A furloughed employee of the Internal Revenue Service in Ohio began a hunger strike as a “personal protest” to the government shutdown, even missing an anniversary dinner with her husband.
Donna Smith of Morrow told WLWT she lost 10 pounds and says she’s not going to eat any solid food until the government is running again.
“It’s time to walk the walk, and this is nonviolent and this is my own personal protest,” Smith said.
Smith sees her sacrifice as an act of solidarity with other furloughed workers. While she and her husband are doing fine financially during the furlough, she sympathizes with other federal employees who are struggling to put food on their tables.
Smith, who works in downtown Cincinnati, sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, asking him to resolve the budget impasse.
“I know all of our representatives are very serious,” she said. “They have very serious positions, but then be serious; put yourself on the line. Really think about what you’re doing and who you’re affecting.”
She started her hunger strike of Oct. 7. Since then she’s gotten all her nutrition from water, tea, and Ensure nutritional shakes.
She missed a 35th wedding anniversary dinner with her husband on Sunday.