Country Music Star to Stump For Hoffman? Not Likely
One half of the country music duo 'Big & Rich' may make a north country appearance for Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
The Watertown City School Board was approached Tuesday night by Hoffman representatives, who said they were considering using the district's facilities for a John Rich appearance.
The representatives had looked at both Case Middle School and Watertown High School as possible sites.
The board is required to allow such activities, but passed a resolution saying they aren't taking a position on Hoffman's candidacy.
The show would be Friday night, Hoffman representatives told the board.
However, a person connected to the Hoffman campaign told said the show is not likely to happen, because of scheduling problems and difficulty finding an adaquate venue.
The campaign has looked at a range of halls in the district, not limited to Watertown.
Rich is the latest in a series of conservative stars to back Hoffman and originally supported former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson in the 2008 election and ended up backing Senator John McCain, according to Wikipedia.
Joe Rich (no relation) from the Disabled Persons Action Organization (DPAO) told 7 News the DPAO was approached for advice by the Hoffman camp about a week ago.
Rich, who said his group is not involved in the planning of the potential show, said it was his understanding that the Rich appearance would be less than a full-fledged show and more of a 'meet and greet' with fans.
A Hoffman campaign spokesman said he was not aware of the plan, but was checking.
A 'John Rich' who identified himself as a self employed country music entertainer was listed as a contributor to Hoffman's campaign, along with his wife. They gave a total of $5000.
John Rich joins Thompson, who is best known as an actor on the Law & Order tv series and Sarah Palin, the former Vice-Presidential candidate and conservative icon.
'Big & Rich' is responsible for three best-selling albums and 10 'Top Ten' country music singles, according to Wikipedia.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, Watertown, NY
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