colorado, politics, single mom

Uncle Fester is coming

This week, my office received the news that John McCain would be making a brief stop in our quaint little mountain town of Durango. Where would he hold his rally? Why at the high school of course. I certainly picked a good year to work for a school district eh?

Our safety director has been on the phone with the Secret Service. Our high school principal is about to eat her hat. The whole administration is biting their nails, wonder why the hell Mr. McCain decided to make a speech at 2:30, when buses, pedestrians, and 1500 teenage drivers will all be attempting to leave the high school parking lot, while the rest of the town tries to enter.

The last presidential candidate to come to the 4 Corners area was Ralph Nader in 2000, and before that it was JFK. We don’t get much political exposure in Durango, but we do stand out from the rest of Colorado as primarily Democrat. When Colorado went red for Bush in the last election, La Plata county went for Kerry. Our college’s student-run Republican club has 3 members. This is probably why the McCain camp chose the high school instead of our Cliff Bar-eating, snowboard obsessed, pot-smoking college campus.

Being a good liberal, I had planned to take my lunch break and go march with the rest of the Democrats before Uncle Fester rolls into. Then I received an email from the Director of Public Information: All school district employees are to remain “neutral” during school hours and will not show any preference to either political party, according to school district policy. 

I guess that kills my plan to be Obama’s Mama for Halloween. I may have to take Liz’s suggestion and be a Snow Leopard instead.

P.S. This blog’s content does not reflect the political opinions of the Durango School District, or the employees of that district. Its only the Piscean ramblings of a 26-year-old single mom.


12 thoughts on “Uncle Fester is coming”

  1. Seriously, Durango is Democrat? My mom keeps telling me how all she hears about is GOP propaganda. Course, she does work at Stuart’s, and the only people who can afford to shop at Stuart’s are those for whom the repblican policies are beneficial. =/ it’s reassuring that La Plata county is blue.


  2. Elly- Probably one of the only reason I had the courage to speak at the WRC, knowing there were some democratic women out there who wouldn’t judge me based on the “poor me” story. I know there were some Stuart-wearing Republicans too though 😉


  3. McCain was planning a rally at a local high school in that part of the country now referred to an un-real Virginia, but there were so many complaints that he was kicked to a local park. I hope that that’s a sign of how things will be on November 4.

    Uncle Fester, what an image. Now I really won’t abide seeing him more than for another week and a half.


  4. I’ve heard of a lot of situations like this, where people were instructed to be neutral. I think it is a load of crap!! I would so want to be marching against “Uncle Fester” (love it!!!)


  5. See pics from the Obama Rally Friday in Durango. Oops! I mean the McCain Rally.

    Interestingly, both of my children saw their teachers with Obama signs after school hours of course.


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