I’ve got pre-election fever! And the only cure is more blogging!
We’re heading into the final 10 days before the November election, yet in many ways, the time we have to help create a positive outcome is even shorter.
I had a disconcerting experience yesterday. As I was browsing several campaign and election websites, I was struck by how much I wanted to help all these brave men and women who, seeing the problems in Washington, decided months ago to run in races where they knew from the outset they had little chance of winning.
Candidates like Rob Steele, a humble cardiologist from Michigan, running against John Dingell who – get this – has been in Washington DC for 55 YEARS.
Incredibly, many of these “Hail Mary pass” candidates are now within actual striking distance of winning their elections. Many of these candidates have never run for national office before. More establishment-types, after all, would have thought it foolish to run against elected officials who, until a year ago, appeared invulnerable. But that’s the wonderful thing about democracy – it surprises you.
Now I want to surprise them with a last-minute infusion of funds and resources from the CatholicVote / American Papist community to help their weary legs with a final burst of energy to race across the finish line. St. Paul would be proud.
Just today CatholicVote sent a special donation to George Phillips, who is running for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. We now have him up on our CV PAC endorsements page and I would urge you to check him out and support him. CatholicVote has full confidence in his positions and abilities.
To make things easier for us, I’ve setup a “November Short List” of five worthy candidates (including Rob Steele and George Phillips) I would urge you to support them. Two of the other five candidates should be familiar to you – Carly Fiorina and Keith Rothfus. My last pick, Charles Lollar, is a man I respect a good deal, having met and heard him talk here in DC some time ago, and after watching the horrible way he has been personally treated by his opponent, Steny Hoyer (Nancy Pelosi’s right-hand man). Bottom Line: If 20 of you donate $25 to this fund my goal of giving them each $100 will be met!
I use the new website ActRIGHT to create this easy way to donate to candidates. It is run by conservatives and you can see by who is receiving funds and what organizations are supported – it’s a good outfit we can all confidently get behind. I hope you consider taking a few moments today (or this weekend) to send some much-needed funds to the candidates you know best. What you do really does help.
Finally, CatholicVote has released a new ad for the run-up to the November 2nd elections. Any funds you can spare to help us get it on the air would be deeply appreciated.
I haven’t explained yet what was disconcerting about reading up on this group of candidates this election cycle: they look to me like ordinary folks. I know that’s a hackneyed phrase in our politics today, but this time it rang true for me. With the exception of Carly Fiorina – who I endorse for different reasons – these four candidates’ lives haven’t been marked by trying to become powerful or gain influence.
They’re just good people with the right ideas who want to help our country.
And for that, I hope they win. And I hope you can help them, too.