When I arrived at the event, I was met by a diverse group of progressives at a backyard picnic table…
We chatted for a while and ate a delicious assortment of foods – our hostess, Sabine (a naturalized US citizen, sworn in just this past February!) was quite gracious, as she kept the wine and veggie burgers flowing. We talked about the climate crisis for a while, and I eventually asked if anyone had heard of Jamie Eldridge. A few folks had, but many had not heard of him – I ran down the race for them and handed out some literature from the campaign. Then I hit them with the big question – would they like to meet Jamie? The response was an overwhelming yes, and by this time there was at least a dozen attendees – I called the campaign.
After dinner, we went inside to have dessert – our hosts have a rather large wicker bear that I felt was worth a picture:
We settled into couches and chairs and began to watch a collection of video clips of each Democratic candidate responding to MoveOn member questions about the climate crisis – we got as far as Obama when the doorbell rang, and our host announced “Jamie Eldridge – Candidate for Congress!!”
As you can see, we wasted no time in putting him on the hot seat – our hostess asked the first question, “Tell us, why should we vote for you?” Jamie laid out his progressive stand on the most vital issues we face: he wants to bring the troops home from Iraq, he wants dramtaic action on global warming now, he supports HR 676 for universal single-payer health care. But most importantly, he said, he’ll earn their votes by standing up to the entrenched power structure in Washington, just like he did in Massachusetts when he stood up to the former Speaker of the Massachusetts House, Tom Finneran, on the day he was sworn into office.
We went around the room after that, with everyone asking questions on a myriad of topics, and Jamie handled them all with substantive, thoughtful answers. He spent the better part of an hour on this discussion, and I think the crowd was duly impressed. I got to announce “last question”, but Jamie stayed for quite a while after that and mingled with the crowd. One last photo of Jamie and our hostess, Sabine (blonde), and another attendee whose name escapes me at the moment:
Absolutely the best MoveOn party experience I’ve ever had – how was yours?