Monday, January 26, 2009

Shaking Bill Clinton's Hand

This morning I had the honor of meeting former president Bill Clinton. I have to say, it was pretty darn cool to shake the man's hand and hear him give his take on the huge challenges our country faces right now. But so much more exciting than shaking his hand was where it happened...

Bill Clinton was in Raleigh today to give a speech at NCSU. While he was in town, he took the time to attend two fundraisers for North Carolina candidates, and one of them was our very own Sen. Julia Boseman.

That's right, the former president chose North Carolina's only openly gay legislator as the beneficiary of his star power.

There are a lot of good reasons why he helped Sen. Boseman out. She went out on the campaign train with him and Hillary during the primary last year. She's always got a tough, expensive race as an openly gay Democrat in a Republican-leaning district.

But, there are plenty of folks around who have helped out the Clintons and have tough races. To have the former President lending his name to our state's only out legislator--one of only a handful in the South--is a powerful signal.

He said North Carolina needs smart people like Julia to guide us through this tough, tough year, and he's absolutely right. It's not just the LGBT community that's lucky to have her working for us, the whole state is benefiting from having her talent and perspective on Jones Street.

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