When Latino business owners showed up at El Caretone in Lorain on November 1, they were expecting to shake hands and chat with Mike DeWine — not be harrassed by Sherrod Brown supporters.
DeWine and his wife were supposed to stop at the Mexican restaurant for a meet and greet with mostly Mexican business owners when the parking lot was flooded with Brown-supporting protesters.
According to eyewitness Veronica Dahlberg, the editor of Hola
magazine, which serves Northeast Ohio's Latinos, the protesters were shouting that the restaurant cooked rats, and threatened to call immigration on the arriving business owners. "It was pretty terrifying," Dahlberg says.
The protesters became so aggressive, DeWine was unable to enter the restaurant. His campaign decided to move the meeting to a U-Haul location.
Still, the Brown supporters followed the group to their new meeting place. "These business owners were so excited that a politician was coming to meet with them specifically," she says. "It was unfortunate that it never happened." -- Denise Grollmus