Anti-Trade Contingent Corners Kind at DNC

Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) had a bit of a rough time at the Democratic National Convention as he was jeered by anti-trade protesters, who heckled him during an address to the Wisconsin delegation in Philadelphia. The Journal Sentinel reports:

Opponents of a new trade deal interrupted a speech by Democratic Cong. Ron Kind of La Crosse at a breakfast meeting of Wisconsin delegates, then confronted Kind in a hallway afterward over his pro-trade stance.

“Folks, let’s try to be civil with one another. We’re here as a party trying to win elections,” said Kind, when about a half-dozen people stood and chanted during his remarks, holding signs expressing their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Kind’s speech was interrupted with chants and boos over his stance on free trade, and afterward the protesters interrupted Kind’s media availability. The Journal Sentinel continues:

“We’ve lost thousands and thousands of jobs … we don’t want these trade agreements, but he doesn’t listen,” said Alicia Leinberger, a Sanders delegate from Kind’s district who is running for State Assembly.

Protesters shouted “No TPP!” at Kind as he spoke with reporters afterward and followed him down the hallway.

“I want to know why you want to export my job,” Andrew Walsh, a Sanders delegate from Appleton, asked Kind. “Just give me an answer!”

Kind is facing a Bernie Sanders-inspired primary opponent, Myron Buchholz, who believes Kind’s leadership on trade agreements have harmed the working class in the 3rd Congressional district. At least one union has endorsed Buchholz over the 18-year incumbent. The Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO also seemed to celebrate the anti-Kind hecklers on Twitter.

Despite his district’s overwhelming support for Sanders in the Democratic primary, Kind nonetheless gave his superdelegate vote to Hillary Clinton. And, amid accusations the Democratic Party is rigging its primaries in favor of candidates chosen by party leadership, Buchholz was denied access to crucial data from the party.

Whole thing here.