Saturday was a busy day politically. In the morning, U.S. Senate candidate Shak Hill and House of Representatives candidate Paul Bevington spoke to the Republican Women of Shenandoah County. As mentioned in a previous post, this gathering took place at the Denny’s in Mount Jackson. I traveled there alongside fellow liberty activist Lisa McCumsey.
Afterward, I spent the remainder of the day at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C. Although I had hoped to attend for all three days of the event, as was done last year, both weather and finances kept me from doing so. I was disappointed to miss the taping of the Stossel Show which took place on Friday night.
Shortly after arriving, I ran across Jack Hunter giving an interview in the media lounge.
Next, came a panel discussion with Representatives Justin Amash and Thomas Massie. Unfortunately, due to weather, Massie was unable to attend and thus joining Amash on stage was Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks and Jeff Frazee of Young Americans for Liberty.
Although James Madison University has sent a contingent of students in previous years, to the best of my knowledge there were no JMU students present this year, nor anyone else from the Harrisonburg area. Nevertheless, it was great to run into two former members of Madison Liberty, Reid Walker (not pictured) and Luke Wachob, now working for the Center for Competitive Politics.
It was difficult to gauge attendance at ISFLC this year. Although the conference occupied a greater portion of the hotel and more organizations were participating, actual student numbers were unavailable by the time I left on Saturday evening. Given the Facebook chatter beforehand, it was likely that a good number of students had to unexpectedly cancel at the last minute (again due to snow). All in all, it seemed like another great event, one that I would highly recommend for college students to attend if given the opportunity.
On a more personal note, as I made my way back to the Metro station, I ended up taking a wrong turn and became lost. I was grateful that a young woman pointed me in the right direction. Once she realized that I still wasn’t quite sure where I was going, she kept popping up every block or two, making sure I found my destination successfully. I regret to say that I did not get her name, but her kindness was very much appreciated.
Yes, I believe it is fair to say that Saturday was quite an interesting day!