This year’s Riverfest celebration in downtown Wilmington the first weekend in October will feature something new along with the usual music, crafts, entertainment, and food offered at the annual festival—right-wing politics.
Scheduled to appear on the main stage in Riverfront Park Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00 is the “I Love America Rally,” hosted by local radio talk show host Curtis Wright, Wilmington’s version of Rush Limbaugh.
The head of the nonprofit that runs Riverfest told the Wilmington Star-News that she has been assured by the general manager of the radio station that broadcasts Wright’s show that the rally will not be a political event.
That would be General Manager Paul Knight, who just happens to be a Republican running for mayor against incumbent Democrat Bill Saffo.
Speakers at the rally will include Republican Bettie Fennell, who lost her bid for the state Senate last year against Democrat R.C. Soles and has already announced she is running again for the seat in 2010, and Republican lawyer Thom Goolsby, who plans to run against Democratic Senator Julia Boseman next fall.
Surely it’s just a coincidence that only Republican candidates are part of the program. Also addressing the crowd will be Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation, enough said there, and Jason McKinley of Fairtax.org, a right-wing group that wants to abolish the IRS. That’s quite a balanced program for the city’s main festival of the year.
Read more at Daily Kos about RightWingFest—if you can stand it.