At the CAPC breakfast this morning I had the pleasure of sitting with Julia Robbins of Assemblyman Blankenbush' office and Jessica Renzi of Senator Ritchie's office.
We were there to acknowledge the fine volunteers who prepare tax returns for seniors as part of the VITA program administered by the Community Action Planning Council.
Ms. Renzi is always affable and informed and always gets mad at me for referring to her by her former title, Miss New York...She was crowned some years ago to represent our entire state on the national stage at Miss America...
I know these pageants have lost the fascination of many, but it is an accomplishment...I know some people try to dismiss pageant winners like Ms. Renzi or Sarah Palin (runner up for Miss AK). It's like pointing it out is a putdown..
It's not...Its a unique honor and takes a lot of skill, charm and education to win one of these...If it was just looks, I'd vote for J-Lo over Jessica.
Ms. Renzi has gone on to raise a family and stays involved in government and politics.
Don't let the nattering nabobs make you feel the crown is anything less than something to be proud of.