September 4, 2007

Labor Day picnic 2007

Many thanks to helpful reader UnionD for sending along these shots from the annual Democratic Labor Day picnic held at Illiniwek park.

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) warms up an already very hot crowd on behalf of the Obama campaign.

Rep. Phil Hare speaks to the crowd as Sen. Jacobs valiantly keeps the flag from falling. To Hare's left are seated the lovely Lisa Bierman, R.I. County Circuit Clerk, Pat Veronda, R.I. County Recorder, State Rep. Pat Vershoore, and Rock Island County Clerk Dick Leibovitz.

Rock Island County States Attorney Jeff Terronez addresses the faithful while county chair Gianulis and Sen. Jacobs appear to be trying to find something.

A lineup of local Dems on the podium. (is that Mr. Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life"?)

Former Rep. Lane Evans was there, and it's great to see him out and about.

In a bit of political unpleasantness, Christie Vilsack, wife of former presidential candidate and Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and who is widely acknowledged as an excellent speaker and campaigner, made the trip to attend but was not allowed to speak on the podium on behalf of her candidate, Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic party also recognized Hellen Heiland and Chuck Johnson for their long time support of unions.


At 9/04/2007 10:48 PM, Blogger Benton Harbor said...

Whoa..... any idea why Ms Vilsack wasn't allowed to speak? Because the featured speaker was touting Obama? Nothing like letting the party faithful hear all from all sides. Seems like the powerbrokers in the RICO Democratic enclave want people to only hear only from/about THEIR favored candidate.

At 9/05/2007 3:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The inevitable condition when power gets concentrated into too few hands.

At 9/05/2007 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the reason that the Iowan former firtst lady was not allowed to speak is because the terrible UNION position of Iowa. Iowa and the Vilsack's have done nothing for labor. She could have spoken at the Iowa rally if they had a right to work law.
Come on Iowa get with the program.

At 9/05/2007 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Clinton wanted to speak she should have shown up.

Hare, Jacobs and Abrocombie were all invited to speak and guess what? They did.

Hilary Clinton was invited and failed to respond. Then a pushy surrogate turns-up and crashes the stage and starts barking commands that labor better let her speak. Who do these people think they are? I am sick of pushy outsider trying to hone in on our labor day celebration and then try and tell us how to run one of Illinois most successful political organizations the Rock Island Democrat County Party!

Hard working labor leaders run the Rock Island County Democrat Party, not Iowans or people working the Republican Chamber of Commerce!

Get your own party!

At 9/05/2007 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.. a Jacobs supporter ranting and displaying crude anger and venom at perceived enemies. What a shock.

And what a surprise that they invent facts and spout amazing tales to bamboozle people.

Now a refined and intelligent woman like Christie Vilsack, representing the front running candidate for president, is a "pushy outsider".

And she "crashes the stage", although by reports of those who attended, she was not invited nor allowed to be on stage.

I really don't think these folks have any conscience whatsoever when it comes to lying to attack anyone who makes them look bad.

If lying is such a constant feature when they feel no one knows who they are here, what do they do when no one's looking in real life?

At 9/05/2007 12:30 PM, Anonymous modify, modify said...

You fogot to mention that Vershoore had a "headache" and that he was on the "lookout" for republicans!

Phil Hare is supressing a laugh while Mr. Ambercrombie orates.

The poor Rep. from Iowa is trying to pat her head and rub her belly at the same time. Doesn't she know how hard that is?

At 9/05/2007 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you saying you know who people are here? I thought that was against the blog policy?

At 9/05/2007 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some thoughts:
I haven't seen a labor leader yet who could even come close to be considered "hard working."

Isn't it interesting that many people always connect the Democratic Party with labor. Yes, the Dem Party has always been considered the party of labor, but labor is not the only source of money for the party. There are plenty of business owners and high rollers that contribute.

Anon @ 9:17... your slash at Rumler (C of C)gives you away.

At 9/05/2007 7:40 PM, Anonymous dem said...

Dope.... Why are you responding as anon?

At 9/05/2007 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh!

RICO touting the benefits of union (in a county that is dying) over the right-to-work State of Iowa, where they have growth!

In addition, you all seem proud of Evans/ Hare - HA!

At 9/05/2007 9:07 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 2:35.

I have no idea who you're talking to, as I've not said anything about knowing anyone's identity.

And it's not blog "policy", but simply a fact that comments are anonymous.

I receive no information about anyone who sends e-mail or comments and as you'd realize if you had a bit of knowledge about how such things work, the only place where your name is associated with an account is with your service provider. They'd have to supply that information and their policy is not to do so unless there's a compelling reason to.

But that said, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out to a near certainty who someone is, especially if you've received perhaps 1500 comment from them in the course of a year or two.

I know you're being willfully dumb, but I'll also explain that it's not exactly tough to identify a Jacobs supporter. As a matter of fact, they have so many of the same characteristics that I could swear it's mostly the work of only one or two people.

I'll let readers decide for themselves who they might be.

At 9/05/2007 9:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dem 7:40.

Why are you making an assumption out of thin air? I'm not responding as anon, and don't do so.

Got anything else you'd like to invent?

At 9/10/2007 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know who catered the picnic this year?

At 9/10/2007 9:15 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

1st picture on top: Abercrombie looks overdressed. He is supposed to be wearing a lei or hawaiian shirt. The suit doesn't fit his hippie persona but I would have loved to hear his speech. Trivia bit: In 1994 Neil co-wrote a great political fiction thriller, about a terror attack on the capital. The book is entitled "The Blood of Patriots".

2nd picture down from the top: There's "Jake and the Fatman"

Where is Boland?! Does he go to these things?

At 9/10/2007 10:44 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 12:38

I don't know who catered it this year. Perhaps some reader may know.

I'm not certain, but I'm thinking that Hy-Vee may have provided the chicken and fixin's in the past. At least it wasn't Johnny's Italian Steakhouse owned by former Republican Senate candidate Mike Whalen.

At 9/10/2007 10:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Seriously, where do you get this crap about Abercrombie's supposed "hippie persona"?

Interesting that he didn't look like a "hippie", so you instead thought you had to dress him yourself to support your rather odd claim.

I've seen him speak both in person and on the floor of the House and nothing about him strikes me as anything like that whatsoever.

But thanks for dredging up the term "hippie". Haven't heard that for about 30 years.

But good question about Boland. Was he there? And if not, why not?

At 9/11/2007 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boland was at the picnic - he was at a table late in the day with some of the Jacobs family, including Denny. It looked very friendly. Maybe Mike got there late? I don't remember seeing him early out there.

At 9/13/2007 9:20 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

I have seen Abercrombie too, on C-SPAN, Notice the beard and long hair, he comes across as the kind of guy you see at Grateful Dead concerts. Prior to his career in congress, he was a beach bum in Hawaii whose favorite issue was legalizing marijuana. So...yeah I think "aging hippie" is a good description. It is refreshing to see somebody unconventional in Congress.

Abercrombie would be a hit anywhere he goes because he is the "poster child" for the values that liberal Democrats represent. And I give Phil Hare credit for being honest and saying "this is who we are" and inviting Neil to be the keynoter.

Just a hunch-They probably brought in Abercrombie because Wavy Gravy was already booked.

At 9/13/2007 11:24 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico, you're killin' me.

I guess conservative really does mean "conservative", as in nothing ever progresses or changes.

During this administration I've heard righties trying to label anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun commies, socialists, traitors, and every goofy thing you can imagine, but now you raise the spectre of (horrors!!) "hippies"?

By the way, Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy is a big fan of the Grateful Dead. Somehow, he doesn't strike me as someone who confuses freedom with laziness,reeks of patchouli oil, and being high a way of life.

I think you should promote a law in Congress called the "Leave no Stereotype Behind" bill.


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