Monday, May 21, 2007
Going through some of my archives recently I came across these pictures from Senator John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign rally in Boston. Mitch Ogulewicz and I were in the very front row, located so that we were in the direct path of CSPAN, which was filming the rally for national broadcast. As it turned out, the only person whose face was on the program more than Mitch and I was McCain himself! I heard from friends and relatives all over the country that they had seen me on national television. Here's a picture I took standing right beneath Big John.
The head of the Western Mass John McCain for President campaign was a local lawyer named Charles V. Ryan. Here is a picture of (L to R) Mitch, Joan Ryan, and Charlie taken by me after the rally.
McCain's 2008 campaign got off to a rocky start but he seems to be finding his footing, helped by rhetoric such as denouncing the Congress for spending like drunken sailors. Unfortunately he's had to drop that line after a Navy veteran wrote in complaining that being a former drunken sailor, he resented being compared to a politician.