Austin Trip, Day 2: Ryan Brim (June 1, 2012)

Today was the second day of the trip, but the first day of the New Politics Forum’s (NPF) Campaign Bootcamp. After a restful night’s sleep, we kicked off the day with a visit to the French Legation.

The French Legation, the oldest house in Austin, was completed in 1841 by Alponse Dubois de Saligny, the French diplomat to the Republic of Texas. Dubois did not stay in the house long, though.  Dr. J. W. Robertson and his family bought and then lived in the house for almost 100 years! In 1956, the house opened as a historical museum cared for by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

We had a pretty good, but quick, tour of the Texas Capitol after seeing the French Legation. The first capitol building was erected in 1853, and cost about $150,000. In November 1881, the capitol went up in flames and burned to the ground. By the end of 1886, a new capitol was built and cost more than $3,700,000.

The Junior Fellows in the Capitol

Second Kitchen was where we had lunch with Will’s father and Mr. Phillips’ summer clerk. Personally, this has been the best place that I have eaten in Texas. I had the Short Rib Sliders, and they were so good! The restaurant itself was amazing. It is, by far, my favorite restaurant in Texas.

Short Rib Sliders at The Second Kitchen

NPF started this afternoon and the seminar that I attended was the Introduction to Campaign Bootcamp and the Overview of a Successful Campaign.  It was a lot of good information and really described the conference in detail.

It was a long day, and I’m tired now, but I can’t wait for tomorrow’s seminars and events.

 

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