I've been meaning to write this piece for a while, about my brief brush with canned ham, mass produced, one-size-fits-all political consulting. (C'mon, how do we all really feel about robotexts?)
When I began to make it known I was considering running for Congress, a forever friend of mine put me in touch with a political consultant (we'll call her "Marie") he had come to know in a round about way as a tremendous favor for me and one that was extremely valuable to my progression as the candidate I am today.
I thought Marie would dig into my motivations for running, my platforms, what type of professional experiences I had thus far, etc. Not quite so...
A few of the take aways from our 45 min. conversation:
-I was instructed to make a list of 100 people I could ask for $1,000...
-I would have to quit my job.
-The entire campaign could cost up to $2.5 million dollars.
-One poll alone can run $50,000 and I need consultants on paid staff with benefits so I have as many people as possible reminding I need to raise more money.
-Incumbents win 90% of the time.
-I need to spend 47.5 hours a week making phone calls to kiss the donor class's butt.
-And before we got off the phone, Marie had a really encouraging, go-get-'em locker room rallying cry of, "Yeah...If I were you, I probably wouldn't do it."
What I took from the conversation was, I'm not going to do it like you're proposing. I cannot quit my job. I don't want this campaign highjacked by a team of boring, basic consultants . Yes, money is required and quite a bit of it, but I believe if you have true appeal to the voters, money can be raised organically, in small micro-donations; remember how Obama out maneuvered HRC in 2008 with this strategy?
This campaign, if anything, needs to ring true to who I am, how I live my life and why I can help bring solutions to a terribly dysfunctional government with a little more peace, love and understanding along the way. Remember, we're still talking about Jesus Christ 2,000 years after the fact. Not for how he squashed inflation or how he handled an oozi, but for how he demonstrated the power of peace, love and understanding.