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You're Invited to a Special Screening of The Ides of March!

October 12, 2011

When we booked The Ides of March, in addition to the normal threshold of Clooney swooners, we knew this topical film would especially attract a political junky audience in and around Capitol Square. So I went to three friends of mine who live and breathe national politics and asked them if they would do an audience “talk-back” following our 7:00 pm screening this coming Wednesday, October 19. No one in this state who knows political campaigning doesn’t know or know of Herb Asher, Doug Preisse and David Wilhelm. Among a sea of politicos in this town, these three have quite the pedigree. The brilliant and witty Herb Asher, who will moderate the talk-back, is Special Counselor to the President and professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State. Super lobbyist and Clooney look-alike Doug Preisse who runs the Franklin County Republican Party is a veteran of the Republican presidential contests in 1992 and 1996 here in Ohio as well as the successful statewide campaigns for Governors Voinovich and Kasich, State Treasurer Josh Mandel and the House Republican Majority. On the other side of the aisle, Appalachian native turned Bexley venture capitalist David Wilhelm ran the national campaign for President Bill Clinton in 1992 and shortly thereafter was appointed (the youngest-ever) Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and, in addition, managed campaigns for the likes of Joe Biden, Richard Daley and the late Paul Simon. The Ides of March is a terrific film, but this will be a doubly terrific evening as Herb, Doug and Dave share campaign war stories and political insight and ask you and others in the audience to share some of your own too. Please join us Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at your local art house – The Drexel.

- Richard Stoff
Chairman of the Board, Friends of the Drexel, Inc.
President and CEO, Ohio Business Roundtable

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