Having just returned from the first Ballots and Brews event held by the Young Voters Coalition, I have a few insights.
One of which is that, if you wanted to hear first-rate political gossip, you should have been there. It was a three hour game of inside baseball. Just keep your pen sheathed and your notepad in your back pocket.
Those who weren't there might wonder who was there. Those who were there know the answer.
If you were there around 6:00, you could have talked to Lenny Curry. Around 8:00, and you would have seen Alvin Brown, who worked the room like Bill Clinton himself (who apparently is going to be in town tomorrow for a big ticket fundraiser and a meeting with 250 "influencers", if the gossip tonight was on point). And staying the entire evening, Bill Bishop, who was in his element, talking to some of the most engaged voters in the entire city of Jacksonville.
If you wanted to talk to staff members, you would have seen them in force. From Curry campaign ops to key City Hall personnel, they were there -- and they were telling hilarious stories.
Sorry if you missed it. I can understand. You were busy. It was cold out. Riverside might have been far away.
But it was an epic party.
Sheriff and Council candidates were there in abundance. Michelle Tappouni, Tommy Hazouri, Anna Brosche, Mincy Pollock, Tony Cummings, Jay Farhat, and a few more were working the crowd, pressing flesh and influencing voters.
Not just any voters either. But the ones who really give a damn. The most independent thinkers in the city were are Intuition Ale.
You weren't there? You missed Jesse Wilson and Wayne Wood. Kerry Speckman and Meredith O'Malley Johnson. And one of my favorite people in the city, James Richardson, who was dressed impeccably as always.
You were drinking somewhere else? Hmm. Hard to beat Intuition Ale. I hope you liked your PBR.
If you needed proof that Jacksonville is really a small town, you would have … More