Vice President Joe Biden arrived in the Park City area under heavy security Tuesday evening as he headed to a fundraiser in the Snyderville Basin.
The motorcade, consisting of a fleet of law enforcement and other official vehicles, passed Kimball Junction at 7:30 p.m. as it turned southbound. Traffic on S.R. 224 was stopped in both directions just before the motorcade passed. Drivers were prohibited from turning onto the state highway for a time.
A group of Republicans held a demonstration along the side of S.R. 224 outside the Sheldon Richins Building. The group, numbering about 25, held signs criticizing President Obama. A Summit County Sheriff's Office deputy told the demonstrators they could not approach the side of the road. One of the demonstrators sounded an air horn, prompting the deputy to order the person to stop.
Henry Glasheen, the chairman of the Summit County Republican Party, attended the demonstration, saying in an interview he would have preferred Biden be out and about while he is in Park City. He said presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his supporters were more visible while they were in Park City recently for a large gathering.
"Do something. It's a resort community. Get a bike . . . I will give him a Zip Line pass," Glasheen said about Biden.
He nicked Biden for criticizing the wealthy for not paying their fair share in taxes but then visiting Park City to raise money, describing the community as a "mecca of (the) 1 percent in Utah."
The fund-raiser was scheduled at the home of John and Kristi Cumming. Admission started at a $100 donation per person and climbed to $25,000 per couple for the co-chairs of the event. The co-chairs could raise $50,000 instead of making a donation.
Biden was scheduled to remain in the Park City area Tuesday night and leave on Wednesday.