Democratic Guest Blogger Brady Quirk-Garvan: ‘Another moving night’

Brady Quirk-Garvan

It’s truly hard to put into words how thrilling day three of the Democratic Convention was for the Democratic Party.

At our delegation breakfast, we heard from Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

We’ve really benefited from staying in the same hotel as the Louisiana delegation. We’ve been able to get better speakers at our meetings, and it’s nice to connect with other fellow southern Democrats.

As we all went into the convention hall last night, we knew we were in for another moving night.

Early on in the evening we heard from two of the survivors from the Mother Emmanuel shooting. To hear their brave story and their passion for electing Hillary Clinton was absolutely amazing. As they spoke, there were a ton of media cameras taking pictures and video of the South Carolina delegation as we listened and many of us had a tear in our eyes.

The prime-time section of the evening was astonishing, especially when contrasted with the Republican Convention last week. The Republican Convention struggled to get D-list celebrities, and not a single former Republican President showed up. On the other hand, the Democratic Convention suffered from a plethora of former Presidents and powerful speakers.

As much of the nation was introduced to our next Vice-President, Tim Kaine, the crowd was enamored. He’s a humble Christian and committed public servant.

Tim Kaine exemplifies the best of what we could ask for in a politician, and the audience was thankful to hear from him.

Later, we heard from Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York. Both laid out one of the most direct and common sense appeals for why Hillary Clinton must be elected and why all Americans must make sure Donald Trump never gets anywhere near the White House.

To close out the night we heard from President Barack Obama. President Obama was passionate and reminded us all of his initial speech to the DNC 12 years ago in Boston which launched his national trajectory.

For the people in the audience, it was moving to see President Obama speak for a final time as the leader of our party. While much of the speech was reflective of his time in office, there was also no question that his message to all of us was that we must elect Hillary Clinton as our next President.