Cruz in CNY

Cruz in CNY

I just got home from seeing Senator Ted Cruz as part of his whistle-stop tour through Central New York.

The place was packed. I got there about an hour and half early and all the seats were taken, and the standing room only area was starting to fill up. By 3:30 pm, the standing room only area was a sea of people and overhead on the mezzanine, people were lined up along the railing on three sides.

When Cruz was introduced, the place erupted. We all leapt to our feet (those of us who weren’t already standing) and the cheers were deafening.

If you are from New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina or any of those other states where seeing presidential candidates is old hat, you’ll have to forgive us Central New Yorkers for our unbridled enthusiasm. It’s been years since Republicans had to come through New York and we were pretty damn excited to have Senator Cruz in the house. For you guys in well-campaigned states, it may be no big deal. But for me? I’ve never seen a presidential candidate in person. And for it to be the guy I support, well, let me tell you, it was memorable!

My only camera was my iPhone since there was no way for me to hobble around with my cane and carry my Canon gear at the same time. Damn Lupus. So my pictures aren’t spectacular, but you get the idea.

Yeah. I was pretty damn close. The benefit of walking with a cane is eventually someone will take pity on you and offer you a seat.

Now, I’ve heard plenty of Cruz speeches on YouTube and other websites, but seeing him in person … there’s nothing like it. He was funny and warm, passionate and direct.

The crowd was extremely enthusiastic — some the loudest applause and cheers coming when Cruz talked about radical Islamic extremists, securing the borders, repealing Obamacare, and abolishing the IRS. But the crowd went wild when Cruz talked about protecting the Second Amendment.

The loudest boos were evenly split between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Apparently CNY is Cruz Country.

I ran into a few acquaintances there including Mrs. B from the Lonely Conservative, and some people from my sister church. Before the event began, we chatted about how different the crowd size would have been if Cruz were there on a Saturday or a weekday late evening instead of afternoon. But as it was, it was pretty damn crowded. Leaving afterward was like leaving a sporting event parking lot.

All in all, I am so thrilled to have had the chance to see Ted Cruz live and in person. I left Driver’s Village even more certain of my support for him. The man will make one hell of a President.

If you like the work at Patriot Retort, please consider contributing

Hit the tip jar DONATE button in the side bar. Even a few bucks can make a world of difference!

Share, share, share

8 thoughts on “Cruz in CNY

  • April 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm
    Permalink

    So glad you got to see him in person. I’ve seen him twice here in Texas. He is very inspirational.

  • April 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm
    Permalink

    It was great. I have seen him speak at CPAC in the past but this was so much better. Plus I am thrilled that I was able to bring the boys. The really enjoyed it. Oh, and I just bought a t-shirt from you! 🙂

  • April 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm
    Permalink

    That’s AWESOME, that you got to attend! I’ve never had the privilege of seeing a presidential candidate. It must TRULY have been thrilling; especially since this Country hasn’t had an honest-to-God conservative since Reagan. I’m excited for you! Thanks for sharing this.

  • April 15, 2016 at 9:46 pm
    Permalink

    I hope he comes to Indiana, I’ve never had the chance to go see a candidate either and I can’t tell you how excited I am!! I have watched this man from the beginning and I pray he will be our new Commander!!

  • April 15, 2016 at 9:55 pm
    Permalink

    dianny..ted is our senator, and we love him. we can’t wait to vote for him in november

  • April 19, 2016 at 10:06 am
    Permalink

    I was humbled and fortunate to help plan an event for Senator Cruz in my home county in Alabama, and then to hear him in a nearby county a month later. Then excited to be invited to attend a coffee with him and about 15 other activists from my area for a Q&A. Senator Cruz is warm and personable, but more than that, he knows the issues and offers solutions. It’s wonderful to have a candidate to vote for without having to hold our noses or apologize for.

Comments are closed.