Monday, July 7, 2008

Running for Congress: The Last of the "Big Events"

When I started this blog, I promised to document my run for Congress as best as possible. It won't be easy to recall all of the exciting elements of the experience and I may over explain some non-sense and under explain some important items. Please leave a comment if there is a hole that needs to be plugged, questions about my story or if you met me somewhere and want to add to my story, please comment. This recap may make me look like a genius or it may prove me to be the average no one I have always insisted that I am. It might help me if I ever wanted to run for office again, or it might hurt me if I ever try to run for office again but I'll at least be as honest and open as I can remember the experience. My perspective of the story might be damaging, embarrassing, insulting or give more credit than is deserved to certain individuals or it might not be any of those things and might leave out important individuals or minimize the importance of some people. In any case, what I will write as my time permits is my experience, from my perspective, and I will preface each entry in my blog on the topic of "Running for Congress" with this same disclaimer, or a like disclaimer if I think it needs to change. Here goes...
Part 1 - Running for Congress: The Beginnings
Part 2 - Running for Congress: Getting on the Ballot
Part 3 - Getting on the Sabrin Line
Part 4 - Realization that the Sabrin line meant failure
Part 5 - The Monmouth County GOP Nominating Convention
Part 6 - Meeting the Bloggers
Part 7 - The Middlesex Convention and Meeting my Opponents
Part 8 - Learning How to Campaign
Part 9 - Steve Lonegan Becomes My New Best Friend
Part 10 - Trying to Capitalize on a FEMA/”BEMA” Meeting
Part 11 - The Last of the "Big Events"
Part 12 - The Calleia Murder Trial and the Wrong Priorities in Media
Part 13 - The Door to Door Effort, and Notable Characters
Part 14 - Primary Day, and Night
Part 15 - Random Observations During the Campaign

Aside from my girlfriend running into Mr. McLeod at an Atlantic Highlands GOP event at the same Shore Casino location as the Steve Lonegan event, I never ran into McLeod, or Peter, or attended another "big" public event.

I wasn’t in Atlantic Highlands, but from what my girlfriend tells me, McLeod made no efforts that night to shake hands with other party members (I suppose they all know him?) and wouldn’t take a flyer from my girlfriend or her 12 year old son. It seemed obvious that Bob was still doing nothing to win, just banking on that "party line" and personal relationships with party members, and I was still knocking on every door, passing out flyers everywhere and showing up anywhere that voters might have been. I must be winning at this point.

While my girlfriend was distributing flyers and talking to voters in Atlantic Highlands, I was across the state at the live, televised NJN debate. George Ajjan had called me the day before to invite my girlfriend and I as a guests. Again, banking on the chance to get some TV face time or talk to some big shots in the media, I figured that I had to be in Trenton. I also couldn’t allow for McLeod to make an appearance in Atlantic Highlands, or on NJN, without me having a presence and so my girlfriend and I split up to cover the bases since we didn’t know if he’d be at either location. I didn’t get any face time in front of the NJN cameras, none of the reporters seemed interested in talking to me, a lowly congressional candidate who didn’t have the "party line" in Pallone’s "safe" district, and there were no voters to talk to at the event. Aside from getting to see Murray talk about the issues, which he did such a great job that I was once again reminded why I liked the guy, the event was essentially a waste of my time although it was cool to be in the studio and see the event live.

I attended no other "big events" after this. If there were events, I either didn’t know about them, couldn’t get the time off of work to get there, or simply couldn’t afford to go to the event. One event I would have liked to go to was the Ron Paul fundraiser for Murray Sabrin in Newark. If nothing else, I would have liked to meet Ron Paul, thank him for his work in Congress, ask him a few random questions that would have helped me, win or lose, in addressing some local issues and tell him I was running for office here in D6 and hoped to someday work along side him.

Unfortunately, while I was campaigning for office, I had a much larger, much more important personal issue that I was dealing with, and I couldn’t attend the Ron Paul fundraiser for Murray Sabrin that Monday night, or get to the Bayshore flood meeting earlier that same night, because I was needed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor in the Holmdel Police Station, yikes.

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