In answer to the question I posed earlier regarding what is more fun than a bus load of Republicans on a road trip - I have the answer. Can't think of a thing! Our journey was a resounding success. Thank you to Carol Hornickle, President of Peoria County Republican Women and the entire PCRW and Peoria Republican Central Committee for providing the opportunity for an every day Schmo like myself to rub shoulders with state leaders of our party. What an outstanding line-up of candidates the GOP has to offer and not a moment to soon!
We departed the Repub Headquarters right on time at 8:30 AM. When I boarded our beautifully appointed Peoria Charter bus complete with restroom with our 2 young children in tow, I asked for a show of hands from anyone who wanted to sit next to my kids! Ha ha. Of course, they were welcomed with open arms.
After we arrived we had about 90 minutes to peruse the fairgrounds before the scheduled events began. During that time the kids milked a cow, saw some goats, sheep, pigs and horses, and checked out the Environmental exhibits.
We met back at the Republican tent for a picnic lunch compliments of State Treasurer candidate Judy Baar Topinka. A slate of supporters for just about every Gubernatorial and Senate candidate were present and the kids were in sticker Heaven. By the end of the day they were little self contained parades. Stickers, buttons, fans and other assorted parahenilia flowed freely at this event. It was quite a sight, and my little future GOP-ers felt right at home amidst the charged atmosphere.
We hob-knobbed with candidates and as you can see, several of our gals hold a special fondness for Senate Candidate John Arrington. John has shown the love to Central Illinois and we appreciate it!
There was a great deal of anticipation leading up to the introduction of the candidates, and pretty much the Who's Who of Illinois Republican politics was present, including House Republican leader Tom Cross, our own Aaron Schock, Andy McKenna who resigned yesterday as the Chairman of the GOP, and his designated replacement, Pat Brady.
Not surprisingly, and I may be just a teeny bit biased, the high point of the day was a rousing rally cry from Congressman Schock exposing the failures of the Democratic leadership in Illinois and the unfortunate consequences that have been thrust upon us. "Before I begin, can I please have a show of hands from anyone who is here against their will?" His point was clear. The crowd loved it!
Our final destination was a soiree hosted by State Treasurer candidate Dan Rutherford. Great guy, and thanks for the beer, Dan. Dan is running unopposed at the moment- every candidates dream!
As we prepared for our journey home we were given a final farewell from Senate candidate Mark Kirk and Treasurer Candidate Dan Rutherford, who bid our gang farewell from the front of the bus.
It was just a fabulous time, and the kids are already asking where we are going next. Ideas??? Post them here!
The PCRW at the Women's Expo at the Peoria Civic Center, October 2009
Peoria Repubs take a road trip to Springfield for Republican Day!
Operation Santa 2009
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All Republican All the time!
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Schock at CAT prior to his "NO" vote on the Obama stimulus package
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Best. Governor. Ever.
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