I was invited by Senator Bell’s campaign to attend the Chesterfield Nottobenamed/Reagan Dinner. It was a nice presentation with a great speech from Jim Kuhn, who worked for my hero from 1976 through the end of his second term (I am surprised I did not mob him like a rock star!) who wrote this book: Ronald Reagan in Private.
Senator Martin and Delegate Bell won the straw poll. I met several people – thoroughly enjoyed my brief meeting with Del. Riley Ingram (My wife was an Ingram first!) and also ran into Major the sign king from the Mechanicsville TP. I met again Bishop E.W. Jackson, who is the front runner for my endorsement and vote but maybe my help is not much for them! Bishop Jackson is a great campaigner. I also met the BBQ candidate: Pete Snyder. He is very impressive in person. Genuine charisma – even handsome. Snyder strongly encouraged me to support him. Finally I met Susan Stimpson, the chairman of the Stafford Board of Supervisors and the Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lisa Caruso.
It was a challenge: Having to look at the Sixteenth President’s picture all over the walls of the ballroom! Thankfully photographs of Reagan were there too. There is in interesting article (which I agree with) urging the Dems to dump Andrew Jackson as an icon. They said this:
With Republicans also raising money with Lincoln-Reagan dinners this spring, Democrats have to take a harder look at what the past means for their future. If so, they’ll find it’s not hard to do better. Roosevelt-Kennedy has a nice ring to it.