Centennial Charlie Embarks on Goodwill Tour
During a time in the nation’s capital when bitter infighting between Democrats and Republicans is at an all-time high, “Centennial Charlie,” the official mascot of the RV Centennial, has embarked on a good-will tour of Capitol Hill offices and has proven to be that rarest of creatures – one who is beloved by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, according to a news release.
“Centennial Charlie has spent a whirlwind week meeting with key members of Congress and learning the ‘bear’ essentials of how things get done inside the beltway,” said Dianne Farrell, vice president of government affairs for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “In addition to his largely ceremonial role as ambassador for the RV Centennial, Charlie was quite an effective lobbyist promoting House and Senate resolutions designating June 2010 as RV Centennial Celebration month.”
RVIA legal counsel is checking on Charlie’s possible lobbying registration requirements.
Farrell also noted that Charlie has brought several intangibles to his D.C. tour, saying, “Centennial Charlie is just what Washington, D.C., needs right now. A big, sweet bear to remind them that what’s really important is the quality time we spend with our family and friends. And that there is no better way to spend that time than RVing in America’s Great Outdoors.”
During his time in the nation’s Capital, Centennial Charlie attended a Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., fundraiser on Tuesday (April 20) and had drinks with Minority Leader Boehner, R-Ohio, Wednesday night at the Capitol Hill Club. Charlie spent time with several members on Thursday, including many members of the Indiana House delegation — Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republicans Mark Souder, Dan Burton and Mike Pence.
But anonymous sources are reporting that Charlie has been spotted around town on unscheduled visits as well. One D.C. insider who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “I’m pretty sure I spotted Charlie exiting the Supreme Court.” This fact, combined with Charlie’s quiet, judicial temperament have fueled speculation that he could be President Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee.
A video account of Centennial Charlie’s Cross-Country Caravan will be screened at the RV Centennial Celebration, taking place June 7 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. This is an industry-only event open to those 18 years of age and older. Tickets are required. For tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org.