Unemployed Hold Sit-In in Mitch McConnell's Office
They were eventually kicked out without seeing McConnell
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2011 12:28 PM CDT
Members of OurDC call senators and DC residents on their cell phones to ask for support on the 'Rebuild America Act' as they stage a sit-in at Mitch McConnell's office.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A group of about 30 unemployed people spent all day sitting in Mitch McConnell’s office yesterday, insisting that they would not leave until they spoke with the Senate minority leader. They sat quietly in his waiting room, occupying every chair in the office and much of the floor, the Huffington Post reports. But McConnell didn’t show—he was busy blocking Barack Obama’s infrastructure jobs plan, one of several jobs bills the protesters had hoped to convince him to support.

Though it was a sort of occupation, the protesters weren’t connected to Occupy Wall Street or its offshoots, but to an activist group called OurDC. “The Senator needs to see their pain, hear their stories, and really needs to look them in the eye,” one organizer told the Washington Post. But the fateful meeting never occurred; McConnell’s staff kicked the protesters out around 6pm, according to OurDC.