Everyone has come into the hall, and a gospel group is entertaining the diners. We observed Fred Thompson leaving the private reception area with staff (several with Thompson stickers–red and white).
One difference between this and the Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner is that this event is a lot less overtly political. No one, for example, is wearing campaign buttons or stickers, and the tables have no campaign swag.
The Republicans did a great job of setting the event up. The JJB was a barely restrained chaos–this is more orderly.
McKinney with CGG (he insisted)
The inside of the hall. Nice!