PITTSBURGH — At the start of Americans for Prosperity’s “Send Specter a Message Rally,” I talked to Esko and Rebecca Polvi, who were holding signs that read “I’m with Astroturf … ” and “NOT Paid to be Here.” The signs, it turned out, were part of a batch created by some Pennsylvania AFP volunteers. From the stage, AFP’s Dallas Woodhouse told the crowd to pick up a sign from a pre-made batch. Other slogans: “Kiss My AstroTurf!” and “Bonafide Grassroots American.”
Mocking the “AstroTurf” and “Brooks Brothers” and “angry mob” memes was a theme of nearly every speech at the rally, and many of the pre-made signs had small “AFP” markers on them. This isn’t a PR battle that AFP and its organizers think they’re losing; AfP President Tim Phillips told me that the campaign to “expose” the town hall protesters as “corporate plants” is backfiring on the Democrats.
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Esko and Rebecca Polvi.
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The signs on the stage.
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Another sign, with a proud AFP stamp.
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