Party of Five
They had mailed out 250 invitations. It was noticed on Prime Buzz. That’s how I heard about it. It was a St. Louis fundraiser for Charlie Wheeler’s State Treasurer bid. I figured I’d swing by, check out the crowd and the candidate.
It was scheduled to begin at 5:30, but often these things don’t get going right away. I arrived around 6:30. I’d never been to Andre’s Banquet Center before. As I pulled up I figured there was parking around the back I’d missed because there weren’t more than three or four cars in front. I opened the door to the eerie quietness of horror movie. Then I was shocked. I entered the banquet room and found Wheeler, his campaign manager Greg Lever, and third unknown friend that had traveled with Wheeler from Kansas City, and Rep. Vicki Schneider, who helped host of the event. And then there was me. Not one of the 250 invitees showed up. Instead I showed up. Someone they hadn’t invited. I’d planned to blend into the crowd, get a tid-bit or two. Stand in the back of the room, take a measure of this man Wheeler, see how he worked a room, how he delivered a stump speech.
Instead I was the center of attention. Would I like some food? There was an untouched buffet line. Would I like a drink? There was a bartender awaiting my order. Alas, I got some undivided time with the candidate who didn’t seem bothered at all by the, um, low turn-out.
Wheeler feels good about the way the race is shaping up, by the way.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wheeler Can Throw a Party
MoScout is Missouri political insider's daily email. Dave Drebes does a really nice job of just keeping track of what is going on inside Missouri politics. Every Friday he sends a summary that can be shared. Today's MoScout Weekly Summary had this interesting tidbit.