will.i.am in Arlington
Though local media reported underwhelming turnout at some of Terry McAuliffe's daytime events with singer will.i.am yesterday, McAuliffe got an enthusiastic crowd of around 350 at the singer's final event at the Clarendon Ballroom last night.
"I could be doing a lot of things with my time--making songs for my colleagues in the height of Boom-Boom Pow," the singer told media before taking the stage. That'd be will.i.am's latest single, currently ranked one in the country. "I could be in Hollywood trying to get a new film. But it's improtant that I'm here with Terry McAuliffe, because I really believe it's going to take us all to turn America around."
The crowd was largely young and included campaign workers, friends of campaign workers and some undecided voters. The event was a fundraiser, so each of those folks made a $20 donation to get in--plus agreed to give over their contact information to help build the McAuliffe volunteer rolls.
McAuliffe was introduced to the sign-waving crowd by Biz Markie, who rewrote his 1980s hit "You Say He's Just a Friend" for the occasion. "Oh Baby you, you got what we nee-ee-eed. Cause Terry is our Friend," he crooned.
McAuliffe and Will recalled how McAuliffe and his wife spotted the singer encouraging people to vote after a performance of the Black Eyed Peas at the Grammy's shortly before the 2004 election. McAuliffe, then chairman of the DNC, called the singer a week later and encouraged him to campaign for Sen. John Kerry and a friendship was born.
The singer acknowledged to an enthusiastic crowd that he and McAuliffe parted ways before last year's Democratic primary, revealing McAuliffe called him in 2007 and encouraged him to campaign for Hillary Clinton. "My heart said this is what I need to do," he said of his support for Barack Obama instead. "Still," he said, "we stayed friends."
May 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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