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Holly Kinser Takes one for the team at the DNC, and other Fav Pixs

Happy week after DNC day. I promised you the DNC Celebrity post, but it’s not today. Today I am under the weather and sleeping a lot. I think I over did it or was it the mayonnaise I ate the other night that was out too long, anyway here are a few of my fav pixs that encapsulate the memories of the DNC that you might not have seen yet. I have a lot of favs that you already saw.Kinser

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I think everyone knows the stories now, when you were dropped off at the Wells Fargo, the shuttles and cabs could only get so close, about 5 blocks from the door. In between you and the door were two security checkpoints. On the first day of the DNC there was a horrific storm, and it came up fairly fast. I was in a shuttle with lobbyist Holly Kinser, The Kinser Group, Sheila Hess, City Rep and a few other notable people. We didn’t have an umbrella, and tried to wait out the storm. Eventually Holly took control of the situation, jumped out of the car, went to all the emergency vehicles around us and obtained 3 umbrellas. It was a valiant effort, although with rain going sideways only the makeshift poncho she created would have helped, to a point as it was paper towels. Either way it was a great memory for the first day, and we’re still laughing about it.

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It was all worth it.

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The first night I was in the IBX club box, and caught Cory Booker and Michelle Obama speaking.

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I enjoyed the many parties I went to, this is the Comcast party at the Comcast Center, which was produced by Scott Mirkin, ESM Productions. Great displays of flags and stars. This party encompassed the entire plaza, the lobby and then a side tent for the beer garden.

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I skipped Tuesday, but headed to the DNC on Wednesday. I discovered there was a press entrance,

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with food trucks and huge tents to welcome us while we work.

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Occasionally a press conference would pop up.

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It was lovely, but I was so thirsty as there was no free water to be had. I felt the bern with prices for a bottle of water set at $4.50. I choose to go inside the Wells Fargo Center and find the water fountains. I stopped at every single one to get my free share of water and curse the day of the $4.50 water bottle. I thought the cookies and sandwiches were better priced.   Kinser

One of my favorite places to catch celebs and notable politicians was the media floor. Here I ran into Mark Segal, who had just run into Eric Holder, who  served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, from 2009 to 2015.

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Then occasionally I would run into fun people like this.

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I wasn’t to fond of sitting in the press area, or even going to the floor. It was hot, and there were plenty of photographers to capture the night. As you know I went to places where there were no other press, or very little, that was my jawn for the DNC Week. Wednesday night I hung with my crew from Fox 29, I left before Lucy and Ian’s news broadcast at 10PM, which they did from this booth. Did you know if you were inside the Wells Fargo when the VP, President, or future president arrived, then you were “locked” in until they left. I had parties to cover so I left at 9PM every night I was there.

 

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I did catch Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as they had their reunion on stage singing “What The World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love.” I think Tyne spotted me, I used to go to all her shows in NYC. I have a Tyney crush.

 

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OK this is my favorite shot, I wish I had grabbed this gals name cause I want her in my column in the September issue. Flawlees.