Perry Lunches with Kimball in Dover

Texas Gov. Rick Perry came to Dover Thursday to meet with the Foster’s editorial board and to have lunch with state GOP chairman Jack Kimball at Harvey’s Bakery.

Gov. Perry shook some hands with dining patrons, then sat down with Kimball, his wife, activist Diane Bittner of Rye, and Cathi Remington of Hampton. Remington developed the popular “Soldier’s Hug” bracelet sold through her bead store in Hampton National Committeewoman Phyllis Woods had been invited but was unable to attend.

“Just keep talkin’ about jobs,” Perry said to his guests over an appetizer plate of Maple Squares, having been assured by his server that the frosted treats were “voted best in New Hampshire.”

Perry mentioned that nearby Pease was one of the bases he had not flown into during his time in the Air Force,

Dover businessman Dan Philbrick stopped by to say hello, having been invited to do so, but the Harvey’s stop was notable for the lack of local Republican activists. There were no local elected officials, state legislators, or members of the Strafford County GOP Committee on hand, for example. The hastily organized event had not been promoted by the Perry campaign, which is in start-up mode.

Instead, it was an authentic retail stop, with least 25 members of the media easily outnumbering patrons in the 2,000 square foot restaurant. Wait staff patiently served their regular patrons amid the hubbub and seemed nonplussed by the presence of a national figure, several Texas Rangers, and the media mob.

fergus@ferguscullen.com, August 18, 2011

Author: Fergus Cullen

Fergus Cullen is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party (2007-2008) and an editorial page columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

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