FAIRFIELD — A couple hundred people gathered Saturday night for the Liberty Ball, a semi-formal dinner gathering at the Jelly Belly Factory, to hear Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., and others speak.
People milled about the Jelly Belly Visitor Center, talking and listening to live music before heading to dinner for the speakers. Also scheduled to speak were Assemblyman Dan Logue, who has announced his run against Rep. John Garamendi next year, and Ruben Barrales, former deputy assistant to former president George W. Bush.
McClintock represents District 4, which covers Lincoln, Rocklin and Auburn and continues east to Lake Tahoe and south to Kern County.
“I’ll be speaking about the central philosophy of the Republican Party, which can be summed up in a single word, ‘Freedom,’ ” McClintock said as he visited with attendees in the cafeteria area of the Visitor Center. “I’m going to be talking about the voluntary society created by the American founders where people are free to make their own decisions as they go through life and the compulsory society which we’re seeing steadily imposed by the American left.”
McClintock said he wanted to share his thoughts and concerns about where the nation is headed.
“(I’ll) voice the observation that our country is now at a crossroads,” he said. “We’re either going to restore the uniquely American principles of individual liberty, constitutionally limited government and personal responsibility that built the most prosperous and happy republic in the history of the world, or whether we’re going to adopt a new course that leads to the failed policies of Europe.”
Meanwhile, he said he was enjoying himself visiting with people.
“How can you not at the Jelly belly factory,” he said.
Among the numbers in attendance, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price said he was curious to hear what the congressman would say.
“Having the congressman come to Jelly Belly, given the great concerns that we have about retaining meaningful industries in California and particularly Jelly Belly, because of the difficulty with sugar that’s produced in this country and the regulations that make it much more competitive for companies to go elsewhere,” the mayor said. “My job is to make certain that we keep Jelly Belly, that we keep Anheuser-Busch and that we continue to attract meaningful employers that are going to be good, not only for our economy, but good for our city, and I’m anxious to hear what the congressman has to say tonight.”
The Liberty Ball was put on by the Solano County Central Republican Committee.
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