CHARLOTTE, N.C. (9/6/12)--Between 250 and 300 Democratic National Convention (DNC) delegates and more than a dozen federal lawmakers Wednesday attended an event hosted by the Credit Union National Association, the state credit union leagues, CUNA Mutual Group, and credit unions to honor all delegates attending the convention.
DNC delegates and federal lawmakers attended an event hosted by CUNA, the credit union leagues and CUNA Mutual Group at the Aria Tuscan Grill Restaurant in uptown Charlotte, N.C., to honor all delegates attending the convention here. (CUNA Photo)
The event, hosted at Charlotte, N.C.'s Aria Tuscan Grill Restaurant, provided delegates, lawmakers and credit union representatives a casual atmosphere to mingle and discuss the events of the day, as well as credit union issues. It also gave them a chance to refuel with a wide assortment of tapas-style selections.
The delegate event closely followed another credit union convention highlight when CUNA and its partners unveiled a convention "leave-behind" project to benefit the DNC's host city.
After months of preparation and work, the credit union project now provides young patients at Levine Children's Hospital with a renovated rooftop playground for therapeutic play, a bit of fresh air, a change of scenery, and a break from their hospital routines. (See related story: Rep. Clyburn calls CUs' convention project 'important.')
Both credit union events happened just hours before former President Bill Clinton took the podium at the Time Warner Cable Arena last night to formally nominate Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for president. The convention changes venue today to the much larger Bank of America Stadium for when the president delivers his acceptance speech.
Also on Wednesday, CUNA continued its ongoing sponsorship of the National Journal's
Convention Daily Briefings, which feature party newsmakers here, as it did in Tampa.
The day's session featured Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who discussed Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan and how Van Hollen thinks it has helped Democrats in House races across the county.
The session also included the executive directors of both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and ended with The Cook Political Report's
Jennifer Duffy and David Wasserman.
Trey Hawkins, CUNA vice president of political affairs, says CUNA participation in the national conventions overall is "an opportunity to continue to develop our political brand."