Monday, June 04, 2007

Jack Markell Will Let Us Know Soon

In case you’ve been wondering, Jack Markell is interested in being Delaware’s next governor.
I was invited to a party for Jack down in Milton on Saturday, which featured country singer/songwriter Deborah Allen and twenty minutes of the obligatory speechmaking. Celia Cohen seemed almost disappointed by the lack of a big announcement:
All that Markell would tell them was that he would tell them. "I know people are expecting a big announcement today, but you're not going to be getting a big announcement today," he said. "You'll be hearing something from me in the next few days."
Celia, of course, would have liked to be the first to give us the news that Jack Markell wants to be governor. The speakers had fun teasing the crowd, without quite getting to the point. UD coaching legend Raymond made a show of not knowing why he was there, but told the crowd, “I’d vote for him for anything.”
Before her set, Deborah Allen shouted, “Jack Markell, Delaware’s next gov…umph,” her mouth theatrically covered by Markell staffer Corey Marshall-Steele.
From there, politics was put aside, and the party began in earnest. Deborah Allen, who has written a boatload of hits, is old school Nashville. She covers all the bases including heartbreak ballads, sultry delta and gospel call and response, and knows how to engage her audience. At one point she picked out the shortest guy with the tallest cowboy hat for a dance that drew whoops and hollers from the crowd.
As for an official announcement, I don’t see that it matters much whether it comes next week, next month or next fall. The point is, it’s coming. But then, you knew that already.


Blogger Nancy Willing said...


I regretfully could not attend (having had to put down my 17 year-old toy poodle Torre this weekend who was suffering with cancer):-(

1:12 PM, June 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's got a fledgling blog going. Maybe that's a sign?

5:34 PM, June 04, 2007  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Actually Hube, he launched his blog in January 2005, which is a month or so before I started; of course you've been at it far longer. Jack was one of the very first blogs to link to TommyWonk.

If you're searching for signs, here's a one: He never closed his campaign office.

Nancy, I once held my favorite dog while having him put down (when he was far too young); I'm sorry for your loss. But it's a reminder that life has a way of intruding on politics.

7:51 PM, June 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again you are the master of understatement...

I loved you subtle underhand pitch on this one...............

"Celia, of course, would have liked to be the first to give us the news that......"

I got a grin out of that one. thank you.

12:06 AM, June 05, 2007  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

I don't think of myself as a master of understatement so much as a devoted servant of understatement.

9:18 PM, June 05, 2007  

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