On the Campaign Trail

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

On a walk down Main Street Pecatonica, Angela Larson is back home, fresh from a thrilling ride on the national campaign trail.
"Far and away a life time experience, from the highs and the lows," Larson said.
Through a friend working for John McCain, Larson hooked up with the campaign in August, working Travel Advance.
"That means we move in front of the candidates, setting up all their events, personal appearances and press activities," Larson said.
That latter put her in front of some famous media faces.
"You're setting up interviews with Katie Couric, Judy Woodruff. You just don't meet that kind of talent," Larson said.
And at one Palin rally where she was the site leader, Country Star Aaron Tippon was added to the program.
"As if it's not enough to manage the whole site. Now you're managing a national talent," Larson said.
But there were some low lights too, a grueling campaign schedule.
"At the national convention, it was six days straight non stop. I averaged three hours of sleep a night," Larson said.
She still has keepsakes from that convention, like her campaign badge and a picture of her in the crowd. Momentos to remind her back home on Main Street of an unforgettable journey.
Larson worked events for all three candidates, McCain, his wife Cindy and running mate Sarah Palin. But she had minimal interaction with them and their immediate staffs. So she couldn't provide much insight into all the scrutiny and leaks that surfaced during and after the campaign.
Here's what Larson did say. From her vantage point, she says Palin came off as confident, natural and down to earth at events. As for the reported tensions between Palin and the McCain camps, Larson says she never noticed anything. And finally, she couldn't say whether Palin would run for president in 2012, but says there were thousands of people out there who loved seeing her and want to see more.


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