Last night Andy Hurst held a fundraiser at the home of Sharon and Seth Stark to try and bring in some extra cash before the second quarter filing deadline, and he did just that. He also threw a pretty darn good party.
I had a blast, I+óGé¼Gäód guess there were 40-60 people there, and at around 8PM it was announced that $8,500 had been raised so far just on June 30th. That might not seem like a lot, but keep in mind, it was only ONE day+óGé¼Gäós total, and for a House Seat. I can+óGé¼Gäót wait to see the final numbers come out in a few weeks.
Andy laughing it up with Hosts Seth and Sharon with Chairman George Burke looking on.
More importantly, Andy gave an amazing speech, in which he said that he promised to take the fight directly to Tom Davis, and not hold any punches. I wish I had taped the speech to transcribe parts of it here, or at least taken notes. But he mentioned reminding voters about Davis+óGé¼Gäós all expense paid trip to Italy, that Davis subpoenaed Terri Schaivo, and so on. Please contribute so he can continue to spread his message of change to the 11th district.
It should also be noted, that the fundraiser was hosted and attended by all Democratic Party Chairs with jurisdiction over the VA-11 district; George Burke (11th Congressional District Chair), Victor Bras (Prince William County Chair), Ginny Peters (Fairfax County Chair) and Dan Drummond (Fairfax City Chair).
I for one am excited, and am looking forward to Tom Davis having his first real challenge in years. Let me tell you, every Andy Hurst event that I+óGé¼Gäóve gone to, the energy has been electrifying, Andy has been knocking on doors since at least August 2005, and understands people powered politics better than any politician I+óGé¼Gäóve ever met (save maybe Governor Dean).
At the event, I asked Michael Burns, one of Andy's staffers, what the plan was from here to November, this was his response:
"knock on every door in the district...twice"
Mike, Andy Sounds like a plan, let's help them out.
Andy is the first politician that I have ever given money to, and the first Democrat I have ever supported. He's a great guy, I volunteered for him once, and he has remembered my name ever since.
I'll be marching with him in Fairfax City for the July 4th parade, and hope to meet some of you guys there.
I was at his primary night party, and when Davis called to congratulate him, he said something along the lines of "I look forward to campaigning against you in November". Andy told us all and said (paraphrasing), "we've been fighting for a year now, and the full fight starts tomorrow, not in Nov."
I think his field program will help tremendously, so everyone sign up to do some canvassing or phone calls.
We really should get a videotape of his next speech so the whole district should see him; I can't imagine they would vote for anyone else once they do. If we do get one, could we post one on RaisingKaine?
I noticed that too about his speach, how he was able to stay on message and respond to peoples hollaring and questions during his speach.
The key thing I love about Andy is that he works so hard. He makes people want to get behind him with his dedication and fighting spirit. While I don't live in the 11th now, I was gerrymandered out by Tommy Boy. Andy will be a different kind of Congressman. He's earned my loyalty. I'll walk some hundreds of doors for Andy Hurst.
In addition to what the candidates do, I'm hoping to see a strong combined Dem campaign up here for Webb, Andy and Judy Feder. These are all impressive people who will make a big difference in DC.
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My trust and support
None are easily given, but like Judy he's got what it takes.
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Everytime I swing by the campaign office, they have volunteers, interns and staff keeping busy, and whenever I've gone to an event, the energy has been amazing.
Thank you to the poster who said that the party was a blast...Months ago I said to Andy that we really need to put the FUN back in FUNdraising. Good times for a Great Candidate and a Great Cause.
The idea of a last minute mini fundraiser came up only 8 days before the event. Notice of this event went out only 4 days in advance. Due to this short timeframe, we were hoping for somewhere in the range of $2500.00 and we raised much, much more. Think of what we could do with 2 weeks notice! Huge thanks must go out to James Walkinshaw, George Burke, Ginny Peters, Vic Bras and Dan Drummond for their successful efforts in getting this information out to as many people as possible in such a short time and also to veryone who brought food and beverages, . But the biggest Thank You goes out to everyone who came on such short nocice to support Andy... We had guests here from as far away as Gainesville!
In addition to raising a little bit of cash for Andy, we hopefully were successful in achieving another goal - to fuel the excitement that surrounds this campaign. A major reason that I chose to support Andy early on in this race is because of that fire and fighting spirit that he brings to the table. If we keep working together, we can keep these fires burning brightly.
We have an opportunity here in the 11th that we have not had in quite a long time. We have a tide that is turning and the perfect candidate in Andy Hurst. Keep working, keep raising money, keep spreading the word and we will win!
PS - I have a couple of questions -
the party is rated on your site as a "4"...if that is on a scale of 1 - 10, I have a lot of work to do! Please tell me what you rating scale is...
Whoever said 40 - 60 must have stayed in the kitchen. I would guess closer to 85-100.
As far as the ratings. People rate other peoples comments to show approval and gratitude for adding to the community and the debate. (it's a scale of 1-4).
Thanks for always hosting great fundraisers.
we're the Democratic Party, not the Democratic Get Together!