Saturday, August 29, 2009

Democrats Gather and Remember Ted Kennedy at RVDW Picnic – Video

Mary Bowers Member of Roanoke Valley Democratic Women

Mary Bowers Member of Roanoke Valley Democratic Women


As Democratic women, candidates and officials gathered at the Longwood Park pavilion Friday evening they payed tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy. Roanoke city’s Mayor David Bowers gave a fitting eloquent speech both remembering Sen. Kennedy and his dream of health care for all.

As an Irishman himself he recalled when he had heard of the other Kennedy brothers deaths – President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy. “With Teddy’s death it invokes the same feelings of loss felt long ago with the death of his brothers, John and Robert,” said Bowers. (See the accompanying video.)

The picnic is a yearly event held by the Roanoke Valley Democratic Women. It is a must attend for any Democratic candidate. Gwen Mason candidate for the 17th district and Carter Turner candidate for the 8th district both spoke to those assembled. Roanoke County Board of Supervisors candidates Pat Patterson, Sarah Goodman and Charlene Waybright also spoke briefly.

Turner said, “it was time for Griffith to go … he does the heavy lifting for the Republican party and has forgotten about the people here.”

Turner has heard from many who say they “don’t support Morgan but they are hesitant about coming out against him … what has happened to our democracy if we have to fear our politicians … our politicians ought to fear us.”

Turner said he will take risks and think outside the box. To applause he proclaimed that Griffith only knows how to say “no.” Though Turner has entered the race late he plans to barnstorm through to November and promises “one hellava victory come November.”

Gwen Mason had everyone chuckling when describing going door to door with Linda Wyatt. When Mason introduced herself she said people would peek around her and ask “is that Linda Wyatt out there?” Mason said Wyatt was seen as “some kind of rock star.” Wyatt is a former member of Roanoke city council.

Representing “Deeds Country” was Carter Batey. Batey explained that when Sen. Creigh Deeds travels throughout Southside Virginia, the New River Valley and Shenandoah Valley “he is either related to them and friends with the rest so everybody knows him.” Deeds Country is the part of his campaign for governor that highlights his rural roots as a resident and representative of Bath County.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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