by Chet Hardin
Local liberty activist David Kelly knows how to host a fun political forum: keep the speeches short, the questions lively but civil, and the beer flowing.
Kelly recently dropped the Liberty on the Rocks affiliation, and re-branded his forum Liberty First, but it's still the same core group, and the same format, that it has been for the past two-and-a-half years.
I've only been to the Dublin House once for a Liberty on the Rocks meeting, and I was impressed with Kelly's ability to wrangle the sometimes rowdy crowd of libertarians and liberty activists that make up what he lovingly calls "the lion's den."
It's a fun night, regardless of your political leaning.
And next Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Dublin House, 1850 Dominion Way, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will be walking into the den.
What should he expect?
He'll have about two minutes to stump, then it will be on to un-screened questions from the crowd.
"My people are going to do their homework," says Kelly. "He is going to get some honest questions from some honest people. I'm expecting people giving him some hard questions."
While this is a conservative group, Kelly says that Lamborn shouldn't assume that they will all be supporters. Kelly assumes that about half are supporting Lamborn's opponent, Robert Blaha.
"At times he will be well-received," says Kelly, "and at times he will have some former supporters asking why he deserves their vote."
This is a free event, and the public is welcome.