fritz, Boehner's communications director.

The Daily Pilot was denied admission to Pelican Hill by organizers of Boehner's visit.


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Photo: Activists with the Courage Campaign protest John Boehner's visit to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Orange County on Monday. Credit:  Ana Beatriz Cholo / Courage Campaign