Monday, October 01, 2007


I cannot think of any way to put this but to put it: no one showed up for the Josh Ruebner “Meet-n-Greet” yesterday afternoon. Granted, it was gorgeous day, and football was on. I was not expecting a heavy turnout, but having no one show (of course, my worst fear) was a killer.

I’ll admit embarrassment both at having him and no one else there, and having to admit that on this blog. Mr. Ruebner was very understanding, and after an interview, he left for other campaign stops.

I’m also embarrassed for us in Buckingham. Like I said, I wasn’t expecting the whole neighborhood to turn out, but if this is how we’ll be come election day, we’ll deserve the disinterest from the county that sometimes we get.

Issues of pedestrian safety and public drinking get people’s dander up and get them to a couple meetings. But it can’t stop there. I am afraid the energy those issues generate will disappear into people’s homes.

It must become something more public, more active.

Coming out to events where you can meet with candidates is one way to do that—even the candidates you don’t think you agree with. So is joining the Buckingham Community Civic Association—their meetings often draw just a small group (the next is Monday Nov. 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Arlington Oaks Community Center). Sit in on a Buckingham Village 3 Working Group meeting; go to the DRC meeting regarding the redevelopment of the N. Glebe Road and N. Pershing Drive intersection.

We have two more “Meet-n-Greets” scheduled. The next is with Mike McMenamin, a Republican, running for a second time. We’ll meet him on Sunday Oct. 14, 2:00 – 4:00. Now, I must insert here that a woman from the Chatham showed up at about 3:00 p.m. yesterday, about 20 minutes after Mr. Ruebner left. She, like I, was surprised that no one came, and had really wanted to meet Mr. Ruebner. Fashionably late might be too late, people.

We meet with Democrat Mary Hynes on Monday Oct. 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. I’ll have more about her in a week or so.

Please come to these; I’ll bring the cookies.

Thanks for your efforts, Steve. Sincerely.
I know just what you mean, because I had an event last Sunday as well, only mine was for the entire 15th Senate district!

4 people showed up, and the food was fantastic. Although that's better than none, it was a disappointment to my wife and I, since it was our reception for him and his wife.

Sometimes we just have to plug on through and do what we can. I like your blog. Nice work.

By the way, I live in Cumberland County.

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