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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

LIVE from Denver: Wednesday state breakfast

I'm at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in south Denver, listening to a fun lineup of speakers talk to the Washington delegation.

So far we've heard from David Rolf, President of SEIUHealthcare 775NW, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota (who filled in for John Kerry at our State Convention in June), Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans, and our very own Brian Baird and Jim McDermott, who represent the 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts, respectively.

Briefly, here's what each of them talked about:
  • David Rolf asked delegates to stand strong for organized labor. It is thanks to unions, he noted, that American workers enjoy the economic security they have today (although admittedly, prosperity has been eroded by decades of right wing anti-union policies)
  • Amy Klobuchar filled us in on some of the backstory of her June trip out to speak to our state convention. Apparently, it was her daughter's thirteenth birthday party, and her husband had to be the host for over a dozen of her daughter's friends, who decided to have a tea party. The Senator also told us a very funny Bill Clinton story.
  • Ray Nagin thanked Washingtonians for all the work we've done to help restore and rebuild New Orleans. A Barack Obama presidency is vital, he explained, if we want to avoid future disaster-response disasters. (We need a President who won't appoint an inexperienced crony to run the Federal Emergency Management Agency).
  • Brian Baird brought his computer up to the podium and read the highlights of a nasty smear e-mail that is being circulated by the right wing against Barack Obama. He warned delegates that the hard work of actually electing Barack Obama to the White House remains ahead of us. Jim McDermott echoed Brian's perspective on the importance of the election.
At present, Dwight Pelz is reviewing logistics for Invesco Field on Thursday.


OpenID kristatla said...

To Whom It May Concern:

While we believe Mr. Nagin has no real political value and find him to generally be of no use in the daily management of our city, we do, albeit regretfully, still pay him a salary.

If you see him at the convention, could you please ask him to call home. Currently there’s a large hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and although we know he can’t find his own behind and to date has accomplished not one darn iota of rebuilding (though he has spent a good deal of the Federal monies traveling, it would be nice to have someone to hang in effigy after the next flood.

If our mayor is busy having drinks with Ben Affleck or Charlize Theron, please don’t interrupt him. We’ve been waiting for leadership for 4 years, a few more hours won’t matter much at this point. However, it may look better to the national media if he occasionally visits us.

Thank You,


August 27, 2008 10:09 AM  

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