An appearance by former President Bill Clinton at a Sacramento fundraising event on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign Monday evening drew about 20 protesters who heckled guests as they arrived at the Land Park home of former state Treasurer Phil Angelides.
Guests, however, seemed unfazed as they turned over their vehicles to valets and waited in line to enter the backyard of Angelides’ home across from William Land Park.
Jamier Sale, a student at California State University, Sacramento, said the protesters represented various groups including the Peace and Freedom Party, Black Lives Matter and Brown Berets. Sale was passing out cards urging people to vote for Gloria La Riva, who is seeking the nomination as the Peace and Freedom Party’s presidential candidate.
He urged people to consider third-party candidates.
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“We don’t want no corporate president,” the group chanted. “We want jobs and education, not more wars and deportation.”
They directed their heckling at some high-profile guests, such as Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer, Sacramento mayoral candidate Darrell Steinberg and developer Angelo Tsakopoulos.
The event also drew neighborhood resident Lanford Tobe, who arrived with a bleacher cushion, his Chihuahua and a copy of Bill Clinton’s autobiography “My Life.” Tobe said he hoped he might see the former president and get him to sign his book.
Spectators along the street did not see Clinton, who was scheduled to attend the event from 6 to 8 p.m. The protesters gathered up their signs and left about 7:30, but Tobe said he planned to hang around, hoping to catch a glimpse, if not a signature, before Clinton departed.