September 21, 2006 11:19 am — About a dozen people gathered this morning to protest Vice President Dick Cheney’s visit to Rochester tomorrow, for a fundraiser for Rep. Randy Kuhl, R-Hammondsport, Steuben County, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Carrying signs and boxes of “doughnut holes,” protesters outside Kuhl’s office in Fairport urged a fix for Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug plan for the elderly.
Three protests were planned. In addition to this morning’s protest, an anti-war rally is being held at 5:30 p.m. today outside the Federal Building on State Street. Tomorrow, an anti-war rally will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Washington Square Park, then the group plans to move toward the Convention Center.
V.P. Cheney will be in Rochester for a short, 2 hour period of time (4pm – 6pm; from plane landing to plane departure). He will be speaking to the attendees at 5:35 pm. The event is being held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
To counter the Kuhl fundraising activities, Kuhl’s Democratic opponent Eric Massa will be holding a barbeque fundraiser tomorrow at noon at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Henrietta to raise money for the local Veterans Outreach Center.