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Day 1: The Treehouse Winery and More

by Steven Elbaum

This will be updated as more posts come in. It starts at the top with Monday morning.

Connecticut delegates arrived over the weekend and throughout the day and we had our first official event at the Treehouse Winery outside of Charlotte. As you can see from the attached picture, despite some intermittent showers, we were treated to a barbeque in a pastoral, vineyard setting. The winery took its name from its elaborate treehouses. 

State (and town) party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo gave a well-received welcome speech – in which she reminded us what differentiates us from the delegates to the recent Tampa convention. The Connecticut delegation is divided equally between men and women, our ages range from the early 20s to the early 80s. We come from all parts of the Nutmeg State, we are ethnically diverse and we were all elected.

Back in our hotel rooms at the airport Doubletree hotel, we went through our swag bags filled with name tags, official looking programs, union-logoed “thundersticks”, cause items from NARAL and  goodies from near (Milford magazine) and far (brown sugar from a Florida refiner).

After dinner, our Governor gave a rousing toast as he welcomed us at a cocktail party along with the New Hampshire delegation and implored us to campaign for the ticket in New Hampshire and support our own Chris Murphy. Governor Malloy is in high demand – others mentioned that he had three other events to attend after our 9pm party – even so, he managed to take many photos and great every attendee.

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Downtown Charlotte is all fences, cops and delegates. Very little street traffic, but no shortage of street corner preachers.

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I can't imagine there are any tv cameras elsewhere in America.

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Malloy (fresh from Morning Joe on msnbc), Dodd, Larson, Murphy and Delauro all made the rounds. DNC leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz addressed us.

Then off to Chris Murphy event at Capital Grille.

Downtown Charlotte is all fences, cops and delegates. Very little street traffic, but no shortage of street corner preachers.

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And the clever message delivery award goes to planned parenthood!

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15,000 press credentials were issued.

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One of many pre-speech events at the EMK Institute gathering. Great stories and speeches by Sen Kerry, Dodd, Mayor Mennino, Gov Deval Patrick. All emphasizing that public service is a noble profession.

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Lots of applause for Governor Malloy as he talks about protecting medicare, tax fairness and women's health care. Larson and Courtney and Malloy spent a lot of time with the Connecticut delegation. Larson is a great story teller and Courtney has to be the nicest, most down to earth person in Congress.

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Governor Strickland of OH got a big cheer with "even mitt romney's money needs a passport- it summers on the beaches of the cayman islands and winters on the slopes of the swiss alps."

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Huge roars from the crowd with highlights of the Ted Kennedy- Romney senate debate after Romney declared that he was pro choice and Kennedy retorted that HE was pro choice and romney was multiple choice!

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Connecticut delegation has great seats, stage right and at mid court.  Better than the tv networks.

Rosa Delauro spoke tonight along with other female leaders. The CT delegation danced along with the music, taking her lead as she exited.

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Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined the CT dinner.  Blumenthal's introduction of Murphy as the next JUNIOR senator got a standing ovation.

Murphy's speech was lively and full of applause lines regarding fighting for health care and women's rights. He reminded us of the tea party's takeover of the Tampa convention and what his race for senate means for the balance of power in DC.

He also mentioned that. McMahon has outspent Murphy 8 to 1 and has had the luxury of not responding to reporters.

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Lots of applause for Governor Malloy as he talks about protecting medicare, tax fairness and women's health care. Larson and Courtney and Malloy spent a lot of time with the Connecticut delegation. Larson is a great story teller and Courtney has to be the nicest, most down to earth person in Congress.

DS September 08, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Who cares ??
Tom Kelly September 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Steve, thank you for your updates. I watched the convention each night, and your updates brought us closer to you all in Charlotte. I wish I could have been there. It was a truly great convention.
MAC September 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
"Standing ovation" for the professional student activist who demanded "gimme free contraceptives," and accolades for "Barney Frank and his husband." This is what the formerly respectable Democratic party has descended to, as their only hope for relevance and electoral success is to LIE about their opponents, appeal to the most extreme fringe elements, stir up racial divides and class envy, and incentivize more DEPENDENCY upon government to be the "Daddy" and Provider. By the latter standard, Obama is a roaring success, as 48 MILLION Americans are now on Food Stamps, and the REAL unemployment (including those who are underemployed, only have PT jobs or have given up looking) is around 15 %. As to the current "labor participation rate -- the share of the working-age population that has a job or is looking for a job. First, men's participation rate fell to its lowest point on record (since 1948). Second, the overall participation rate fell to its lowest point since 1981." http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/why-did-the-male-labor-participation-rate-fall-to-an-all-time-low/262100/
Archie Bunker September 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
A freak show for the mainstream media. Lots of yelling and anger (I thought Joe Biden was going to spit out his toilet-bowl caps last night). Same old story as 2008, but with a record that proves it doesn't work. I hope our governor and his troop of drunken sailors had a swell time.
Steve E September 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
MAC, Food stamp eligibility requires income roughly below $24k. No one can subsist on that income. Providing food stamps allows people to barely live. The benefit is about $200/month. No person desires to be on food stamps. It is the least our government should do to help out less fortunate people by providing them with food benefits. The Gallup organization estimates that 25% of america is gay or lesbian. Hardly a fringe element and a group that has been marginalized only by consistent discrimination. Why not just stop the discrimination and provide tax, health care and all other benefits to everyone regardless of sexual orientation? Finally, compare the numbers of private sector jobs created per month in the last 4 years of the Bush Administration to the Obama administration. Yes, times are bad, but they would be terrible if we went back to what things were like 4 years ago. Open your door and see the country and you might just open your mind a little too... Steve
Tom Kelly September 09, 2012 at 01:37 AM
More angry rhetoric from MAC as she is apparently ok with children in poverty not getting enough to eat while everyone who "built it" on the Republican side gets another tax break. It's a great country if you are on the right side of the abundance/poverty line. "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me."
DS September 09, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Tom, you are a completee idiot..you and the Dems need to find something else to bash republicans other than "tax breaks" or "the wealthy"!!! Not all republicans are rich,, and by the way "The Rich" under Obamas tax plan is anyone who has investments, stocks, additional property etc... That can get taxed even more through capital gains ..So get off your DA rhetoric about republicans and find something else to discuss !!
Tom Kelly September 10, 2012 at 01:09 AM
DS, you see that I can make my points without personal insults, which as you can see from most pages on Patch, most of which I don't post in, the far right has a hard time doing. Politeness and respect are not your forte. I was responding to an outright attack on the Democrats posted in a blog from the Democratic convention. For everytime I have mentioned Republicans on Patch, MAC has attacked the entire Democratic Party 100 times. And I will not back off from my opinion, so I'm sorry if you don't like it.
DS September 10, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Tom, I am attacking you for being a complete idiot !!
Tom Kelly September 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM
OK, you have freedom of speech and if you want to continue the poor behavior, go ahead. But when the far right continues to use anonymous insults and disrespectul angry rhetoric, it does nothing to enhance the credibility of your arguments. All it does is appeal to like-minded individuals.

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