As I mentioned on Friday Thursday evening Steve Bannon came to Manchester NH for fundraiser for the 603 Alliance.
This event was pricey from $125 for general admission to $750 for the top VIP position yet there were very few tables with an empty seat.
This is a huge contrast to the old days at CPAC when Steve was holding his “Uninvited” events and ignored, also a contrast unfortunately is availability, gone are the days when I was one of the free interested in getting an interview Thursday there was press galore and as soon as his speech was over Steve was out the door and intro a car to the airport and all my running outside and chasing in the hopes of getting an interview were in vain.
However I did get some speeches such as 603 alliance member and former state rep Fran Wendelboe who talked about keeping people in office honest
She introduced Corey Lewindowski who spoke next
Corey was also kind enough to give me an exclusive interview after the event
Steve Bannon followed Corey and he gave a doozy of a speech
despite charging my battery before I left for the event Steve’s speech ran it dry so I had to finish it with Camera #2
and I voiced over what was missed about wanting to be governed by the first 100 people who walked into this room rather than others.
One part of his speech that I suspect will get almost no press was his complementing the 2016 field as one of the best and most qualified collection of pols ever assembled for a presidential race. We’ll likely never see a field of people so full of excellent choices again in our lifetime.
As I mentioned when the event was over Steve was gone pretty quick despite my running outside in the hopes of grabbing an interview but with my newly scalped head there’s always the chance he didn’t recognize me.
(I told my wife she could cut my hair and boy did she)
By the time I got back inside most of the crowd was gone but I lucked into Rep Al Baldarsario who is running for speaker of the NH house and as always he had time for me
I’m fascinated by folks like Corey and Al who recognized the potential for Trump at a time when all of us missed it.
I’d like to close with one little minor insight. The head table where Steve Corey and others were sitting had one empty seat when I got it, that was filled by a lady that I remember from CPAC. The moment she got to the table every single man at the table rose from his seat before she took hers.
Now I know that’s a little thing in the scheme of things but I thought culturally it spoke volumes
The photo gallery follows
My apologies for the paltry number of pitchers as I noted my directions were bad and I got there a bit late