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Seeing Red

| October 9, 2012 | Parties National

THE PARTY Republicans—and DC politicos—flocked to Tampa, Fla., to rally the troops on behalf of Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan as they geared up for the 2012 presidential election. THE PEOPLE A variety of the truncated week’s events had a rock ’n’ roll vibe. DC’s favorite “cowpunk” band The Surreal McCoys—headed up by the Entertainment Software Association’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Erik Huey—opened for some of rock’s biggest names: Juliette Lewis, Mark McGrath and Camp Freddy under the pop-up party tent, 1 Oak Tent, in honor of the org Wounded Warriors. Benefit concerts surrounded the perimeter of the Tampa Convention Center, including a Got Your Six & Lifetime Television event featuring country star Sara Evans that was attended by John McCain, and his wife, Cindy. Also, classic rock sensation Journey headlined a Creative Coalition charity concert. BEST IN SHOW With so many events on the docket, a cool way to “party”-hop emerged. Sponsored by lobbyists Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., “Bus Force One,” a 40-person luxury limo-bus stocked with refreshments, made stops at major events. Photography by Daniel Swartz/revamp.com



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