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August 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Hot dog! A Republican party

It was heating up over on the East Side early Tuesday, in a Bellevue glass box that looks like all the others but for the party going on inside at the Republican Party’s gathering.

Where else would you run into a guy wearing a JP MORGAN name tag? “Really?” I said. “Really,” he answered, and didn’t crack a smile.

Outside George Henry was doing a brisk business with his hot dog cart. He cranked up the cart to get out of the house during his retirement.

“I was driving my wife crazy,” he said. “I started with one, now I’ve got three. We design all our dogs ourselves.”

He’s in such demand that the Bellevue School District and the GOP faithful at McKenna’s campaign headquarters patronize him with equal zeal. “They are sort of left,” Henry said of the school district dog fans, “and the GOP, well they are sort of right, but they have worked out a truce. They usually aren’t here at the same time.”

He prides himself on his recipes, including the hot links, split down the middle, piled with cream cheese, with bacon on the side. “In thirty seconds, it’s warming your belly,” Henry said. “That is a favorite of the Woodinville cops.”

So, what’s the GOP dog of choice?

“They like the specials,” Henry said. “But it has to be something red, so that’s a kilbasa. Or maybe a brat.”

But you can never tell a man by his dog, Henry said. Case in point, as Steve Maiers walked up, a GOP faithful sporting his button declaring marriage is between a man and a woman.

He ordered the veggie dog.

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