The picnic, now in its 111th year, drew about 50 people to Kern Park, where the food, of course, was potluck and the entertainment was the two-person band Eric Blowtorch and the Welders.
The crowd, many with graying hair, was mostly the party regulars, a group that looks increasingly quaint in todayâ€™s sharp-edged, fast-moving political world.
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s a relic at all,â€ said Paul Cigler of Appleton, state chairman. â€œWeâ€™re keeping a long tradition alive, and this is a message that needs to be heard.â€
Besides touching the SP’s long history, the article discusses Brian Moore‘s presidential campaign and its limited finances, while highlighting the ballot access challenge it faces:
In Wisconsin, backers need 2,000 valid signatures, all collected between Aug. 2 and Sept. 2. So the picnic served as a launch for the effort.
The state party gave Moore $300 toward a plane ticket but couldnâ€™t find a local host. Moore ended up at the Best Western, where the $62 a night charge was OK, but more, he noted, than the $49 he paid in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio.
These things matter when you have a tight budget, such as $5,000 to get on the ballot in Washington state. Saturday was the deadline, and Moore said they were likely to fall short.