WATERLOO - The Republicans of Black Hawk County issued a statement Thursday objecting to a protest outside Iowa State Sen. Majority Leader Bill Dix's home in Shell Rock in Butler County Saturday, organized by union members and Democrats.

"The Black Hawk County Republicans are outraged at the planned protest/ picket at the home of Sen. Bill Dix," the statement read. "If you disagree with Sen. Dix or his policies or actions that is fine. Call his office, make an appointment at his office, send him an email or even visit him at the Statehouse. However, to bus people in from who knows where and to go to someone's home and protest/picket outside their front door is beyond the pale."

Busloads from several unions organized by Teamsters Local 238 will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday across the street from Dix's home in Shell Rock "to protest what they perceive as Dix’s attack during the last legislative season on working families, veterans, education, health care and seniors," organizers announced earlier this week.

"The Black Hawk County Republicans will never be protesting outside anyone's home," county Republicans' statement continued. "That is not the civil way to get your point across to anyone. It can only lead to further division. We call on the state and local Democrats to put a stop to this madness and bring some civility back to our political process. This is not who we are as Iowans."

Former Iowa Senate communications director Kirsten Anderson, who complained of sexual harassment and ultimately was awarded a judgment of $1.75 million, will speak.

Concurrently, Butler County Democrats will serve a free-will offering chili lunch from noon to 4 p.m. at the Boyd Building in downtown Shell Rock. Serving will be Tracy Freese, running for Dix's Senate seat.

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