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Linglestown Gazette: Linglestown backdrop for political photo shoot

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Linglestown backdrop for political photo shoot

I sensed something different was in the making when I rolled up to St. Thomas Roasters this morning on my trusty bicycle.

There was a nattily dressed young woman sporting a pleasant aroma walking in front of the coffee house obviously in search of something. She had a foreign accent to boot!

Shaking off a feeling that I was in Paris or Venice on holiday, I asked her if I could provide some type of assistance. She declined and said that she was certain Roasters was the place she needed to be.

Having completed my mission of chivalry, I sauntered into the coffee house to order my usual medium coffee with a refill, forked over $2.50 to Java Geoff and then took my regular seat on the porch to solve the problems of the world with the morning crew of misfits and retired guys. (By the way, I'm one of the misfits.)

Then, several artsy types carrying photographic equipment joined the sweet-smelling gal with a foreign accent.

The reason for this flurry of activity became apparent when John McNally, the Republican candidate running for the state senate seat being vacated by longtime officeholder Jeff Piccola, appeared seemingly out of thin air.

Then it dawned on me – there's a giant-sized campaign postcard in the making. Yes, yes, that had to be the answer to this riddle.

I didn't confirm it with John's campaign manager, but I'd bet you a bag of donuts – and you buy the donuts – that scenes from this and other photo shoots will soon fill mailboxes throughout our village in a replay of John's primary election campaign.

Just like they do at Hollywood movie sets, John was escorted to the side yard of the coffee house to get makeup applied and then the snapping of high-tech cameras began.

The photo at the top of this post was taken during the shoot. John is youngest-looking person in the photo.

After things returned to normal and John paid his respects to my comrades and me, I considered how this slice of political show biz would impact whether I vote for John or his Democratic opponent Rob Teplitz.

My pondering didn't bump me out of the undecided column.

But as I sipped my mixture of Dark Chocolate Dust and Sumatra Mandheling coffees, I wondered, could Rob one-up John by employing an even more stunning makeup artist?

The answer to this question, my friends, could be the key to scoring my vote.

Ain't democracy great!

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