As we near the final two months of the 2018 campaign cycle, I thought it appropriate to mention something I have noticed. There are some truly stellar, hard-working, dedicated people busting their asses on campaigns all over Pennsylvania (and every other state) not only helping our candidates but also generating the much-needed energy and enthusiasm necessary for success on Election Day, and I want to take a moment to thank them.
The people I’m talking about specifically are those of you in your 20’s and 30’s. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of you, while others I follow via social media. As someone who has the responsibility of being a husband and parent to my two sons, plus the fact that I was cast into political exile for a brief period, I take genuine comfort in scrolling down my Facebook feed and watching so many of you going full-throttle for candidates at all levels of government.
I just turned 40, but I’ve been working campaigns and/or holding office since I was eighteen, which makes me feel ancient. But there are days when I’d give almost anything to get back in the trenches, working long hours, eating and drinking like there’s no tomorrow, and engaging in gallows humor with my fellow politicos. It’s like college, but the lessons are often much more real- plus no student loans!
I know there is an aversion to new blood in the Democratic Party which can be incredibly frustrating. But without you and your commitment to your beliefs, our party would be in even more trouble than it is right now. You, the volunteers, activists, and campaign staffers of today will be our legislators, senators, and governors of tomorrow. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need to wait your turn. The voters make those choices- nobody else.
By the way, If any of you ever need some advice that you don’t feel comfortable bringing up within your political circles, shoot me a message. It will remain 100% confidential. It’s the least I can do to help out on occasion.
Thank you for your dedication to public service and your fellow citizens. Even if you don’t think people are taking notice of the work you are doing, rest assured we are and we are grateful.
Now get the hell off of Facebook and go out and win some elections. 🙂