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Former White House staffer addresses Maine CUs forum
FREEPORT, Maine (9/21/10)--Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, spoke to nearly 100 credit union representatives at the Maine Credit Union League’s annual legislative forum Wednesday in Freeport, Maine.
Click to view larger image Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was keynote speaker at the Maine Credit Union League's Annual Legislative Forum. From left are Quincy Hentzel, Maine league director of governmental affairs; Tucker Cole, board member and chair of the league's Political Involvement Committee; Jon Paradise, league governmental and public affairs manager; Fleischer; John Murphy, league president; and Trey Hawkins, Credit Union National Association vice president of political affairs. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Fleischer spoke about the current political climate, noting that Maine voters can be particularly independent. He also provided a reading of notes he took on Sept. 11, 2001, a day that he spent with President Bush. The notes provided a look at the behind-the-scenes conversations and the actions that took place after the attacks. Fleischer plans to donate his notes the George W. Bush Presidential Library, being built at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Trey Hawkins, vice president of political affairs at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), provided a presentation on credit union political advocacy and the role that credit unions can and should have in elections. “When elected officials equate grassroots to strength to votes, numbers matter,” he said.


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