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These two stories were intertwined today on the local news today (WREX 13 - NBC Affiliate - Rockford, IL).

Link to video (won't embed for some reason)

"They said that they're here to support us in the United States, so support us," Freeport resident, Cassandra Jamison says.

And they aren't getting answers, at least not right now. Both Boehner and Schilling said no to media at the country club event. This was after not telling anyone they would even be in town.

Synopsis: John Boehner showed up unannounced for a closed door fundraiser for Bobby Schilling (IL-17) at the Forest Hills Country Club in Rockford, IL, but somehow Victims of Bain Capital outsourcing found out and staged a protest outside.

For those unfamiliar with the geography, Rockford, IL is ~25 miles south of Janesville, WI (where Paul Ryan lives). What a coincidence that the Republican Speaker of the House shows up so close to where the presumptive soon-to-be-announced Veepstakes winner lives.

Even better, perhaps, is the local connection to Bain Capital that aired as part of the story. Workers at a factory in nearby Freeport, IL (25 miles west) are losing their jobs and some are currently training replacements flown in from China, at Sensata Technologies, a manufacturer of automotive sensors and a profitable company owned by Bain Capital. They've been trying to get Romney's attention and even stood alongside a road they hoped he would take to Iowa several weeks ago after he visited Janesville in mid-June (he took another route instead).

Makes ya wonder if he already had Paul Ryan selected when Romney predicted that he would win Wisconsin.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, kaliope

    -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

    by JPax on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 11:27:14 PM PDT

  •  That IS a coincidence (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, it sure does sound like a coincidence, doesn't it?

    What exactly do you see to be the motivation and effects if it were not a coincidence?

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 11:42:38 PM PDT

    •  Maybe Boehner came here to talk to Paul Ryan (0+ / 0-)

      on Mitts behalf. Maybe not. It could be fun to speculate that even Paul Ryan didn't want to board a sinking ship without some assurances from the top that he'll be able to keep his day job.

      It might be a coincidence, but I didn't read that he was in Milwaukee for the Sikh temple shooting memorial service today (Where Paul Ryan and Tagg Romney were), which is nearby and which might be a big draw for a politician. Looking around I see that he's scheduled for a fund-raiser for Reid Ribble, who's in east-central Wisconsin (WI-08).

      But that was just a hook. The bigger story, I think, is that Sensata may get more play now. Since it's not far from Paul Ryan District, the only place he's known since he's never had a state-wide office, there may be more national press opportunities for the Sensata workers to air their grievances about Bain and Romney.

      -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

      by JPax on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 01:18:41 AM PDT

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