The great thing about Iowa is you never know who you will bump into. Marshall Clemons, a custodian at Harding Middle in Cedar Rapids had the opportunity of a lifetime when then-Senator Joe Biden “walked a day in his shoes” in August of 2007. The program was sponsored by the Service Employees International Union to ensure that presidential candidates experience firsthand what life is like for working people.
Marshall Clemons took another interesting walk today, this time in handcuffs and with a couple of state troopers on each arm. Marshall Clemons was arrested today at the Iowa State Capitol for stealing wallets from women. Clemons has been charged with two counts of fifth degree theft and booked into the Polk County Jail. Clemons stole two ladies’ wallets before a lobbyist witnessed him reaching into a friend’s bag and alerted authorities.
Clemons was a personal guest of Vice President Joe Biden at the inauguration. Clemons attended inaugural balls and had a personal tour of the White House with the Vice President himself.
Clemons was at the State Capitol today as part of a labor union contingent. The unions have had difficulty getting their legislative priorities passed despite Democrats holding huge majorities in the Iowa House, Iowa Senate, and having a Democrat Governor in Chet Culver.
For more accounts of Clemons arrest see the following links.
Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson interviews Lieutenant Mark Logsdon, head of the statehouse security. CLICK HERE
Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson Blogs about the Ordeal. CLICK HERE
Des Moines Register Story. CLICK HERE
SEIU’s account of Biden’s day with Clemons. CLICK HERE
SEIU video about his day with Clemons: CLICK HERE
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