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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Occupiers" or others looking to crash Wild Hog Supper?

Ah, the famed Wild Hog Supper, the ultimate artery-clogging political networking event. This coming Jan. 8 will mark the 50th year that lawmakers, lobbyists, and politicians of every stripe will convene for the annual BBQ dinner that takes place on the eve of the General Assembly. At the beginning of 2011, the hungry hordes braved icy streets and wintry chill to polish off 20 of the feral porkers from downstate and choke down gallons of Brunswick stew.

But this year we're hearing rumblings that the feast could bring out a few uninvited guests. Over on the Georgia Green Party's website, the feed-a-thon is lambasted as "an odious celebration of privileged excess and access" that should be a target for Occupy-style protests. Elsewhere online there are various Tweets and Facebook updates suggesting that activists are trying to organize a demonstration outside the dinner.

Perhaps they should be made aware that proceeds from the event benefit the Georgia Food Bank Association. Or that the supper is one of the few perks that the starving journalists covering the Legislature can enjoy.

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