State House Rep. Tricia Ann Cotham just pulled off a great fundraiser at the home of Crandall Bowles. From the guest list to the Cabernet Sauvignon, it was certainly one of the best executed fundraisers I've seen in a long time. Guests included the Hon. June Atkinson, NC Speaker of the House Joe Hackney, Lt. Governor Candidate Walter Dalton, Larry Kissell, John Autry, Mecklenburg Commissioners Parks Helms and Chair Jennifer Roberts, Jerry Meek, and yours truly.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm a little biased here. We only have two Representatives in the state house under 30, and it's important for my generation that we have politicians looking out for our issues. If we don't work to solve our problems now, they'll be crises by the time my generation is in power. For example, as Charlotte City Councilman Anthony Foxx told a group of YDs Wednesday night, his financial planner is telling him to prepare for a retirement in which he doesn't receive social security benefits. It's clear that we need representatives to work on our problems now.
In spite my biases, I try to be honest about what's going down, and I've critiqued quite a few people I like on this site. That said, you could tell by the turnout (big) and the sponsor list (bigger) that the Representative knew how to do call time - very well - and that she's worked hard in Raleigh. Even better was that the corporate crowd wasn't a big part of this educator's guest list.
I admit that while a good fundraiser is a indication of a politician's organizational, governmental, and networking abilities, it doesn't necessarily mean that the politician is worthy of our support. But Democrats could learn a thing or two from this event.
UPDATE: The Observer has extra coverage.