I decided to take my son and go to our local annual Halloween parade. I love going every year. People come from all over to watch, and have fun with costumes, and hot cider, bbq's, and it's great. Anoka is the Halloween Capitol of the world :tng: so this time of year is a lot of fun. Plus I wanted to get away from the politics, and just watch the parade. I get down to Main St., and as I am waiting to turn, a group of people get off a charter bus...and guess what they were wearing...Kerry/Edwards and Patty Wetterling shirts and stickers. I figured that these people were going to be in the parade, so I didn't think much of it. This is well before the parade was to start, so I went into my favorite espresso bar, and got something to drink for me and cocoa for my son. I sit in there for a while, and then ventured out to the sidewalk. I am HOUNDED by the left-wingnut outsiders (none of these people were local) asking me to vote for Kerry, Wetterling, etc. I got REALLY pissed and went off on them. I told them I came out of the house in 40deg weather to enjoy the parade, and have fun with my son, as this was his first Halloween parade, and that this is not a political rally. They are using the parade event for their own political gain, which I thought was sad, pathetic, and i was considering voting for Kerry (Ok, I lied here ) now they personally just lost my vote, and I would be voting for Bush, because of THEIR actions today! They were speechless at that point. But it wasn't over yet. I went over to one of the stands to get a hotdog for my son, and guess who's working the line of people? Patty Wetterling. for those not from MN, you may or may not know who she is. She is famous here because in 1987(i think), her son was kidnapped at gunpoint. It's the most well known kidnapping in this state. (I don't know why--there are abductions every day, yet they don't get the publicity that this one did) They still haven't found him. That started a whole crusade for Patty. She has no office experience, not even as city council for her local town. She has made millions exploiting the unfortunate abduction of her son. No one would know her name if it wasn't for that event. The reason they nominated her was they didn't have anyone else to run for the democrats. Everyone knows who she is, and they figure they can run on her name, because she has no real government experience. I was hoping to be out of line before she got to me, but no luck. She came to me, commented on my son being cute, etc. She asked if I supported her, I looked her right in the eye, and said "HELL NO! I don't support people who exploit their child's memory for their own monetary AND political gain. It's a sad thing that your son was abducted, but they only picked you to run for office because of your name. I also can't support someone who believes in partial-birth abortion." I wanted to say her son would be ashamed of what she had become, but that would have been a bit cruel and uncalled for. SO I just left her standing there, speechless. Once the Parade started, things were better.