Sedgwick County Democratic Party chairman Kelly Johnston visited The Eagle editorial office last week to talk about the party’s plan to rally outside Century II during the Dec. 1 appearance of former President George H.W. Bush.
Johnston wants locals to know the party is alive and well and hopes to make Wichita a Democratic stronghold again.
The speakers will talk about the failure of the Bush administration on several fronts. He stressed that “this is not an anti-President George Bush the 1st event,” or an anti-Chamber of Commerce event.
Still, that could be a hard perception to overcome. Many Wichitans likely will see the rally as precisely that — an attack on Bush Sr. — and that carries real risks for the Democrats. The elder Bush is not controversial and is known for disagreeing with his son’s Iraq policy.
It will be interesting to see how the Democrats stage this event, and how it is covered by media and perceived by locals.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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