The Washington Times - December 1, 2011, 09:33PM

Occupy DC protesters demonstrated outside of the W Hotel in Washington, DC on Thursday evening, where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was holding a $5,000 to $75,000 a head fundraiser.


About 100 protesters sat in front of both entrances to the hotel chanting and pounding on drums as guests walked into the lobby. A number of Congressional Democrats walked through the sea of protesters, including Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Virginia Democrat, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat. W hotel employees not only kept out protesters but also credentialed press from entering the hotel. Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Maryland Democrat, addressed the Occupy DC protesters on her way out of the hotel.

“I walked in and didn’t acknowledge you. and I couldn’t walk out and not acknowledge you. I stand by the 99 percent. In my district are the 99 percent,” she said.  “People who lost their homes. People who lost their jobs. People whose incomes is below $50,000 a year-the lowest median income in decades. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s time for us to occupy America.”

Apparently, one Democrat angered protesters after a comment he was was overheard saying. An Occupy DC protester told me he rode in the W hotel elevator with Rep. Gutierrez. The DC protester claimed, “Congressman Gutierrez said that he was part of the one percent. He joked about it on the way up in the elevator. And he said that occupiers are a bunch of anarchists in a disparaging sense…not in a philosophical correct sense.”