The news was buzzing around Ripon all day.
Rick Santorum is coming!
What will he do?
Can people meet him?
Nobody seemed to know the fine details, other than that the presidential candidate was on his way to the contended birthplace of his political party — and that he’d arrive at 4:30 p.m.
By early afternoon, Blackburn Street was under the close watch of Ripon police and the Secret Service. By 4 p.m., crowds were lining up behind the barricades on the sidewalk across from the Little White Schoolhouse.
Two of them — Mike and Barbara Bruenning of Pine River, Wis. — made the hour-long drive to Ripon after receiving an email alert that morning.
They stood out in the crowd with their cat, Sam Adams, in tow — riding in a small wagon and wearing a leash.
“I keep saying he [the cat] has got more common sense than what you’re going to find in Washington,” Mike said.
Then, a crowd of protestors arrived at once, holding a variety of colorful signs. Some read “Obama/Biden.” At least one read “Recall Walker.”
Another read, “Silly Rick, God can’t vote,” while another read, “Lincoln was a liberal.”
Right on time, police lights appeared on the horizon of Blackburn Street, approaching from the north.
Up pulled Santorum and his entourage, driving past the mob and into the parking lot adjacent to the historic building.
Read the full story in the April 5, 2012 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.