Posts Tagged ‘tour’

Pataki Is Coming: One If By Land, Two If By Sea

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:30 pm April 18th, 2010

I’m guessing the former three-term governor of New York may have some unfulfilled political aspirations, as evidenced by the following press release about a national tour and petition drive that includes a stop in Reno tomorrow:

Governor George Pataki Kicks off National Petition Drive to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with Six State Swing

Washington – Former Governor George Pataki (R-NY), Chairman of Revere America (, announced today the first six stops of the new organization’s grassroots tour and national petition drive to gather the signatures of one million Americans who want to repeal and replace ObamaCare with the responsible reforms our health care system needs and that the American people want.

Revere America will formally launch its national petition drive at an event in Boston on April 18 – the 235th Anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride.

The schedule of events follows. All times are local.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

Boston, Massachusetts

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Paul Revere Mall

Address: 416 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Lincoln, Nebraska

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Venue: Cornhusker Hotel, Garrett Room

Address: 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 USA

Reno, Nevada

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Venue: Sierra Marketplace

Address: 3652 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502

San Francisco, California

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Marriott Marquis, Club Room
55 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA  94103


Austin, Texas

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Venue: Texas State Capitol (South Steps)

Address: 112 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Des Moines, Iowa

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Embassy Suites, Salon E

Address: 101 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

FYI:  Pataki declined a 2010 U.S. Senate bid after reports that he had been approached by Senator John Cornyn, head of the RSCC, about a possible run for the seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand.  George Stephanopoulos reported at the time that Pataki had said he was not interested in becoming a senator at the age of 64 and would rather run for president in 2012.

In November 2009, Pataki traveled to Iowa, sparking speculation about a possible presidential bid in 2012.  Looks like he’ll be there again this week.

Smooth Stylings from Harry Reid’s Magic Bus Tour

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:00 pm April 7th, 2010

Every day I get in the queue (Too much, the Magic Bus)

To get on the bus that takes me to you (Too much, the Magic Bus)

. . .

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it …

. . .

Geoff Dornan at the Nevada Appeal has a good write-up on Harry Reid’s Carson City stop on yesterday’s leg of a 3-day campaign bus tour.  Here are a few snippets:

Sen. Harry Reid made it clear Tuesday he believes he can and will win in November despite polls showing him trailing his major Republican competitors.

“If the election were held today, I’d win,” he said during an interview on his rural tour bus between stops in Minden and Carson City.

That quote set off a flurry of Tweets by Nevada media types. Here are a few:

Ralston — Reid: “If the election were held today, I’d win.” Sometimes he says goofy or intemperate stuff. Rarely flat-out false.

Ralston — Even most ardent Reid backer does not believe he would win 2day. Are other ballot choices threat to GOP? Of course. But not today. #reidisms

Sebelius — @RalstonFlash You know, Einstein theorized there were other dimensions. Perhaps Reid was talking about winning in one of them, not our own?

Me — @RalstonFlash @SteveSebelius You guys are so mean. Poor Harry can’t even enjoy a little (ok, a lot of) wishful thinking on his own bus tour.

Ralston — @stevesebelius @elizcrum Bus tour euphoria/alternate dimension theories possible. My guess: Reid believes it because he has to. #notdeadyet

Reid also had a quip about his chances due to the general election ballot being so laden with candidates (eight:  Reid, the GOP primary winner, four independents, an IAP candidate and the Tea Party candidate):

“Do the math.”

Does one bus tour plus a determined (deluded?) Senator plus the cross-chatter of seven other candidates (and their followers) equal a Reid victory?

Who can say?

Does That Bus Ticket Come With Anything Else?

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:21 pm March 18th, 2010

Governor Gibbons is going to Searchlight for the Tea Party, and you can be on his “beautiful campaign bus” IF you’re one of the first 10 folks to donate $250 in today’s fundraiser effort.

So says the email:  Gibbons’ bus leaves from Reno on Friday, March 26 and catches up with Governor Gibbons in Laughlin on Saturday, March 27.  $250-ers will get to spend “some” time with Gibbons on the way up to Searchlight and then hang around at the gov’s “special event” during the rally.

Searchlight Tea Party Update & Schedule

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:17 am March 14th, 2010

Quite a few of you — including media types who are trying to figure out where to be, and when, to cover the event — have said you appreciated the info in my earlier post about Searchlight Tea Party logistics, so here are some quick updates and a schedule:

9:30-10:00 AM – Apparently, the Tea Party Express (TPE) will actually be starting their day down in Laughlin.  Everyone who wishes to join the TPE tour delegation is instructed to meet up in the parking lot of Harrah’s at 9:30 AM where there will be a brief news conference/mini-rally.  The TPE buses will then pull out and lead the caravan of vehicles up to the location in Searchlight.

10:30 AM-12 PM – A candidate’s forum hosted by “Anger is Brewing” will be going on at the Searchlight rally location.  Grassroots activist Debbie Landis organized this part of the event and has asked that some folks skip going down to Laughlin first and instead show up in Searchlight early (especially if you want a good seat for the day).

12:00 Noon – Tea Party Express’s “Showdown in Searchlight” rally.  Speakers (and US Senate candidates) will speak.  TPE buses will leave for Henderson after the rally is over.  Estimates are that the rally may last from 2 to 3-ish hours.  Hard to say with all those speakers…  (My advice:  Show up early.  Take folding chairs.  And plenty of water.  But don’t drink too much of it because there will only be so many porta-potties to go around and you may have to wait in line.)

4:00 PM – Grassroots Nevada event with Ann Coulter at Henderson Pavillion.  Gates will open at 3:30.  Tickets are needed (general admission is free and VIPs are not).

5:00 PM – Tea Party Express rally at Henderson Pavillion

TPE is still working to organize charter buses from a variety of places throughout Nevada and the Southwest U.S. to get people to Searchlight on March 27th. Anyone interested in trying to get a seat on a bus heading to Searchlight can email the TPE folks at:  CharterBus.tpx@gmail.comand

And:  I’m hearing there will be TV ads running soon in NV, Cali and AZ.

And:  TPE and NV grassroots leaders tell me that whoever is spreading the rumor that there will be 300,000 people at the rally in Searchlight should really stop being so silly.  Sounds like they will all be pretty happy if the head count is 5,000 to 10,000, although they think it is possible there may be (and they will be pleased with) more.

(Hey Searchlight:  Ya ready?!)

Update: Here’s a pic of what the Tea Party Express buses will look like:

Very fancy!