Yesterday House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) abruptly canceled his speech on income inequality at the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. There is speculation that Cantor canceled his speech when his staff was told that it was not a private event as he was expecting but was in fact open to the public (it’s likely that he was afraid of facing a hostile audience at a public event).
Several local community groups including Occupy Philly, Americans United for Change, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, Fight for Philly, SEIU PA State Council, Protect Your Care, Keystone Progress, Moveon.org, NCPSSM, Progress Now, and AFSCME were set to protest. Since Cantor ended up canceling the event on such short notice they decided to rally without his presence. Hundreds of protesters marched into the Wharton School and chanted, “Eric Cantor You Can’t Hid, Eric Cantor We’re Inside!”