Saturday, June 02, 2007

Look, honey--Democrats! Notes from the John Edwards fundraiser

VoU2 attended the John Edwards fundraiser at the Depot on Friday, and scored some good photos. A few pictures and observations:

Contrary to a prediction on the KSL.comment board, more than two people showed up.

It was so dark in The Depot that one wonders whether the people there were trying not to be seen.

Non-alcoholic beverages were free.

A number of people in attendance (including VoU2) had not decided on Edwards as their candidate of choice, but wanted to reward a major presidential candidate for venturing into Utah for once, and to encourage other candidates to give us a nod.

Among the more prominent Dems in attendance: Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, Salt Lake City legislator and mayoral candidate Ralph Becker, legislator Brent Goodfellow (taking a break from packing for China, apparently), and Sen. Ed Mayne, looking well in spite of ongoing chemotherapy. Legislators were comped.

Edwards stopped and signed or posed with anyone who asked. Although a handler appeared to make occasional efforts to steer him toward certain people, Edwards didn't seem to care who it was wanting to speak to him.

The woman in this picture, Stacy Holcombe, is hilarious. Among Holcombe's gems: An x-rated impersonation of how gutless our national Democrats were during the early years of the war, and sarcastically pointing out a gaffe by co-host Jeff Eisenberg. (After a rousing speech by Edwards about helping "the poor, the disabled, the disenfranchised," Eisenberg ended the evening on a slight downer by adding, "When I heard that speech in California, I was inspired." As Holcombe pointed out -- in slightly saltier terms -- it seems rather bad form to remind a crowd that it has just heard a canned speech.)

Eisenberg, like many others in attendance, is a lawyer. One person we know, after reading the initial Tribune story about the event, was left with the impression that the event was only for lawyers.

Edwards smartly began his speech with something that many people wondered about but hesitated to ask: "Elizabeth is doing well."

Edwards then made a joke at his own expense about one of his own gaffes. He wants everyone to be able to emerge from poverty, he said, "to go from the son of a mill worker to paying $400 for a haircut." As the audience laughed, Edwards said, "I told that joke earlier today in Los Angeles, but they didn't get it."


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