Thursday, December 14, 2006

Loebsack Says Thanks At Supporter Get-Together

Loebsack Says Thanks At Supporter Get-Together

Overflow crowd of at least 100 tonight at the Loebsack congressional office for a thank-you party for supporters.

Ellen Ballas and (not pictured) Mike Carberry presented Dave with a framed copy of the Press-Citizen from Victory Morning.  Dave struck a nice Dewey Defeats Truman pose but I was at the wrong angle.

Loebsack shared a few stories from his trips to Washington including his unexpected visit to the White House.  Conversation:
  • Cheney: You know, Jim Leach is a good friend of mine.
  • Loebsack: Well, Mr. Vice President, I'm sorry I beat him.

  • More seriously, Dave shared his concerns for Terri's son and daughter-in-law in the service Over There with Bush.

    The first colleague Dave sought out on Capitol Hill was George Miller of California, chair of the Education and Workforce committee.  It was Dave's first and only choice and he got it.

    The logistics of starting the job are underway.  Dave wants to get back to the district nearly every weekend and announced definite plans for district offices in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.  Sites in the southern end of the district to be determined soon.  The exact Iowa City location is close to set (stay tuned).  He introduced district director Rob Sueppel and (in absentia) DC chief Eric Witte; both have worked for Leonard Boswell in the past and Rob is an Iowa City native.

    As a professor, Dave told the folks at Cornell that it's a little odd to leave a tenured job for a non-tenure track position, but he asked us all for help on the next job review.

    The usual fun snacking and schmoozing followed.  In addition to lingering giddiness over the host's win, talk turned to the caucuses and the sales tax election.

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