With the lure of free Pinemoor Pizza hot out of the oven almost next door, Congressman Randy Hultgren held a Meet and Greet at McHenry County Republican Party headquarters in a very much under re-construction Crystal Lake Plaza.
At least thirty potential constituents found their way to the small office in the tip of the “V” that my father and I used to occupy when I served as State Rep. in the mid-1970′s. (He had his trade association, the Barley and Malt Institute there.)
The liquor store next door that became a barber shop is now a shoe repair place. The beauty parlor my mother used to frequent is empty and the Plaza is getting its second make over since it opened in the early 1960′s.
The Hultgren people ordered five pizzas, but ended up having to get five more as hungry folks ate their way through the boxes.
The event started at six and the Congressman came a bit later, just as a contingent of Pro-Life leaders were coming down the sidewalk.
“I want to be a Congressman you can be proud of,” Hultgren told the crowd.
“I want to make sure we are building our party with young conservatives,” he added.
Best quote of the night came from Dave Hellyer:
“Before Obama got in, I had business.”