Old Fashioned Democrat Rally
Methuen Councilor Kathleen Corey
Over 8000 people attended
the Deval Patrick-Tim Murray Democratic rally at the DCU
Center in Worcester on Wednesday, October 25. I attended
the rally with West District Councilor Deborah Quinn of
Methuen. We were joined by my daughter Madeline, friend
Pamela Wackowski and her daughter Lauren. People lined
the streets of Worcester for several blocks waiting for
the doors to open. It really was reminiscent of the good,
old-fashioned rallies from my youth.
It was billed as a family friendly event and the
attendees represented various age groups. Young children
attended with their parents and there were several
hundred students from Clark University in the center of
the floor section. American flags were waved and blinding
flashes could be seen during the speeches.
Deval Patrick and Tim Murray were joined by numerous
politicians during the rally. Filing through in runway
form as they were announced, were state and local
representatives. Patrick and Murray were joined on the
stage by their wives. US Representative James Mc-Govern
of Worcester was joined by US Senator Ted Kennedy and
former President Bill Clinton. Patrick was appointed by
Clinton in 1994 to serve as the Assistant Attorney
General for Civil Rights.
Methuen attorney Linda Harvey and her two daughters
Maxine, 10 and Talia, 7 were in the front row on the
floor. They were able to shake the hands of Patrick,
Murray, and Clinton. It was certainly a memorable
experience for the girls. Surrounded by several secret
servicemen, Clinton walked by and he shook the hands of
the crowd at least three to four rows deep. Councilor
Quinn and I were able to speak to him. I asked how
Chelsea was and Quinn talked politics and Hillary!
It has been said that he looks directly into your eyes
when he works the crowd. I think it is true. Politics
aside, I went and took my child because it is not every
day that you get to see a president.
Madeline Rahme, 11 said, It was cool. I had a
really great time. Deval Patrick had some good ideas.
Lauren Wackowski, 12 said, It was a huge honor to
see President Clinton. I am happy I went. Her
mother Pam was pleased to attend the rally and was a
little disappointed that the debate was scheduled that
evening in Boston and Patrick had to take an early exit.
One of the most moving moments of the event was the
Worcester Fire Department bagpipe band. We were reminded
of the six fallen fire fighters. We were reminded that
President Clinton traveled there in December 1999 to be
part of the memorial service. The pipers played the
Marine Corps anthem.
Giant screens captured the entire event. It provided a
front row view for everyone. Slide shows of both Patrick
and Murrays lives were shown. Testimonials from
teachers, coaches, and neighbors could be heard.
The Democratic rally in Worcester was worth
attending. Seeing so many young people in the audience
gave me hope for Massachusetts. They are the future.
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