|Tom Carroll acted as moderator|
Over the years, I've attended numerous debates. Usually, the audience consists of the candidates and their campaign volunteers. Very few people come just because they are interested. But the opposite is true with these tea party functions. Though largely conservative or libertarian, most of them are there because they take democracy seriously.
I got there a little early so I had a chance to listen to people talk as patriotic videos were streamed by Tom Campione.
"I'm all about America and Donald Trump is the best bet," I heard one fellow say.
"The question is not whether he's a real Republican but a real conservative," said another.
Though I am regarded as something of a pariah in nearly every political circle, a few people do come up and speak to me. Arlene Klocek talked to me of a friend going through a rough time, and how much she and her group of friends are praying for her
And she is.
She likes Cruz.
So does Dean Browning, who is running for Delegate in the GOP convention.
When the show finally started, Tom Carroll himself noted the energy in the room. "We're a little but angry, but we're engaged," he said.
In the next few posts, I will give you a blow-by-blow account of the debate, starting with the 131st Simmons Smackdown and ending with the Congressional Clash.
As much as I slam them, the LV Tea party deserves some recognition for hosting these events. More Democrats need to attend their candidates' nights in the Fall.