HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Duhon.
This is the story of how Happy Hour came to endorse Kaitlin Marone for Senate.
Normally we describe this show as random conversation with people who have nothing in common. Today our guests do have something in common. They are running for the United States Senate.
The election is November 8th, the same day as the presidential election. Although we can’t promise you the same level of dramatic fireworks as a presidential debate, our plan was to offer the unique possibility of the participants in this forum getting drunk.
That’s because we're having a Senate candidates forum in a bar, namely Wayfare, on Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans.
Our Producer Graham DaPonte invited 7 candidates for the Louisiana Senate race to join Grant and Andrew for a debate over cocktails. Graham chose those 7 candidates from a the larger field because all 7 live in the New Orleans area. Of the 7, four accepted our invitation. Charles Marsala, Kaitlin Marone, Vinny Mendoza, and Caroline Fayard.
Caroline Fayard canceled a few days ago due to a scheduling conflict. And Vinny Mendoza canceled late yesterday because he didn’t realize how long it takes to drive from Alexandria to New Orleans.
And so that left us with two New Orleans area candidates for United States Senator. Charles Marsala, and Kaitlin Marone. Then, minutes before the show, Charles calls with the news that he's stuck in Baton Rouge fighting a court case to try and get all the candidates on a Louisiana Public Broadcasting debate, as opposed to the 5 of the 24 candidates that the LPB are intending to feature. So that leaves us with the sole participant in today's forum: Kaitlin Marone.
Kaitlin Marone is a feminist, comedian and politician whose senatorial platform includes "I don't want to take your guns away but you're making me," "Pay women more than men," and "Cops need therapy."
If you're undecided, this will definitely help you make your mind up. If your mind's already made up, give this conversation 10 minutes and see if you change it. We're endorsing Kaitlin Marone for US Senate. Vote Marone!
Photos by Alison Moon.