I promised I'd give an update on the two Moore for Governor events this week, and after Thursday's vote in Congress, I'd rather write about something that won't make us angrier. Unfortunately, both of my digital cameras broke, so I don't have any photos from the surprisingly well-attended Charlotte event, but luckily the campaign has a flickr account with photos from Tuesday's kickoff event, and I've got the story (If you want more on the Treasurer's message, try my earlier blog post).
There was a lot of news coverage for the Oxford event on Tuesday, so I'll sum it up by saying that there was great food, great music, and enough people to fill up the quad at Webb High School. I saw many familiar faces there, including YDNC President Zack Hawkins, and while attendance does not imply an endorsement, the energy and buzz at the event was palpable enough to scoop with a spoon.
The Charlotte event was a different affair with many setbacks - the road around the building was blocked off for Speed Street, and the event had to be held at noon - but there was still a crowd of at least 70 people, including two Democratic County Commissioners, Charlotte Chamber members, and a few President/CEOs of Charlotte Businesses. So Richard changed his message for this jet-set downtown crowd, right? Not at all. Whether they were eating barbecue or ballroom catering, supporters and attendees at Moore for Governor events this week heard that covering the North Carolina citizens that don't have health care makes moral sense and economic sense. They heard about our shrinking Main Streets, our growing tuition bills, and similar middle class struggles, and they were happy to hear solutions to these problems that would irk Art Pope's corporate donors to the nth degree.
Now, the Charlotte event was held on my birthday, right before my birthday lunch, so I had a person with me who isn't involved in politics ... at least not how we are. And he doesn't like politicians. But he was still impressed, and "could tell why people liked him."
I'll be completely honest - the stump speech is pretty good, but it could use a little work (these were the first two times it was given to the general public). Also, I'll agree with RobertP that I'm not a fan of saying "access" to health care. But that didn't make the crowds in attendance at both events any less enthusiastic with their cheers. Every person who wanted to speak with Richard - even at the Oxford event - was able to ask their questions and speak their mind, and Treasurer Moore was there long enough to listen. The only unhappy face I saw the entire time was a crying baby.
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