Major props to the First District Central Committee members, Karl Gilbertson of Cedar Falls, Dan Nicholson of Dubuque and John Ortega of Bettendorf for putting together a 1st District Leadership Conference in Dubuque.
There were about 20 members of County Leadership when I was there, on the hottest day of the year, and they were very eager to jump the Democrats. I definitely came away with the impression that we need more and more regular district meetings around the state. I’d love to hear from county leadership around the state, and especially around the 3rd District on that idea. Feel free to use TheRealSporer blog to post ideas.
It was pretty clear that 1st District county leadership is looking for new ways to get out the vote. The gist of the problem is finding something that motivates the 1/4 and 2/4 voter to vote in an off year election. It seems that the more minds that contribute to solutions to that age old question the more likely we are to find the better solution. We can only gain from a regular meeting of the minds of the people who live in the counties that make up our respective districts.
The Chairman’s Dinner was a great night in Cedar Rapids, and the Rapidians were gracious hosts. On top of everything, the kick boxers were in town, same facility, and boy did they add a little fun to the entire evening.
I was hoping to talk to both Bill Dix and Paul Pate but neither was in attendance, something of a surprise. Paul came and left early and Bill wasn’t there at all. Feel free to use TheRealSporer to let me know how you all think I should cast my vote for our Secretary of State nominee.
Whatever you think of Chris Woods, and most think little, the kid had testicular fortitude in showing up. However, I’m sure the prospect of being in the same range as big cats like Yoda, Sporer’s Hot Spouse and Jeff Fuller just scared the kittens out of the young nihilist.
By the way, everyone who has heard Mitt Romney understands the context in which he uses the expression “tar baby” and everyone knows it isn’t racist or even racial. It has to do with actual tar or some other natural adhesive to which everything sticks. I’m not carrying Mitt’s proverbial brief but there is enough offensive conduct in the world that no one needs to borrow any so folks, let us be offended when we know some one is trying to offend us and not when we know that they are not.
In the immortal words of John Riggins-lighten up!