Editor: George Mitrovich was the emcee at the Spring Valley Town Hall meeting with Rep Susan Davis on Aug. 29th. He is also the chair of the Democratic Party City Club.
by George Mitrovich / HuffingtonPost / September 1, 2009
At the tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy Friday night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, Mr. Kennedy’s closest friend in the Senate, told a story of how he recently underwent prostate cancer surgery and when he came out of recovery his first phone call was from Mr. Kennedy, who said, “Given the choice between prostate cancer surgery and going to town hall meetings, you made the right choice.”
I thought of that story Saturday when I was driving to a middle school in the Spring Valley area of San Diego to moderate a “town hall” meeting on health care. Congresswoman Susan Davis, a Democrat from California’s 53rd District, had asked me to do that, and since my regard for Ms. Davis is very high, I readily accepted her invitation.
I knew from reports that more than a 1,000 people were expected, and, given the demographics, it would most likely be an unfriendly crowd. In fact at breakfast that morning some friends told me to either “bag the meeting” or wear a “bulletproof vest.” But, wisely or otherwise, I went, confident of my ability to handle even the most hostile of audiences.
On a boiling hot day the audience in the school’s gym easily topped 1,000, an amazing turnout compared to the 40 or 50 who normally attend such meetings. In addition, the 40 San Diego County Sheriff deputies assigned to the event turned several hundred more away.
Congresswoman Davis welcomed the crowd and invited the veterans present to come forward and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. More than 20 did. So far so good, I thought.
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