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Hillary Clinton Visits Bronko's in Crown Point

Postby rock star » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:39 pm


Hillary ends visit with a shot and a beer

April 13, 2008

By John Byrne Post-Tribune staff writer

CROWN POINT -- Hillary Clinton showed her Midwestern roots by enjoying a couple mugs of Old Style on Saturday night at Bronko's restaurant.

The presidential candidate also drank a shot of Crown Royal whisky with mayors David Uran of Crown Point and Tom McDermott Jr. of Hammond before settling in for pepperoni pizza in the bar.

She chatted with McDermott and Uran and his family for a half hour as patrons of the packed restaurant looked on.

Clinton's appearance at Bronko's on Main Street was an "unannounced" post-script to her speech in Valparaiso earlier in the day. But the cat was way out of the bag by the time she got there.

Seemingly half the politicos in Crown Point happened to be enjoying dinner in Bronko's when Clinton arrived to eat with Uran.

After shaking hands with diners throughout the restaurant, Clinton, Uran and McDermott pulled up to the rail in the bar.

"I pulled them draft Old Styles, and then I asked the senator if she wanted a shot of Crown Royal," bartender Russ Panning said. "She said 'Sure.' and she drank both drinks."

The denizens of Bronko's clearly appreciated Clinton's easy manner and willingness to banter.

"Love her or hate her, you've got to respect the way she's acting tonight," one woman said while watching the candidate dine.

South Lake County Democratic Chairman Joe Mika tried to get the senator from New York to autograph a $10 bill for him, but she demurred.

"That's against the law. I could go to jail for that," she said.

Toward the end of the meal, Uran stood and hoisted his mug to the assembled crowd.

"Let's raise our glasses to the next president of the United States," he said.

Clinton took a drink, then turned to the mayor.

"Can I come back next week?" she asked.

As Clinton's caravan pulled away, Uran said he thought she enjoyed an opportunity to take it easy for a couple minutes, albeit with a crowd of gawkers taking her picture the whole time.

"I think she wanted to relax a little, and that's what you can do when you come to Crown Point," he said.

(http://www.post-trib.com/news/892287,hi ... ax.article)
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Re: Hillary Clinton Visits Bronko's in Crown Point

Postby rock star » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:47 pm

Bartender describes Clinton's shot, beer
(http://www.post-trib.com/news/894679,hi ... lo.article)

April 15, 2008

By John Byrne Post-Tribune staff writer

CROWN POINT -- Call it the Shot Heard 'Round the World.

The glass of Crown Royal whiskey Sen. Hillary Clinton drank at Bronko's restaurant Saturday night has become a talking point in the Democratic presidential primary, and made a minor celebrity of bartender Russ Panning.

Panning offered Clinton the shot to go along with a mug of draft Old Style she was drinking in the lounge at Bronko's during an unannounced appearance after a speech in Valparaiso.

Now he's appearing on various news programs and trying to set the record straight about the libation.

"I was interviewed on (a Chicago radio station Monday), and they said, 'So, she was tossing back shots?'" Panning said.

"I said 'No, she sipped it. That's what we do here, we sip our shots with our beer.'

"They said, 'You don't sip shots, you toss 'em back.' I told them they don't know what they're talking about, and they told me I was getting combative," he said.

"Listen, I don't want to do any damage to her campaign," Panning added. "She didn't just appear, down a shot of whisky and leave. She spent a lot of time talking to just about everybody in the restaurant. She sat down and had dinner."

Syndicated news program "Inside Edition" sent a camera crew to Bronko's, and they too wanted to talk principally about the Crown Royal, Panning said.

"I hate to see this reduced to the shot of whisky, like Sen. Clinton was here boozing or something. She spent about two hours here," he said.

Sen. Barack Obama has accused Clinton of pandering to the working class with her stop at the Main Street eatery, telling a crowd in Pittsburgh on Monday that candidates will do anything for votes, even "come around, with TV crews in tow, to throw back a shot and a beer."

But Panning said the entire scene felt genuine.

"I just asked her if she wanted a shot, and she said, 'Sure,' " he said. "Nobody suggested I offer it to her or anything like that."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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Re: Hillary Clinton Visits Bronko's in Crown Point

Postby -={ARCLIGHT}=- » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:36 am

I guess nobody was fooled, she is dropping out today.
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