Iowa Republican convention delegates and protestors in New York City came face to face last night. The Iowans attended a Broadway show, and afterwards, theater managers had Iowans wait inside while the majority of the protestors passed by on the street outside. The Republicans inside the theater started their own chanting. “Four more years,” they shouted, “Four more years.” Once the Iowans got outside, they were verbally accosted by a group of young protestors in a somewhat chaotic scene. Some obscenities were shouted. And some of the Iowans shouted back. Iowa GOP co-chairman Leon Moseley called the protestors an “appetizer” of what’s to come this week in New York, but he said the delegates wouldn’t be deterred from their main goal of re-electing Bush. “You gotta understand something about the devil. The devil will try to throw you off. The devil will try to keeps you busy. We’re not going to chase rabbits. Okay?” Moseley told two Iowa reporters Sunday night. “You don’t take a high-powered rifle and go shoot a rabbit. We are going to get the big one.” The Iowa delegation saw the Broadway show “Bombay Dreams” before the melee in the street and a handful of the Iowans were offended by the subject matter. One of the play’s main characters is a eunuch, what some called a cross-dresser. John Knudson of Sumner, an alternate Iowa delegate, left early to escort three Iowa women back to their hotel. “I was selected to come here to do a job with my moral beliefs,” Knudson said. “(The play) very well could be good for some people, but it wasn’t for us.” Others stayed, but were not impressed. Jerry Tweeten of Forest City would rather have seen “The Lion King” than a play featuring a cross-dresser. “I was offended a little bit,” he said afterwards. State Senator Larry Miller, a republican from Libertyville, said it wasn’t ‘Hello Dolly’ but still was “in pretty good taste. Us republicans are a little more broadminded than people give us credit for. You know, we just don’t like it thrown in our face,” Miller said. Miller said the play was done in “good taste and it had a good story to it.”
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