The Democratic Party's State Convention was held Saturday at the Credit Union in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium. Nearly 800 delegates from all corners of the state met to ratify the party platform and hear from party leaders. The core principle of the Democratic party which resonated throughout the day is the belief in the inclusion of ALL and commitment to ALL, with recognition of the rights and worth of each individual.
Keynote speaker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (successor to Governor Romney) gave a harsh assessment of Romney's term of office and his political sincerity. Patrick talked about President Obama's relentless work to make our country strong despite fierce opposition and that Democrats should not let him be bullied out of office. He reminded us that although steady progress on the economy is being made, there are no quick fixes and that we should turn TO each other and not ON each other as we seek work for the good of all.
In her inspiring words to the delegates, Christie Vilsack said she hopes to bring "civility" to Washington as she seeks to unseat Steve King in her run for the U.S. House of Representatives. She said small town Iowa could teach Washington a lesson on how to get along. She reminded us of the civic, school and church groups where we work side-by-side with those with whom we have political differences. She plans to take that strategy to Washington. Her campaign emphasis is on education, innovation and connection with details of those initiatives on her website.
Grundy County Delegate, Roberta Paige, candidate for District 4 U.S House of Representatives, Christie Vilsack, Grundy County delegate Phyllis Holland. Other delegates not pictured were Ron Brunk and Carol Gordon.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller told the body he was not at the convention to speak about consumer fraud, but rather fraud taking place in political rhetoric. He also said he was appalled by the anti-regulation philosophy of the opponents. He reminded us where we were when President Obama took office and the gains our country has made in many areas since that time. He also reminded us that the success of the stimulus kept us from a great depression but that it wasn't designed to do everything.
Other party leaders who spoke were State Treasurer, Mike Fitzgerald, Congressman Dave Loebsack, Congressman Leonard Boswell, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority leader Mike Gronstal, Congressman Bruce Braley, and Senator Tom Harkin.
Delegates from Grundy County were: Phyllis Holland, Roberta Paige, Ron Brunk and Carol Gordon.