Protesters give Gardenhire ‘Silver Spoon Award’ at GOP gathering

Item from a Times-Free Press ‘political notebook’:
A group of health-care activists interrupted dinner at the 2015 National Pachyderm Convention in the downtown Marriott on Saturday night.

Two women in evening gowns, carrying an oversized spoon and identifying themselves as a group called “Millionaires for Wealthcare,” took the stage and presented Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, with the “Silver Spoon Award” for “keeping health care in the hands of those who can afford it.”

Gardenhire has been the target of multiple demonstrations by activists since he voted against Gov. Haslam’s Insure Tennessee bill, which would have extended health coverage to an estimated 280,000 low income Tennesseans.

Gardenhire didn’t respond, but some in attendance shouted catcalls at the intruders, who were quickly escorted out.