….then fight em on the ice.
This is the campaign theme for David Van Os.
There was a large number of bloggers working the convention in many areas, not just blogging.
I crashed a few parties during the Texas Democratic Convention and took almost 150 high quality pictures including more then a few backstage shots. I authorize the use of these photo's for bloggers, candidates, and campaigns. Click the thumbnail, then download the high quality versions for best results.
This is a video record of my time at the convention.
Warning: Video heavy diary below!The intro photo seems to have been edited out of this post here is Snarko's David Van Os car. Repainted from it's incarnation as a Kucinich mobile.
I started my weekend with a get together breakfast thanks to Rachel Van Os that was attended by TxSharon and a the hardest working team at the convention.
On the way to the Convention Center we passed Fred Head's (Comptroller General) “broke down bus.” which was parked in front of the main entrance to the convention center.
Right accross from there I caught VaLinda Hathcox (Land Commisioner) setting up Dale Henry's (Railroad Commisioner) booth, which she shared with him.
This was “statewides row” that included Barbara Radnofsky's (Senate) space. Undoudtedly the most popular area of the exhibition hall since David, Hank, Dale, and VaLinda spent a lot of their time there. Maria Louisa spent her spare time there also.
Behind David and Hank's booth Net Neutrality advocate Tim Barnwell (TX-26) had a well set up booth.
David and Hanks space was the best set up booth in the hall thanks to Rachel and Faith Chatham (far left).
I came across Annatopia while she was live blogging on the convention floor.
Anna truly crashed the gate by being elected to the Resolutions Committee for the Party.
Friday was spent bouncing in and out of the caucus' while assisting Maria Louisa Alvarado (Lt. Governor).
I was tasked with leading Maria to the various caucuses she wanted to attend and informing the leaders that she was their to speak with them.
Almost every caucus allowed her to speak at the first opportunity.
Saturday morning I passed out campaign material for Maria Louisa at the major caucuses that were held that morning prior to going backstage where I put on my photographer hat and became photographer for the down ballot statewide candidates.
I got some excellent pictures of the speeches and behind the scene pic's of a few prominent individuals.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) with Maria Louisa.
Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) with Maria Louisa.
I heard Chet Edwards announced so I went out before the stage for some pic's of his speech.
After the Congressional slate Maria Louisa Alvarado gave an excellent speech which seemed to surprise the crowd who new little about her.
I made the suggestion that Maria get out from behind the podium so a microphone was set up, just a little late though.
David showed why he is a crowd favorite with an impassioned speech
which wowed the crowd.
Even though the leadership failed to bring Bush to task for the last 12 years, the crowd's reaction to David proved that the delegates were ready to.
Fred Head (Comptroller) was joined on stage by his wife Marsha.
Hank Gilbert's son's were next on stage to introduce their father.
Look out for screaming Republicans who don't believe that Democrats should be allowed to share the flag.
Hank's speech was extremely well received.
VaLinda Hathcox was slated to be up next, but the leadership pulled some parliamentary slight of hand and spent most of the next 5 hours on the Party Chair election. VaLinda never made it back to the stage.
David Van Os showed his interest in the Party as a whole by attending the convention as a spectator.
Here is another candid shot of David setting behind Annatopia in some empty seats on Bloggers row.
I spent that period of time over on the press tables which were set up because of the bloggers.
This was the first time the convention center has set up tables in the front rows on the floor.
Bloggers were not only given press credentials, they were also allowed free access to the wireless network which would have cost $24 dollars a day otherwise.
PDiddie was there along with Annatopia.
Bill Howell of Stout Dem Blog spent more time on the floor then any other blogger there. Give him some kudos in the form of a blogswarm on his site.
At 4:45 Dale Henry (Railroad Commissioner) finally got to the stage before a diminished crowd.
Justice Bob Gammage (Gubernatorial primary candidate) gave an excellent introduction
for Judge Bill Moody. (Tx. Supreme Court).
J. R. Molina was the last statewide candidate to speak.
These three were included in the same video on the TXDemocrats youtube site.
I truly enjoyed the weekend even though my body is no longer designed for spending three days in continuous movement and activity. This is Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee with me backstage.
My observations showed a few problems with how the convention was handled. The battle between Glen Maxey and Boyd Richie overshadowed the entire convention. The Party's job should be the election of our entire slate of candidates but there was way to much money and energy invested in an inner party battle that should have been used to promote the Party, our ideals, and especially our candidates. The battle wasn't the problem, the investment was.