MANCHESTER, N.H. — Dozens of protesters descended on Newt Gingrich’s New Hampshire headquarters Monday night, apparently forcing the former House speaker to cancel a scheduled meeting with supporters.
The protesters hailed from a variety of movements, including the local branch of Occupy Wall Street. Others were out supporting gay rights and the campaign of Texas Rep. Ron Paul. They were joined by mock presidential candidate Vermin Supreme, who has been following Gingrich around the state with a loudspeaker for days.
Protesters assembled directly outside Gingrich’s headquarters. Just before 7 p.m., an hour after the event was supposed to start, Gingrich supporters were informed their candidate would not be showing up after all.
“I’m really devastated,” one supporter said after hearing the news. “Not that this changes my opinion of him in any way.”