BURLINGTON- The third annual Vermont Daily Briefing/Green Mountain Daily Hamburger Summit was a huge success yesterday. This was probably the biggest yet. Bloggers, politicians, activists, cartoonists, musicians, and even radio hosts descended on North Beach for a fun time of food, stories, jokes, and awesome comradierie. It didn't matter what political stripes you wore. Everybody was friends with everyone else. The highlight was seeing gubernatorial candidates Anthony Pollina and Gaye Symington shake hands and share a laugh. It was that friendly.
Last year, Gorty Baldwin and I attended. This year it was Gorty and I, Steve West, Lee Sanderson, Frederic Noyes, and Harold (a really nice "Live & Local" listener).Here are some snapshots from yesterday's summit. Be sure to be there next year. It really is a fun time for all, regardless of political persuasion. We're all on the same page!
[flickr:2621102348 size:medium] Lee Sanderson (the guy in the pink shirt), Steve West, and Gaye Symington chat it up.
[flickr:2621115774 size:medium] Sir Philip Baruth with A-list blogger, Steve Benen of Essex.
[flickr:2621115962 size:medium] I FINALLY meet Green Mountain Daily's "Linda in the Northeast Kingdom!"
[flickr:2620291621 size:medium] Jack McCullough and Philip Baruth swap words of wisdom.
[flickr:2620291771 size:medium] JD Ryan gets his picture taken with Gene Simmons of KISS. Oh, sorry. It's just Anthony Pollina. Sorry to dissapoint folks!
[flickr:2621116526 size:medium] Gorty Baldwin hams it up with Democracy for America activists.
[flickr:2621120564 size:medium] Nate Freeman (aka "mydog") gets wdh3 and JD Ryan to sign his petition... for Lt. Governor. Expect an announcement soon.
[flickr:2621120808 size:medium] Don't friggin' mess with the Brattleboro Posse! (L to R, Steve West, Lee Sanderson, Frederic "Floyd" Noyes, Gorty "G-Love" Baldwin
[flickr:2621121174 size:medium] Frankin County Democratic Party chair NanuqFC, wdh3, JD Ryan, Julie Waters, Haik Bedrosian, Steve Benen
[flickr:2621121358 size:medium] NanuqFC, Caoimhin Laochdha, wdh3, and Linda in the Northeast Kingdom
[flickr:2621121502 size:medium] Rep. Mark Larson (D-Burlington)
[flickr:2621124516 size:medium] House Majority Whip Floyd Nease (D-Johnson) makes his appearance
[flickr:2620300493 size:medium] Haik Bedrosian's beautiful family. Haik was elected to the Burlington City Council at age 22 in the mid-90s.
Chris & Lise.... no excuses next year!!! LOL!