Monday, August 25, 2008

McCracken for Congress -- Weekly Update -- August 24, 2008

And the Winning Ticket Is -- Obama / Biden 08:

Barack Obama made an excellent choice with his selection of Delaware Senator Joe Biden to be his running mate. On Saturday I spent the day working at the Democratic booth at the Centre County Grange Fair and throughout the day people were asking if the announcement had been made. Everyone I spoke with expressed positive opinions about the choice. If this is any indication of the type of qualified people Barack Obama will surround himself with as President, we can all rest assured that our country will be headed in a better direction come January of 2009.

The daily trivia question at the Democratic booth was "What Pennsylvania town was Joe Biden's hometown?". I'm usually pretty good at trivia but Kim Bierly had to tell me the answer was Scranton PA.

Another Busy Week In The Books:

We put quite a few miles on the campaign Jeep this week. On Tuesday, we were in attendance to hear Governor Rendell speak at the CBICC luncheon in State College. It was exciting to hear Governor Rendell speak about the alternative fuels projects going on in Clearfield County. He also mentioned that the BioEnergy project is the single biggest economic development project in the history of Clearfield County at over $250 million.

On Wednesday, we traveled west in the morning to visit Venango County for several meetings, then, we headed east to State College to attend the Penn Ag Democratic picnic. Below is a picture from the Penn Ag picnic with L-R Doug Kilgore, Greg Stewart, Rep. Mike Hanna, Mark McCracken, Rep. Scott Conklin and Sec. of Agriculture Dennis Wolf.

On Friday, we attended the opening of the Clinton County Democratic Headquarters. There was a very nice crowd on hand to hear from Sen. John Wozniak, Rep. Mike Hanna, Commissioner Joel Long, Commissioner Adam Coleman and Mayor Rick Vilello.

Sharing the stage with these leaders who represent Clinton County on the state, county and local level gave me the opportunity to speak about how I want to be a close working partner with other elected officials. As a county commissioner this is something I feel has been lacking in the 5th district and is something I will change when I'm elected to Congress.

Saturday at the Centre County Grange Fair was an outstanding day that started off early with the monthly Centre County Democrats breakfast. We got the chance to speak with people from throughout the 5th district that were at the fair. Also, WPSU filmed a walk around the fairgrounds segment with me. We got a lot of great footage that will appear on a program WPSU is doing about campaigning at the fair. The highlight of the walk around segment was meeting with a lady who told me she just turned 91 and has only missed Grange Fair twice in her life.

The week ended at Treasure Lake in DuBois for an Obama supporter's picnic on Sunday afternoon. The folks at the picnic were still excited about the selection of Senator Biden and all Democrats are excited about the convention in Denver.

The Week Ahead:

On Thursday, a representative from the campaign will be attending "Obama Watch Parties" for Obama's big speech at the DNC Convention. We will be making stops in Ridgway, DuBois, and Clearfield. Come for the party and stay for the politics. We will be handing out literature and campaign signs for supporters.

The big event for the week is the WPSU Town Hall Meeting that will be filmed Tuesday at 5:45 at the Grange Fair. It will be aired on WPSU on September 4th and will probably be aired several times before Election Day. If you are at the Grange Fair on Tuesday, plan to stop by and take part in the Town Hall Meeting.

Upcoming Fundraising Event:

Keith Bierly is planning the WE'RE BACKIN' McCRACKEN GOLF CLASSIC to be held on September 22nd beginning at 8 AM at the Belles Springs Golf Course in Clinton County. The tournament will feature LPGA TOUR player Jackie Gallagher-Smith. The entry fee will be $92.00 per player, or, $300.00 for a foursome. Sponsoring a hole will also be $92.00. There will be an ongoing cookout throughout the final nine holes.

A brochure with all the details will follow in early September. The tournament is 4 weeks from tomorrow - Monday - the 22nd. Belles Springs is conveniently located less than one mile off of Interstate 80 at the Lock Haven Exit. Make you plans now to attend. Contact Keith Bierly at for more details and to make your reservation.

Yard Signs Are Now Available:

For the time being, we want to concentrate on getting the signs displayed in yards only. Closer to Election Day we will concentrate on getting signs out in public view. If you would like a sign for your yard, please email the campaign at, call 765-6821 or speak with members of the campaign staff.

We look forward to seeing out on the campaign trail.

Mark B. McCracken

Your Candidate for Congress

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