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Union members hound Colorado governor in D.C.

Michael Riley
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado

WASHINGTON – Union members spent much of the day hounding Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter as he attended high-dollar fund-raisers here, hoping to hit the Democrat where it hurts as he gears up for re-election in 2010.

A group of about 40 firefighters and grocery workers, angry at Ritter’s recent veto of a pair of pro-labor bills, started the day by picketing the capital offices of the BGR Group, an influential lobbying firm, shouting slogans as startled commuters walked past.

Ritter never appeared, apparently entering the fund-raiser through a parking garage around the corner. The event was hosted by, among others, Jonathan Mantz, the former finance director of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Union members were at it again around mid-day, picketing a luxury hotel in the capital’s Chinatown district where donors were asked to give as much as $1,050 a piece. The second fund-raiser was hosted by Richard Sullivan, a high-powered Washington lobbyist and Democratic rainmaker.

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