A couple weeks back I’d read on Twitter that Beto O’Rourke was holding a town hall in Cedar Park, a mere 15 minute drive from our home, west on FM1431.
It was held this morning.
I left the house at 8:45 a.m.
I should have left the house earlier.
Parking was full at the Cedar Park Recreation Center – where the rally was being held – so I had to park near the local Costco and walk about an eighth of a mile.
I brought a bottled water to sip on, but I should have worn a hat, too. I thought the town hall would be indoors, but it was staged outdoors on the back patio of the center. I couldn’t get as close as I’d have liked, but I was able to hear perfectly from where I stood.
The crowd was a mix of young and old, lots of Beto t-shirts, I even saw a few red Moms Demand Action t-shirts. I’d say there were around a thousand people in attendance. Big crowd.
Beto’s a good speaker. Charismatic. Eloquent. And after visiting every county in the state this year, I’m sure he’s got speech makin’ down.
During his speech, the only politician he mentioned by name was Senator John McCain, and he spoke highly of him.
Beto spoke mostly about issues. Lots of hootin’ and hollerin’ with a healthy dose of applause following just about every point he made. The audience was into it!
I got a little overheated, so I started to back away from the patio area and seek shade under nearby trees, and from there listened to Beto speak for just a few minutes.
I wandered around to the other side of the center where I came upon campaign volunteers putting together lawn signs and handing them out for free, one per person. I grabbed mine, thanked them, and started walking back around.
By the time I got to the other side of the center, Beto was taking questions from folks in the audience. I sat at a bench under the shade of an old Live Oak and listened for a while longer, finishing off the water. Then I started walking back towards Costco, still able to hear Beto’s finishing remarks and the crowd cheering as I made my way back to the Escape.
Impressive. Glad I got to see and hear him.