Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pawlenty road trip, Part V

Monday, 6:20 am: Anoka

Sparky's Cafe, Anoka. (c) North Star Liberty.
The dinner-plate size blueberry pancakes were hitting the tables at Sparky's Cafe in Anoka as the Pawlenty-Molnau bus rolled up. One of the people riding the bus since the start of our trip, Lt. Colonel Joe Repya, creator of the "Liberate Iraq" signs, was particularly welcome at Sparky's, because it was Veterans Appreciation Day there.

This is where a videographer from KSTP-TV Channel 5 joined the road trip, staying until the end. I don't know whether the decision to cover the bus tour had anything to do with DFL candidate Mike Hatch's comment about KSTP and its owner: "Stan Hubbard is a political hack, and he's got a news media station full of media hacks," but the story did not air until the day after Election Day. In any case, Hatch made it difficult to follow him on the day before Election Day, because he did not release his schedule to the media, except for a campaign rally in Duluth.

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