Now that I've finished my Presidential Candidates series, it's time to tell you the rest of the story!
I had the honor and privilege of meeting these two lovely ladies at the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center during my candidate-stalking journeys. The lady on the left is the widow of a brave soldier who gave his life in the Middle East. The lady on the right is Kelly Sullivan, granddaughter of Al Sullivan, one of the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo who died together on the USS Juneau when the ship was torpedoed.
If you haven't heard of the Sullivans, you should watch the 1944 film The Fighting Sullivans. I believe it's available on Youtube. Kelly was kind enough to autograph my notebook for me with "May the luck of the Irish always be with you!"
The first town hall meetings we went to had virtually no security. Things changed when Carson and Trump got Secret Service protection. At two Trump rallies, the last Carson speech, and the Clinton town hall, we went through detectors and had our bags searched.
I've had a lot of fun taking photos! Since I've already written about him, the second time I saw Trump, I concentrated on photography. The third time, my sister and I managed to get three pictures autographed!
Meet Tana Goertz! She's Trump's Iowa campaign co-chair. She was runner-up on his show The Apprentice. It is an interesting series actually...I've been watching parts of episodes on Youtube lately!
My most embarrassing moment on the campaign trail? Chris Christie has a campaign worker who could be a doppelganger for my state representative (whom I've met and written to). So, I walked up to him and started talking about an issue I had emailed my representative about. Poor guy! Finally he got around to explaining he was a campaign worker. I was confounded, told him he looked exactly like the representative, mumbled my apologies and walked off. I bet campaign workers all have some pretty interesting stories about strange people...like yours truly!
Inspired by the many beautiful scrapbooks created by Carrie at Northwoods Scrapbook, I created my own scrapbook of photos from the events, autographs, and campaign memorabilia from each of the candidates.
But, sadly, not everything on the campaign trail is beautiful. Haters will hate. There's one Big Valley episode (Hide the Children), where Nick Barkley ended up wearing gypsies' clothes, and people hated and tried to hurt him just because they assumed he was a gypsy.
Try holding signs for Rand Paul or saying you just went to a Trump rally and see what reactions you get. Of course there are a lot of nice people, but there are also people who will insult you and say unkind things to and/or about you as a person just because they think you support a certain candidate.
Many feel strongly about politics, which is understandable. But taking those strong feelings and turning them into downright hatred for certain candidates and judging anyone who dares support or even see them is not wise. I see it from both sides, Democrat and Republican. And to supplement their hatred, they propagate unfounded rumors and even downright lies without checking their sources, just because they "sound good." People!! The truth will set you free.
In closing, I would like to thank Iowa Politics Now for writing a very nice article about me, which you can read here --if you're not already exhausted from reading this post!
"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." --John 8:32