Students protest controversial CR speaker

College Republicans were not the only ones upset about Congressman Bob Barr’s (R-Ga.) canceled speech Tuesday night.

An ad hoc group called GW Students Against Bob Barr was ready to challenge the conservative Barr on what they called “real” issues. A vote on campaign finance reform forced Barr to postpone his speech on the third floor of the Marvin Center, CR members said.

CR Vice Chair Bill Eldridge said Barr was upset about being unable to attend.

“I hope you don’t think this is going to be an ongoing trend,” Eldridge said to the waiting audience.

Eldridge said he hopes Barr will be able to come next Tuesday or Wednesday.

A handful of protesters, from several student groups, waited quietly for Barr’s arrival.

“Bob Barr is a dangerous man,” according to the group’s fliers. “Dangerous to women, to minorities, to working people, to the environment, to families, to gays and lesbians. He is a promoter of destroying democracy. Bob Barr is dangerous to America.”

The flier asked students to challenge Barr on a number of issues.

“You can’t have a record like his and not expect people to come out and question your record,” said sophomore Justin Petrone, a member of the group.

“We want to show that people out there do care and will take a stand against what we see as bad politics,” junior Dan Calamuci said.

The group caused no disturbance, and members said they will be back at the rescheduled Barr speech.

“Everyone has their right to protest and to free speech,” Eldridge said. “It’s unfortunate they had to do it at our event.”

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