Wichita City Council member Jim Skelton, who is running for County Commission against incumbent Gwen Welshimer, chose the Scotch & Sirloin for his watch party for one reason: That’s what he’s done before.
“That’s not a very scientific answer,” he says, though he adds that the service is good.
I have these random thoughts after popping into the party:
Is the Scotch always this busy on a Tuesday? And if so, exactly how much money are Sonny and Lindy making? Is it too late for me to invest?
And who knew Skelton is so tall? How tall, you ask? “76 inches,” he says, clearly having fielded the question before. That’s 6 feet 4 inches, if you’re curious.
The party, in a back room off of the main dining area, is a subdued affair with mostly families sitting together, eating and watching returns.
There are clusters of businessmen, too. There’s Gary Oborny and Chad Stafford of Occidental Management. Oborny says he’s going to stop by County Commissioner Dave Unruh’s party at the House of Schwan, too, because local races are important.
“Jobs are the No. 1 answer to what’s going to happen,” Oborny says.
Other notables in the crowd: Dave Wells of Key Construction and Greg Farris, who was leaning in looking like he was about to tell Dave something really interesting — right until I walked up and he saw it was me.