California’s Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the State Assembly representing the 76th District of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton, has scored the backing of South Bend, Indiana’s Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is touted as a potential Presidential candidate. Says Mayor Pete, “I am a Democrat because I believe in defending freedom, fairness, families, and the future for ordinary people throughout our country. Elizabeth fights for these same values, and I am counting on her to serve you well in the Assembly. From one Hoosier to another, I wish her great success and look forward to the day she represents North San Diego County in the California State Assembly.”
Warren, who grew up in South Bend, is in turn supporting the campaign of her old friend Cindy Kilgore, a retired decorated police officer currently running for County Council in Granger, Indiana.
It’s a reflection of shared friends, political values - and Dyngus Day.
Dyngus Day, the Monday after Easter, is the Polish bookend of Mardi Gras in terms of revelry, but in terms of politics, in South Bend and elsewhere, it is a time-honored tradition - especially in election years. It’s a time for Polka music, beer drinking, and full on campaigning: glad-handing, speech-making, combing crowds for supporters – and donations.
This year, progressive Warren is bringing the holiday to North San Diego County in a display of cross-country Democratic solidarity. Encinitas landscape architect Mark Wisniewski is hosting the Monday, April 2 “Dyngus Day Meet the Candidate” party for Warren at Belching Beaver Brewery’s “Pub 980,” 980 Park Center Drive in Vista, from 4 to 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase; every attendee will receive a commemorative gift from the campaign. Warren will be “live tweeting” and photo sharing with South Bend’s parties via social media.
Warren says she and supporter Wisniewski discovered their shared Polish heritage and cooked up the idea to acquaint Californians with the holiday; they plan to make it an annual event. “Everybody is Polish on Dyngus Day,” Warren says. “It’s a nod to my Polish heritage, a shout out to Mayor Pete and all my friends in Indiana, and a great way to introduce fun and frolic to our political system!”
Due to space, attendees must RSVP to confirm a spot. *Suggested contribution is $25. Contribution is not mandatory. However, the first 25 guests to register and contribute $25 or more will receive “supporter swag bags” filled with an array of unique Dyngus Day gifts contributed by the event hosts.