Gov V told me he was sore as he's now begun day 3 of his last annual trek across Iowa. He did a good bit of walking on day 1. Rain fell so hard that it "felt like sleet" according to one of his staffers. Tuesday a.m. in Ankeny wasn't all that much better. How he doesn't put on 20 pounds during the week is beyond me. The good, generous people of Iowa are always offering up a piece of pie at every stop. It's almost like RAGBRAI. Probably a good thing he runs part of the way.
Possible prez candidate Mark Warner stopped by to push for getting Michael Mauro to the Statehouse (to take Culver's job as sec. of state). He said dems are better and more committed to getting more people to vote.
The event wasn't quite tv friendly. They had a huge banner set up in front of a wall-long mirror. The "stage" faced a bunch of comfy chairs set up in "the party room" inside The Plaza downtown. It may have looked good. But, folks, just a hint. When the tv cameras shoot your guys in action, we don't want to see the reflections of their rear ends in the mirror. That ain't good tv, at least not with any of these guys. No offense, Gov, or Mr. Auditor.
After they moved things around, we were just about to start when Gov Warner stepped away from the cameras. He asked a staffer to check his teeth. He had just eaten minutes before. "I have big teeth, you know" he told me. Hey, it works for Julia Roberts...