Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
"I wanted to go right over and kiss him," sighed Roberta Golding Tuesday night as she watched Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) slip hastily out the door of the reception room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
"I really had to restrain myself. After all, I'm a 57-year-old woman. I can't go around throwing myself on politicians."
However, Golding, who is from Massachusetts, wasn't the only guest revved up by the brief appearnace of Kennedy at Tuesday's reception for the $1,000-ticket holders for last night's Democratic National Committee fund-raiser honoring Jimmy Carter. Although Kennedy stayed only long enough to shake a few hands, his entrance definitely electrified the roomful of mostly out-of-towners.
"I'll tell you one thing," mused Howard McCormack, chairman of the board of American Farm Lines in Oklahoma City, "if it comes down to Carter and Kennedy in 1980 - it's going to be a real tough choice where I come from."
If you there, you were a Democrat. There was, for instance, Phoenix land developer Frank Braggiotti, who became a Born-Again-Democrat the day "the Republican administration decided to deport John Lennon and Yoko Ono."
Don Lummus, a Dallas businessman, on the other hand, admitted that although he had voted for Gerald Ford, the Camp David summit had propelled him to "stop into Washington and get to know these Carter people better."
Also on hand were Sens. George McGovern of South Dakota and Lawton Chiles of Florida; Gerald Rafshoon, Tim Kraft and Stu Eizenstat from the White House, energy czar James Schlesinger and John White, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.