posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Sunday, November 13, 2005
Yours truly attended a 4th Congressional District Republican Dinner Saturday November 12th in El Dorado that was billed as a "tribute to Ronald Reagan". Republican Gubinatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson was the keynote speaker.Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh of Cabot was the Master of Ceremonies. He agreed to work the event for 4th District Chairman Dr. Kermit Parks, who organized the dinner. El Dorado is way outside of the 1st Congressional District where Stumbaugh is seeking a seat in Congress. Stumbaugh noted in his list of "top 10 signs that your campaign is in trouble" that it is a sign of potential trouble when you fly to El Dorado for a campaign event when you are running for office in the 1st District. Stubby actually M/C'ed the event as part of his duties as GOP Vice-Chairman, and perhaps in hopes of fundraising.Your truly, representing the Senator Jim Holt for Lt. Governor Campaign, gave the invocation. I lived and taught in El Dorado for years, and everyone made me feel very welcome- even though it is widely known down there that I am in the CP. There were lots of warm hugs that were appreciated, especially from my former campaign manager (Republican Women Icon Marilyn Ellen)from my race against Jodie Mahony in 98.On auction was campaign memorabilia from as far back as 1964. Who can forget Barry Goldwater's famous quote? "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." Secretary of State Candidate Jim LaGrone had a representative at the event as well.Since it was veterans day we had a salute to veterans. Opening remarks were on videotape from Governor Mike Huckabee who said we did not need any advice from "Barbara Striesand and P. Diddy" on how to vote.National Committeman Jim Burnett was in attendence, and held the winning number in the money tree raffle- the proceeds of which he immediately donated to the Asa Campaign and perhaps others.Holly Lundstrom spoke on what it takes to attract younger voters. They identify with education, job opportunities, and strong leadership.Asa opened by acknowleding the need for new roads between El Dorado and Little Rock- which seem to resonate with the crowd. While the proposed bond issue might not address that, and while "he might have done it a different way" than to have revolving debt, Asa urged voters to approve the bond issues. He said the purpose of the smaller education bond issue was to provide "global connectivity" to our state colleges and educational institutions. He did not specifiy if that included "Workforce Development Centers" or if it was for traditional college campuses.Asa talked about the need to bring good jobs to the state so that young people would not feel the need to move away after college.If anyone else that was there has more specifics about the event, please post it here....
Did he talk about his connection to Reagan? Reagan appointed him to be the youngest U.S. Attorney in the country.
I remember him saying something about Ronald Reagan. That might have been it.I also want to add that former state rep. Russ Bennett did a stiring rendention of "We Want America Back". I love that song.
Mark sounds like you went to a good event, I on the otherhand sat in veterans day to hear Blanche,Pryor and Berry talk to a group of farmers. It was Sponsored by the farm bureau. Once again I have free DVDs available, if you want to sleep. I never heard three people say so much and not say a thing constructive. More of the Same Blame game and how they too (Blanche and Berry) were having their own problems. In other words no one stood up and took responsibility for anything even though all our problems are going on during the band of threes watch. Maybe thats why I dont get any takers on the DVD I did. I will even pay the postage. I did see my opponent slinking in the background but as usual he did not speak. I spoke but again it was a matter of woops look at the time here.
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