1st hand account - Hannity in Gainesville, FLSubmitted by Pdubya on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 10:20
I arrived wednesday for set-up of yesterday's sean hannity fundraiser for the local republicans. only RP supporters showed up to help out the staff set up tables and chairs, etc. since we were there first, we got first dibs on table set up.
thursday my fiance' and I went to the event...black tie and blue jean bbq. at least 30 RP meetup supporters attended. we had a good showing, handing out slim jims, business cards, and got alot of good people thinking. hannity spoke about the repubs losing their conservative ways, but alot of the audience was certainly neocons. alot too, were open and undecided and they were our target.
there were a handful of other sign waivers for other candidates - combined. Ron Paul showing was unsurpassable. I spoke to two young black republicans who were very impressed with RP's message. There were old, young, professional and blue collar RP supporters really working the crowd. A few were in the parking lot before the event was over, placing slim jims in windows. A local radio man wants RP on his show (more later). One sad story is about a woman from the panhandle of florida that had a home schooling program for several hundred children. The Dept. of Education falsely accused her of some crime and she is now fighting the State Dpt of Education (unanswerable to anyone). ...she is now a true RP supporter (more on her story later).
We have a picture of the billboard that is now erected on I-75 near Ocala. Any tips on how to post w/in this message board?...I'm a bit of a net novice when it comes to that....thanks.
All in all it was a successful event. RP supporters were pleasant, professional, and effective. Congratulations and thanks to all who showed up!