Leslie Pearce frowned as Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas entered the near-vacant Bandshell on Saturday morning.
"Here comes Suzanne. I'm going to hide under the table," said Pearce, president of the Democratic Women's Club of Volusia County. Pearce had organized the 10 a.m. rally for local Democrats, but didn't get the turnout she wanted.
The crowd maxed out at about 30 when Kosmas spoke just before 11.
Kosmas, who is fighting to keep the District 24 seat she won in 2008, joked as she took the stage about the "throngs of supporters" she was about to address before railing against Republicans. [...]
"We know that this is going to be a difficult time for us. That's why we need you there," Kosmas said before turning the stage over to Dan Gelber, a candidate for Florida Attorney General.
As Gelber finished his speech, screams of "Kraut dog! Somebody order a kraut dog?" reverberated through the Bandshell. The shouts came from a hot dog stand adjacent to the Bandshell. No one came forward to claim the hot dog. [...]
Donna Garcia, who runs DJ's Hotdogs and Sausages with her husband, John, said she wished someone had told her about the rally, but not for political reasons.
"I wish I knew. I would have opened earlier," Garcia said, before looking over at a hot dog smothered in sauerkraut. "I also wish I could find whoever ordered that kraut dog."
In the end, we were all left holding the kraut dog.