ASHLAND, Ky. — Hundreds of people occupied 15th street in downtown Ashland, Ky. Monday afternoon, awaiting the arrival of Democratic frontrunner, Hilary Clinton who was scheduled to visit Alma’s Italian Restaurant, located at 207 15 Street.
Members of the United States Secret Service, the Ashland Police Department, and Special Operations of the Kentucky State Police perused through 15th Street the surrounding area, including roof tops and allies, ensuring safety for Clinton.
Barricades and yellow tape were utilizing to tame the crowd which appeared to composed of people from all walks of life, and primarily of Clinton supporters. Supporters of the candidate one of side of the street bellowed the words, “Welcome Hilary, her home is the White House.”
William Bare, of Chesapeake, was among the crowd in Ashland. Bare said he came for share an important message, holding up a sign with the words, “COAL=JOBS, NO COAL=NO JOBS.”
“I am here in support of jobs and coal in our area. I was controller at a plant here in Ashland which turned coal into coke in the steel industry,” Bare said. “It was torn down, and we lost 550 good-paying jobs just from that plant closure alone, and now AK Steel is shutting down, and they are laying the railroad engineers off. So, this has affected so many people in our area, and it is devastating our economy. As a previous business owner, I had restaurants at the Ashland Town Center Mall, and everything is just hurting.”
During the course of wait for Clinton, the crowd’s momentum was boosted when an anti-Hilary Clinton group came on the scene, and stood on the sidewalk in front of the Ashland Plaza Hotel. The group wasted no time, and chant, “Go home Hilary.” The group quickly shifted to the words,”Go home Hilary,” to “Hilary Clinton’s got to go,” to Liar, liar the bitch is on fire.” The last chant did not continue long, as officers approached the group, and conversed with some of members of the anti-Hilary group.
Justin Greiss, told The Daily Times that he believes Clinton is not good for Kentucky, and emphasized that he is not affiliated with any particular organization.
“No affiliation, we are just grassroots supporters out here,” Greiss said. “We don’t think that Hilary stands for Kentucky. We think that in light of recent comments, she (Clinton) said she’s going to put a bunch of coal mining companies out of business. We think she owes us an apology as Kentuckians in this state for her comments. On issues she is just wrong for Kentucky. She has consistently been against policies that Kentuckians support. She’s not bringing more jobs to this state. She is just for big job-killing regulations. There are polls out there that say she should apologize, and we really resonate with that message.”
Frances Fisher, of Ashland Ky. told The Daily Times that she believes Clinton is a great choice for the Presidential seat.
“I am here to support Hilary Clinton,” Fisher said. “I am all for a woman taking over for a while. Let’s just try it, and see how it works out. She does have good ideas, and I hope that all of the things that she’s promising to put through, will happen.”
Hilary Clinton interacting with the crowd waiting outside on 15th Street during Clinton’s visit to Ashland, Ky. on Monday.
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