The largest crab fest political gathering in Contra Costa in memory was held in support of Democrat California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Friday, January 29. The guest list grew so big got it required shifting the venue from the Concord Centre to the Hoffman Hanger at Buchanan Airport. The 650+ attendees got to hear the State Senator say, “what happened in Massachusetts will not happen here…” and then go on to declare to a standing ovation that “We will never, never, never quit or give up on America.”
The crowd included the political roster of the Democratic Party including both of Concord’s Congressmen George Miller and John Garamendi, State Assemblymen Tom Torlakson who just two days previous had a heart stint procedure; as well as district and regional Democratic State Party officials.
The County’s Board of Supervisors were attending in force: Glover, Gioia and Bonilla, while election Clerk Grand Guru Steve Weir, rounded out the Contra Costa County officials contingent. They were all joined by a collection of City Council folks from all over the county including four of the Concord City Council (one of which is a Republican) as well as Council folks from Antioch, Oakley, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and elsewhere. Jim Frazier of Oakley pulled double duty acting as chef to the masses.
The crowd was enthusiastic and reflected a wide range of political views within the Democratic Party as well as numerous major supporters. Having gone through a divisive congressional primary last year and then coming together to elect John Garamendi to Congress, the Democrats heard the echos of a common theme to protect the common man and pull through the tough times united for the benefit of the country. The gathering was just another sign that Democrats are willing and able to answer the call for support and to do so in large numbers.