Thursday evening I had still not had a response. So I started calling people. I finally got a call from someone with the Hochul campaign saying that they got our application for credentials and that Heather’s was approved but they’d be making a decision on mine later.
Friday afternoon we show up at the rally. We have one credential.
After much complaining and wrangling (and with some help from the AP photographer) we both got in.
We were astonished, however, that they didn’t check our IDs. They didn’t search Heather’s camera bags. And they didn’t pat us down. Security was — in a word — lacking.
Once inside there were more issues of organization: No power for people with laptops; No wi-fi.
I realize that hosting the president is a daunting task.
But if these two congresswomen have any hope of doing it again in two years, they better hope their campaigns are better organized than Friday’s rally was.
Scott Leffler mostly abhors politicians but is an unapologetic Bill Clinton fan. Follow his fawning and fanning on Twitter @scottleffler.