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Friday, October 05, 2007

Bill Richardson in Atlanta
7:00 P.M. Welcome all! It's not every day that the Young Democrats of Georgia are generously treated to free admission to an appearance by a major presidential candidate, but here we are waiting for Bill Richardson at the IBEW auditorium in Atlanta...

7:16 P.M. We are starting to see some of Georgia's VIP (and candidates) trickle in - word is that Governor Richardson will be here in ten minutes.

Senate candidate Dale Cardwell took some time to talk to GADCC chair and honorary Young Democrat Mike Berlon...

Former Secretary of State candidate Gail Buckner has made an appearance (some of us will be seeing her again tomorrow at the GFDW meeting)...

And super YD power friend Melanie Goux got some face-to-face time with the chairwoman of the whole enchilada, Jane Kidd, heading the Democratic Party of Georgia!

We're starting to hit the food...

7:30 P.M. Governor Richardson has arrived and is needless to say the most popular person in the room! He talked with our own Melissa Thompson for a good while - maybe he won himself a new convert? Ed Hula had a chance to meet the governor as well...

Governor Richardson has made his first rounds around the room and Richard Ray is gathering us together.

7:38 P.M. Mike has just finished introducing the evening and Chairwoman Kidd is introducing the governor. Just look at this assemblage of Democrats on the stage!

Our own Shelby is fortunately handling the video, allowing this blogger to continue snapping and typing...

We're getting ready for the main event!

7:47 P.M. The governor is speaking and I am very happy to report that he is finally showing some of his charisma - this is a speech I wish he could give more, it would really help his candidacy. He's into it...

He even took time to recognize the candidates in the room - here he is pointing out Senate candidate Rand Knight, who I haven't managed to get a good picture of yet...

We're in the campaign speech now, and he's speaking to labor issues firstly - glad to say he knows where he is, and he's already got a reputation as a strong union guy.

7:55 P.M. Nice. Governor Richardson just called our fuel efficiency standards "pathetic". You can say that again! He's finishing up (rather than starting) with Iraq, which I think is interesting. "How many troops are we leaving behind? Zero." I think that's the right answer for everyone in this crowd except Shelby and Ed...

Incidentally, check out the diversity of the crowd here, including DPG rock star and Constituency Groups Vice Chair Virgilio Perez Pascoe...

And look who's joined us, State Representative Nan Orrock, a rock star in her own right!

The governor is wrapping up his speech, and it's a lot better than what I remember from the YDA Omaha meeting. Look for Shelby's video, it's worth seeing.

8:04 P.M. Well, he SAID he was wrapping up, but I'm not complaining - this is good! He's been counting off what he's going to be doing as President, and he got a big round of applause by putting the Equal Right Amendment back on the table. YAY!

We're a.l.m.o.s.t. done (but you're ALWAYS almost done at these things, lol...) And NOW he's done. The seated folks have gotten to their feet and it's worth it! Representative Pedro Marin from Gwinnett is giving the gift on behalf of the party - we're making Bill an honorary citizen of Georgia, peanuts not included. I'll snap a few more pictures of the scene here as the governor prepares to head out to (where else) Iowa.

8:18 P.M. We're wrapping up here, but not without some more great photos!

We've got intrepid reporter Shelby doing postgame punditry with Tasso Knight, another good pal of ours...

From the GADCC and the Young Democrats of Georgia, thanks for coming, Governor Richardson!

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posted by Ataru Atlanta at 10/05/2007 07:00:00 PM


Blogger shelbinator said...

Well, if everyone in this crowd manages to get someone to withdraw every single solitary troop (including the thousands the embassy will need for protection), I hope it's everyone else's children that get drafted to go back and die there for Round 2 and not mine. Ed's can go, too, as Richardson was his #1 choice last time I checked.

10/06/2007 03:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

Jesus christ shelby, I am helping humanity by not having any kids...

And could you possibly have taken a picture that turned up slightly worse... :)

10/06/2007 01:00:00 PM  

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