If you followed along on the social media pages of Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin, and/or Shannon the Dude on Monday afternoon, you’d know their quest to see former U.S. Rep. and Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney in Iowa did not go as planned.
For those unfamiliar, the KSR crew drove two hours out of their way from Des Moines to Tripoli to go bowling with Delaney at his rally in a roadside, hole-in-the-wall bowling alley called “Panther Lanes.”
Upon arrival, though, they discovered that Delaney had canceled earlier in the day and their four-hour trek to and from was for nothing. The venue was mostly empty, and the most they were able to accomplish was a FaceTime call with the presidential candidate, a game of bowling with the handful of people in attendance, and a few beers in-between.
Here was just one of the several Periscope videos and photos posted to their social media feeds on Monday afternoon:
LIVE AT the John Delaney Rally https://t.co/92FHTlt24g
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 27, 2020
Late last night, Amie Rivers of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier published an article on the KSR crew’s journey to Tripoli and the disappointment that followed.
Here is a brief segment of the piece:
Matt Jones was bummed. He and his staff at Kentucky Sports Radio drove all the way up from Kentucky to northern Iowa but didn’t get to see former U.S. Rep. John Delaney in person.
And he told Delaney just that after Delaney’s team got the Democratic presidential candidate on FaceTime with the radio host at Panther Lanes in Tripoli on Monday afternoon.
“Just so you know, you’re talking to two thousand people in Kentucky right now,” Jones said, using the Periscope app to broadcast his FaceTime interview to his show’s followers. “What’s your favorite thing about Kentucky?”
“The bourbon,” Delaney said, though when pressed he couldn’t pick a favorite.
Jones asked why people in Kentucky should consider voting for him.
“I’m the president who’s going to bring this country together and start getting things done,” Delaney said.
Jones was one of five people — none Iowans — who showed up to see the candidate. He brought his sports radio staff up to snowy Iowa in January “to show people what’s going on in the Iowa caucuses,” but also because Jones enjoys politics: He’s written a book called “Mitch, Please! How Mitch McConnell Sold Out Kentucky.”
“We’re trying to meet every candidate over the course of a week,” Jones said. “We’re trying, in our entertaining way, to tell people about politics.”
Despite Delaney canceling his meet-and-greet in Tripoli at the last minute, which state campaign director Brent Roske said was because he was “held up” in Washington, D.C., Roske still got the former Maryland representative on the phone with would-be voters and bought everyone’s bowling and food at Panther Lanes.
For the entire article, you can check it out here.
While you’re at it, Matt, Ryan, Drew, and Shannon released their second episode of the “KSR Takes Iowa” podcast last night, where they documented their travels to Tripoli and all of the goofiness that came with Delaney’s no-show.