CA-46: LIVE from the Debbie Cook Campaign Kickoff Party!

You have new Picture Mail!Hey, everyone! I’m here at the opening celebration for Debbie Cook’s campaign for Congress. We have folks from all over the 46th District show up to support our wonderful Democrat running to unseat Dana Rohrabacher and restore sane representation to the district.

We all had a long and busy day today walking the neighborhoods. Vern Nelson (yes, the famous & talented Vern from our favorite OJ site) and I walked a precinct near the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach. We walked the area, we registered new voters, we talked to them all about their great Mayor who happens to be running for Congress… And now that we’ve done all our work, we’re ready to party!

Here’s what’s going on at the campaign office. Vern is playing the piano. The constituents are having a good time. The candidate herself is here, and she’s getting to know the voters.

You have new Picture Mail!

You have new Picture Mail!

You have new Picture Mail!

All’s well at Debbie Cook HQ… Stop over some time soon. Join the fun. Make a difference. Help turn this red district blue! 🙂

  12 comments for “CA-46: LIVE from the Debbie Cook Campaign Kickoff Party!

  1. May 10, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Glad to hear everyone is having fun! Poor Charlotte now has the flu and I’m getting to mother all I want. I hope more people do stop by who are able!

  2. May 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm


    Yes, it was fantastic over there today! We heard some great speeches from DPOC Exec. Director Melahat Rafiei, Costa Mesa Council Member Katrina Foley, Fountain Valley Council Member Gus Ayer, and (of course!) the candidate herself. Vern played some more music (including his own song for Debbie Cook), and we all had a blast.

    Maybe when Bill Spaulding has more time, he can fill you in on more of what happened (our resident CA-46 blogger also attended). 🙂

  3. May 10, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Andrew, don’t you have any pics from the actual party? You gotta replace these ones, they’re from before anyone even got there! There were like 70 or 80 peoplem having a lot of fun…

  4. May 12, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Vern’s correct. The place was mobbed. It was SRO. There were quite a few people who don’t live in Mayor Cook’s district who showed up to help. It portends well for her.

  5. May 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Mr. Bill-

    Thanks for describing some more the mood of the campaign office on Saturday. But still, for everyone that can’t follow your abbreviations, what’s “SRO”? I’m not being nitpicky, but not all of us are well-versed in the Bill Spaulding Abbreviation Shorthand method.

    Thanks. 🙂

  6. May 12, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I’m guessing Standing Room Only? (Although to be fair, nobody thought of bringing 80 chairs to this brand new office – probably won’t generally need them)

  7. May 12, 2008 at 9:48 am

    SRO is a widely used acronym with two meanings, depending on context: Standing Room Only (theatrical) and Single Room Occupancy (housing, referring to a multi-unit building). It never occurred to me that using the term would cause a problem.

    Having chairs enough to accommodate everyone would have been more problematic than having everyone stand. Even then, all the standees were cheek to jowl and no one seemed to mind. The mood was festive.

    It was a good party. And Vern’s song for Mayor Cook with its hints of a Mark Russell influence is a winner, just like the mayor. Kudos to all.

    Andrew, do you know who Mark Russell is? He’s a political humorist who writes and adapts songs. His performances are SRO and can occasionally be seen on PBS. Do you know what PBS stands for? Or is that another obscure abbreviation?

    More importantly, the campaign office is open daily until 7 pm. Please drop by, volunteer, donate , and help Mayor Cook in whatever way you can. Thanks.

  8. May 12, 2008 at 9:57 am

    There are native English speakers who don’t know what SRO means? Do they not know how to use teh Google either?

  9. May 12, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I never heard of Mark Russell. But if he “adapts songs”, which most of us can do, I will just have to look down my nose at him. My Debbie Cook song is 100% original! (Well, 98%, it does have that little Beach Boys snatch.) Song adapter = Steve Young.

  10. May 12, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Bill & Gila-

    Yes, I figured out what “SRO” means. I just thought it would be good for Mr. Bill to explain to folks not familiar with his abbreviations what it means. That’s all. And no, no one is a master of “The Google” like Gila is. 😉


    Of course, your Debbie Cook song is 100% original! I don’t know what OC Democrats would do without your brilliant song-writing skills. It’s just too bad that your songs don’t get more of the attention they deserve over at that other orange place… 😉

  11. May 12, 2008 at 11:34 am


    There are those who adapt songs well, and others who don’t. The reference to Mark Russell was intended as a compliment, as he falls into the former and because he writes well. Anyway, you are welcome to look down your nose at him because it’s still a free country, all attempts of the current administration to the contrary.

    Let’s all remember the larger issue: Let’s all pitch in, by whatever means we are capable of, to help Mayor Debbie Cook get elected because that’s far more important that knowing Mark Russell or his many talents. And yes, Vern, your song is a good one, as clearly indicated earlier.

  12. May 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I know Bill, I know… thanks 🙂

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