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Hillary Clinton Supporters Get Big Thrill And A Book At Brookfield's Costco

Hillary Clinton greets the first two families in line at her book signing Saturday at Costco in Brookfield. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Alexandra Prendergast, 19, a Danbury High grad and sophomore at Wesleyan University, waits for her parents, Sandra and Jeff, as they get their books signed by Hillary Clinton. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Cindy Wolfe Boynton Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
A small group of supporters of President Donald Trump hold up signs across from the Costco in Brookfield during the Hillary Clinton book signing. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Tyler and Eric enjoy cookies courtesy of Costco before the book signing. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

BROOKFIELD, Conn. – First in line has its own rewards.

Eric Bosco-Schmidt and his husband, Tony, of Brookfield arrived at Costco in Brookfield with their kids Maya, 16, and Tyler, 9, on Friday night to see Hillary Clinton — at noon on Saturday.

They were joined at the front of the line by their friend Carlos Rogers of Brookfield and his kids Lucas, 9, and Brian, 4. They took turns sleeping in line — in Costco folding chairs — and in the car.

But the 18-hour wait was worth it. They made their way through security into the back of the Costco warehouse just before noon on Saturday. There, black cloths were draped over crates of water and shelves to create a book signing area for Clinton, whose memoir "What Happened" on her losing presidential run was just published this week.

And when Clinton, dressed in a royal blue pantsuit, arrived, she went straight to the families, greeted each one by name and shook their hands.

She handed them copies of her new book, as well as the children's version of book, "It Takes a Village."

They even shared a story of their highlight from their time in line: Late at night, as a Brookfield police officer went by the kids, he asked if they needed anything. They jokingly shouted out, "Starburst!"

The officer returned with a gift of a bag of candy to share.

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It was more than they had hoped for when the showed up with snacks, a toy pirate sheep and plans to spend the night waiting for Clinton.

"It's exciting that this is happening," said Eric Bosco-Schmidt. "We were so shocked by the outcome of the election. We had PTSD."

He said they wanted Clinton, who won the popular vote but lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, to know "we care for her and we support her."

Many people in the line had stories to share of supporting Clinton, voting for her and even working on the presidential campaign.

Many people in the line had stories to share of supporting Clinton, voting for her and even working on the presidential campaign.

Cindy Wolfe Boynton of Milford, president of the Connecticut chapter of NOW, the National Organization for Women, ran a field office for Clinton in both the primary and general election last year.

"I couldn't be this close and not see her," Wolfe Boynton said. Her father died in July 2016 and working on the campaign "kept me from curling up into a ball and crying. It got me out of bed each day."

Her father was a die-hard Republican, but before he died, he told her that he planned to vote for Clinton – a Democratic vote just that one time.

"I believe in her values and what she stood for in our country," Wolfe Boynton said.

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