Clinton supporters hustle to Danceland Ballroom


Image courtesy of Madison Gritton

Hillary Clinton was just one of the primary democratic nominees making the rounds in Iowa on Saturday, January 23rd.  

At an event titled “Hard Hats for Hillary,” Clinton supporters rallied at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport from 4:30 to 6:30.

As the name of the event suggests, Clinton’s designated audience was largely union workers; however, dozens of Clinton well-wishers attended the speech.

Madison Gritton, a BHC graduate of 2015, was among those eager to observe the nominee. “Not all of what she mentioned in her speech really could relate to me considering I’m not in a union…but a couple of things did resonate with me. She mentioned how she was going to raise our incomes, but not raise our taxes.

“As of right now with my current income, I cannot afford to live out on my own. If my income was raised, I could finally be able to move out of my parent’s house.”

Gritton also described how Clinton spoke of wanting to “build up our infrastructure” by repairing or building new roads and bridges.

“Hillary didn’t really talk about different controversial topics, I’m guessing because it was really close to caucus,” admitted Gritton.

When asked how the spectators reacted at “Hard Hats for Hillary,” Gritton gushed, “When she speaks, it’s almost like she’s talking with her friends…Seeing her in person made me support her even more.”

As caucus-season is kicking-off, events like “Hard Hats for Hillary” are crucial for nominees, including Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, who also were campaigning in Iowa at that time.

Written by Gayle Grundstrom