The annual Frank Church banquet was a smashing success. The large ballroom in the Riverside (can't keep track of who currently owns it, formerly Red Lion) was full, and there was also an overflow room. My guesstimate is around 600 folks in the main room. Here are some pix. More info later.
Markos gave a nice speech that contained lots of Idaho references. He had done his research; very impressive. Also, lots of fun digs at Republicans. Example, and I paraphrase, he said he knew he wasn't at the Republican banquet because he hadn't seen any whisky soaked cowboys in tight jeans. Interestingly to me, the loudest, or one of the loudest, applause lines was when Kos said that George Bush cares more about immunity for telecoms than for middle class people. Pretty politically tuned-in crowd.
Since there were only 3 videos and candidate speeches, that didn't take up to much of the evening. LaRocco and Grant stuck to right around 3 minutes. Minnick, around a 7 minute speech.
A classy little cover over the candles.
New West swag.
Jill Kuraitis hard at work during the banquet, lit by the glow of her laptop.
I'm often not sure whether folks like to be identified. (I don't.) So, another blogger guest.
Markos speaking, wearing a coat he bought in an auction. It fit him pretty well.
Unidentified guest posing with cardboard Walt Minnick. At one point, Minnick was also wearing Kos's coat, and it fit him pretty well as well.
Final note: don't let Jeanne Buell around a microphone again. One, she hectored Mayor Bieter into bidding $750 for an auction item. Poor guy really didn't have a choice, as Buell was relentless in calling him out from the podium until he made the bid. Also, Buell was talking about a signed Hillary campaign sign. Buell said she brought it back packed next to her "personal items." Okay, we don't need to know that the sign was packed with her underwear. Sheese.