David Steelman had to feel a little outnumbered during his stop at the Lincoln Ladies Ice Cream Social at Memorial Hall in Carthage tonight.
Steelman, standing in for his wife, Sarah Steelman, who did not attend the event, did not have the opportunity to speak, but stood in the back of the auditorium and listened as a letter to the Lincoln Ladies from his wife was read to a crowd of more than 300. After that, it was all downhill for the Steelman campaign.
The next letter came from U. S. Senator Kit Bond, whose message included not only a few digs at Barack Obama which the GOP faithful appreciated, but also a ringing endorsement for Kenny Hulshof's candidacy for governor.
And then it was Hulshof's turn, and the congressman made the most of it. In a speech that ran a little over five minutes, Hulshof made his case for his own candidacy and against Democrat Jay Nixon, even making a point of introducing the Nixon worker who was taping the speech.
A video of Hulshof's speech accompanies this post.
A few other observations from the ice cream social:
-Some candidates didn't miss any bets when it came to placing their signs in the most strategic places. That included Jasper County assessor candidate Gary Allison, public administrator candidate Rita Hunter, and Eastern District county commissioner candidate Blane Mitchell who slapped their signs on the doors of the men's and women's restrooms.
-While Hulshof's speech was probably the highlight for most of those attending, perhaps the three most interesting speeches were made by public administrator candidates Rita Hunter, Angie Casavecchia Ashens, and J. L. "Monty" Morgan, for their contrasting styles, if nothing else. I will be posting those speeches later tonight.
-The ice cream was great!