Ore. governor speaks with Occupy demonstrators
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Demonstrators sympathetic with the Occupy Wall Street movement occupied Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's office for a few minutes on Wednesday.
Kitzhaber spoke briefly with about two-dozen people who packed into the lobby of his Capitol office. He asked for their support of his proposed education and health care initiatives, which he says would be beneficial to the 99 percent of Americas that demonstrators say they're fighting for.
The demonstrators had their own agenda, however. Several asked the governor to join them in opposing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that removed most limits on election spending by corporations and labor unions.
Kitzhaber said he sympathized with their cause and wished them luck. He was joined by his companion, Cylvia Hayes, along with several aides and security officials.