Liberty Candidate Chelene Nightingale Ends 190-Mile "Save California Walk"Submitted by photoshopwiz on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 23:04
© 2010 NewsWithViews.com | By Sarah Foster | September 14, 2010
SACRAMENTO – It was an exhausting eight days, but California gubernatorial candidate Chelene Nightingale, the American Independent/Constitution Party's nominee, and her campaign team beat the odds, arriving at the state capital mid-afternoon Friday, Sept. 10, on schedule and on foot – completing an almost 200-mile trek through the San Joaquin Valley that they began a week earlier in Fresno.
If she was in pain, you wouldn’t know it. The 45-year-old “We the People’s candidate” (as she describes herself) walked without any trace of a limp, smiling and waving to the group of local supporters who turned out to cheer her and her companions. Then unaided she climbed the steps to the Capital and raised her arms in a victory salute.
Nightingale and her companions had truly earned the moment. At one point it was by no means certain she’d be able to finish the walk at all, let alone under her own power, because although she had walked the first 60 miles (from Fresno to Merced), by the third day what began as a few blisters developed into open wounds. At that point a doctor who had just joined the march ordered her to stay off her feet and use a wheelchair if she intended to make it to Sacramento.
Now pushing a wheelchair over a hundred miles is no trivial task, and when it’s 104 degrees – that’s serous work. Fortunately, supporters from communities along the way, many of them strangers, joined the group to lend a hand.
“While Chelene is disappointed that the skin on her feet adamantly disagrees with the fire in her heart, she is very thankful to have such loyal friends and supporters to help her through the day,” wrote campaign manager Dani Rascon in an online posting.
Temperatures in the valley soared over 100 degrees some afternoons. At times the road surface was hot enough to fry eggs – which did wonders for the soles of feet. Fortunately, no one else was crippled by blisters-turned-wounds. Although Highway 99 from Fresno north to Sacramento is a straight 172 miles, the walkers had to keep to a parallel road, which sometimes zigzagged away from the highway, taking them far out of the way and adding an extra 20 miles to their journey.
Despite setbacks, Nightingale was determined to walk the final day on her own, a distance of 13 miles from a hotel south of Sacramento. And she did.
“We all could have given up, but we didn’t,” Nightingale shouted from the top of the Capital steps. “And that’s what we have to be for liberty! We have to be ever vigilant and never give up!”
The march was dubbed the Save-Our-State Walk or Hardship Walk – and if you’ve not heard about it that’s no surprise. There’s been an almost complete blackout of news about Nightingale and other third-party candidates this election season. News Blackout