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GOP leader draws protest in Vermont

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 BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee is getting a cool reception in ultra-blue Vermont.

 

About 125 people -- many of them affiliated with labor unions -- carried signs, chanted and marched Wednesday to protest an appearance by Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus).

Priebus, in Vermont to speak at the state GOP's annual spring dinner, was lambasted by the protesters as an architect of efforts to eliminate collective bargaining rights for unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Carrying signs saying "Leave us, Priebus" and "Conservs and Tea Party Belong at Bottom of Boston Harbor," they marched to a hotel where Priebus was to speak.

He wasn't impressed with the size of the demonstration, calling it more like a coffee klatch compared to ones held in Wisconsin earlier this year.

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