Chuck Meade, who is spearheading the petition drive has been working the booth by himself most of the week, in no small measure because Demopublicans are afraid that being associated with this petition drive will cost them some votes. (Of the pictures I wish I had remembered to take was Chuck's T-Shirt: "I'm not gay, but my husband is.")
|Ronnie Fitzgerald and Wendy Jones|
Wendy Jones (Libertarian candidate for State Senate, District 6) proved to be one of our most successful collectors of signatures (see below). When people would tell Wendy that Jesus commanded them not to sign those petitions, Wendy smiled at them and said, "Jesus made me, too, you know."
|Andy Groff at the mid-point of his|
fifteen-minute guerilla campaign
|Will McVay, waiting for Miss Delaware;|
Chuck Meade and Wendy Jones in
David Eisenhour (Libertarian candidate for Clerk of the Peace and Insurance Commissioner) instilled new life into the effort around 2:30pm when he plunked down a five-dollar bill on the table and said, "This says I can get more signatures in the next hour than anybody else can." It was at this point that Chuck was very sure that campaigning with Libertarians was something different that he was used to seeing.
|David Eisenhour gets a photo with|
Karin Weldin Stewart, but, alas,
no signature for marriage equality.
I drank a lot of tea and managed to stay out of all the photos. One guy asked me, "Is this petition on the level, or is it one of them perversion things?" Another lady told me with great concern that, as a Christian with a gay brother, she was seriously tormented about what she should do, but was afraid that her pastor might find out if she signed the petitition.
Chuck hasn't totaled how many signatures we got (they are still collecting petitions as I write; the booth closes in about 45 minutes), but it should have hit at least 150.
Several people wearing "Kovach for Congress" T-shirts walked past us without making eye contact.
A couple more Libertarians (Jim Christina, candidate for State Senate, 7th District, and Amy Merlino, candidate for State Rep, District 15) will be helping Chuck out tomorrow, and my daugher Alexis and I will be doing a couple of hours on Saturday. If you get the chance, come out and visit.
It is a great cause, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Bill Humphrey at the Delaware Right to Marry PAC for help getting the cool T-shirts. Come out tomorrow or Saturday, sign the petition, and meet Chuck or any Libertarians hanging around.