Occupy DC Plans Protest Of Romney Fundraiser At Lincoln-Themed Restaurant
WASHINGTON -- Occupy DC protesters plan to crash a Mitt Romney presidential fundraiser at an Abraham Lincoln-themed restaurant that boasts an Occupy-friendly motto of "Food of the People, by the People, for the People."
The Wednesday night Lincoln fundraiser, a "young professionals event" hosted by Romney's financier son Tagg, promises to be full of 99-percenters for the Occupy DC demonstrators to protest.
The Huffington Post's Christina Wilkie wrote earlier this week that the event will be attended by the Republican Party's "cool kids," among them "some of the most gregarious guys" in Congress:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) -- they also happen to be among the youngest. The lobbyists, too, represent the "livelier" side of K Street, people like Sam Geduldig, former staffer for Speaker John Boehner; former Bush State Department aide Sarah Lenti and former National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain.
The Washington Examiner reports that lobbyists from the firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, which wrote a memo proposing that one of its clients do "opposition research" on Occupy Wall Street, will also be in attendance.
An Occupy DC spokeswoman, quoted by Roll Call Tuesday night, said: "Action is hitting the Romney fundraiser at Lincoln tomorrow night. Hosted by that wonderful lobbyist firm that was supposedly shopping the $850K plan to discredit occupations."
Lincoln is an interesting venue for an event like this one, even aside from the Republican theme. Specializing in seasonable small plates, Lincoln has extremely sexy bathrooms -- Washington City Paper's Chris Shott called Lincoln's bathroom one of "the city's most lascivious lavatories" with a men's room "awash in innuendo."
In another City Paper article, Shott dined at Lincoln with an actual Abraham Lincoln scholar. The food writer found Lincoln's theme to be jarring -- "not just because the kitschy theme of 'liberation [from] culinary mediocrity and emancipation from the ordinary' seems to equate competing eateries' menus with chattel slavery" -- but he and the historian enjoyed their meals, which were tasty, if small and light on historical accuracy. (The menu did not even contain Lincoln's favorite dessert, angel food cake.)
Finally, Lincoln's floor is covered with pennies -- 799,997 of them, to be exact -- and there's a nice metaphor in the politicians and lobbyists stepping on $8,000 worth of coins while being protested by Occupy DC demonstrators, at a restaurant whose proprietor told The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema that he hoped to imbue his restaurant with Abraham Lincoln's qualities of "freedom, expression, liberation."
RELATED VIDEO: A tour of the Lincoln restaurant, including the sexy bathroom.