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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Nice "Lunch" There, John!

Dave let us know in the comments to this thread that the so called "lunch" that the two Johns had at a Wendy's Restaurant in Newburgh was even more of a shameless photo op than I first suspected.

A member of the Kerry advance team called Nikola’s Restaurant at the Newburgh Yacht Club the night before and ordered 19 five-star lunches to go that would be picked up at noon Friday. Management at the restaurant, which is operated by CIA graduate chef Michael Dederick, was told the meals would be for the Kerry and Edwards families and actor Ben Affleck who was with them on the tour.

The gourmet meals to go included shrimp vindallo, grilled diver sea scallops, prosciutto, wrapped stuffed chicken, and steak salad. The meals came to about $200.

Real "Man of the People" there, John.

And I can't tell from the article, but it looks like Kerry and his crew stiffed another restaurant all together.

The entourage had also expected to stop at the Alexis Diner at Route 9W and North Plank Road in the Town of Newburgh. In fact, the Kerry advance team had ordered 125 lunches for the team and supporters. Their buses drove right by the diner on I-84 and proceeded straight to Wendy’s.

Now, even if the Kerry team paid for those lunches, it takes up time and effort to whip out 125 lunches, only to have to toss them away.

Yeah, REAL "Man of the People" there. I can't wait to see what he does for an encore.

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