Fishburne, Hamm and Westfeldt in GJ to get out the vote
On Saturday, while experiencing what it’s like to campaign on a grassroots level in the swing state of Colorado, Hollywood actress and writer Jennifer Westfeldt heard a click at the other end of the phone line. Another hang up.
The actress realized it’s hard work to volunteer at a phone bank, knock on doors and campaign for a president in a state where people have been inundated with advertisements, mailers and phone calls.
Consequently, Westfeldt joined actors Jon Hamm, Laurence Fishburne and Stephanie March on a whirlwind tour Saturday of eight places in Colorado, including Grand Junction, to personally thank those volunteering in the re-election bid of President Barack Obama.
Each actor was greeted with cheers and cellphone cameras in the packed campaign office at 2454 U.S. Highway 6&50.
“You’re all heroes,” Westfeldt told the crowd, standing on a folding chair in the front of the room. “We are so honored to be in your presence.”
She then introduced her boyfriend. “Hi. I’m Jen’s boyfriend,” actor Jon Hamm told the laughing crowd. The “Mad Men” star thanked the crowd for their efforts in Obama’s campaign and urged them to vote and stay energized in the final 10 days until the election. “This is the purest expression of democracy,” Hamm said.
March and Fishburne then thanked volunteers for working on Obama’s re-election bid.
Volunteer Jefferson Campbell, 21, was one of those people the actors came to thank. Campbell, who is voting in his first presidential election this year, has driven over from Utah several times during this campaign to canvass for Obama.
He first heard the actors were coming to Grand Junction Friday but thought it was a joke. It wasn’t until he got to the Grand Junction office Saturday when he realized Hamm, Westfeldt, Fishburne and March were truly coming. “I’m really emotionally invested in this campaign,” Campbell said, so he would volunteer without the appearance of celebrities, but their stop was “a bonus.” “I mean, who doesn’t love Jon Hamm?” he asked.
At the same time Obama volunteers were listening to Fishburne yell, “Fired up!” Colorado Mesa University hosted a rally by the Obama camp to highlight the importance of the youth vote. Actors Zachary Quinto, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ben McKenzie, Bryan Greenberg and Nick Zano attended the rally.