Report from Denver: Joining Together as Friends of New Orleans

By August 25, 2008Policy Experts

(Note: NAM’s Executive Vice President Jay Timmons is at the National Democratic Convention in Denver this week, and he’ll be blogging events, adding his insights as both a veteran of Senate and campaign politics and as a top representative of the U.S. manufacturing economy.)

It is rare at a political convention to see a non-partisan event.Thanks to a dedicated group of sponsors — including NAM members Shell, Phrma, Entergy, Nuclear Energy Institute, American Chemistry Council, American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, Lockheed-Martin, and Duke Energy — Denver was home to a star-studded event to raise funds for the “Friends of New Orleans” organization. The Friends Group is dedicated to helping rebuild New Orleans after the devastating 2005 Hurricane Katrina and has brought together political professionals and public servants from both sides of the aisle in this noble effort.

Uber-power couple (Republican) Mary Matalin and (Democrat) James Carville were in attendance, with Carville taking center stage to thank attendees and generate support for the cause. (Event poster.) The same sponsors will be hosting another “New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya” at the GOP Convention in Minnesota next week.

The show of support for the people of New Orleans is a vivid reminder that determined leaders can work together without regard to political party. Let’s hope that bipartisanship extends into the next Congress on issues that matter to all manufacturing workers across the United States.


Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.
Jay Timmons

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