Greetings from Las Vegas, where the sun is shining and the enthusiasm for our Party is running high. Ten days out from the early caucus in Nevada and 229 days out from the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, we took our “Convention Conversations” series to the Silver State. This was the first in our community forum series outside of Colorado.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was our gracious host as we gathered members of the community at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 525. The first question out of the box: what are the dates of the Convention? A good reminder that our jump start in Convention planning is giving us a unique opportunity to get people thinking about and engaging in the Convention earlier than ever before. For folks in Nevada, that process starts with the caucus on January 19th – and runs through the Convention and all the way to election day.
Just as we’re seeing incredible enthusiasm in Denver and around the region — at these forums, in our service projects and for the Convention in general — we’re seeing incredible enthusiasm for our Party all across the country. Just look at the record turnout in our early voting states.
We came to Nevada to listen — bringing our videographers to record thoughts from attendees on what it means to them to have a Convention — and an early caucus — in the West. We want to know what the people in Nevada care about. And we want to share those thoughts and ideas with our nominee and our delegates. We want to map them into our Convention program. We heard from a number of folks today, and we’re taking all of it back with us to Denver — meaning not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Oh, and I would be remiss if I failed to note three very special guests in attendance today. The parents and aunt and uncle of our own Cameron Moody, Deputy CEO for Outside the Hall Operations, came out to show their support (and have the chance to get all the dirt on Cameron from his colleagues). Charles, Christella, Doby and Lorraine: it was wonderful to meet you!
Here’s video from the event: