I had the pleasure of being invited to Congressman Paul Tonko’s campaign kickoff that was held today. As I have said in previous posts, we must support the good politicians in government and replace the ones that are not. Even if you think a good candidate is a shoe-in, you must promote and support them. Take nothing for granted. I have seen excellent candidates lose to their opponents who could barely tie their shoes. I’m serious.
I have known Paul on a political level for several years and feel that he has performed admirably. While he is not in my district by only a few miles, he does represent my constituents and we need as many good representatives as possible. The conversation I had with the Congressman reaffirmed that he is working hard for all of us and that he is keenly aware of what is happening in Washington and in his district.
I had a wonderful day talking with Paul’s supporters and they were very accepting of a political outsider running for President (me). It has been some time since I walked in the political world and it was great to be back. I truly enjoy discussing current topics with people and find it instrumental to learning what is on people’s minds.
I also had the pleasure of conversing with our former Congressman, Michael R. McNulty. He is enjoying his retirement and spending a lot of time with his grandchildren. It was wonderful to see him come out and still put his time in to help the people in his district. That is a sign of true dedication and appreciation for the support he received while in office.
When I departed, I told Congressman Tonko that I would look forward to working with him as the President. He said he would enjoy that as well. While I would not take that as an endorsement, because the presidential election is three years away and much can change within that time, it was heartening to see his enthusiasm to work with a new (and relatively unknown) representative of our country in the oval office.
The 2018 elections are coming, so either run for office or find candidates that are worthy of your support. The good ones do listen to you and work hard. The dead-beats only run for selfish reasons. Do not be afraid of supporting the good ones and get involved. It is YOUR community.