The Buzz: Ron Paul supporters vote ‘neigh’ on shutting down their own event
05.20.12 | The Sacramento Bee
May 19–Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has pulled the plug on active campaigning, but his Sacramento supporters have voted “nay” on shutting down their efforts.
Or is that “neigh”?
A small group of Paul supporters, including a woman in nude-colored clothing riding a horse, staged a brief rally Friday on the sidewalk along the north edge of Capitol Park.
At first, they’d wanted to hold the rally on the Capitol’s east steps, organizer John Levin said, but their request was rejected by the California Highway Patrol, then rerouted to the Governor’s Office.
Levin said officials later agreed to let them gather on Capitol grounds but said they couldn’t bring the horse.
That was a problem. The horse — named Chex Out My Boogie and nicknamed “Satch” — was considered a nod to Lady Godiva’s famed ride to protest taxes.
It also struck Levin as unfair given Sutter Brown’s frequent walks on the grounds.
“That didn’t go down too good with the Governor’s Office,” he said of his argument.
Levin was finally told they could bring the horse on the grounds if they had insurance.
But in the end the sidewalk proved a good enough spot.
“The horse got nervous,” he said half an hour after the rally started, “so we’re about done.”
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