Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sharing the Headlines

Winter Storm

(December 9, 2013 – Source: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images North America)

As we close out the week in DC, Congress is officially back for its 2nd session and we officially kick off Election 2014. Also, we made it through the polar vortex!

I’m getting ready for events, events, events and the schedule of bacon for brekkie and some kind of chicken for dinner. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite headlines!

So Much Love for this Remarkable Woman

It’s been 3 years since Gabby Giffords was injured in a shooting in Tucson, AZ and she celebrated her recovery in a BIG way.

New York City Council Elects First Hispanic as Speaker

Let’s welcome NYC Council Melissa Mark-Viverito as Madame Speaker.

A bridge, a Governor running for reelection and a Mayor. How about we throw in the Leader of the New Jersey Senate Democrats into the mix?

So much talk about what happened in NJ but Rachel Maddow has an alternative theory.


Campaign Season has Officially Begun!

BGM busy getting money

I hope everyone had a great holiday season! With the start of 2014, we’ve switched the “on” button for Election 2014. Every campaign season is different and as I’ve gotten older, I fondly remember some really great moments and the enthusiasm for being on the road.

These days as a consultant, I get to stay in the comforts of my home and that makes me (momentarily) forget that life in DC isn’t certainly life beyond the Beltway. I used to spend the last 6 weeks out on the road doing GOTV because I started doing professional politics in field. One of my favorite moments was when I worked in Pittsburgh as the Deputy GOTV Director. My office was located in one of the tallest buildings in downtown in a law firm. I had an office where 3 key volunteers helped me everyday to organize the GOTV activity for all of Pittsburgh. This little secluded oasis was away from the frenzy of the main headquarters office, which was always brimming with activity. At night, the space was used for phone banking so volunteers would do phone calls. The space was so chic that they used the space for surrogate phone banking so as we were getting closer to Election Day, surrogates would file in and make calls urging people to vote. So while sitting in my office on the phone dealing with what was a crisis at the time, the Pittsburgh Director walks in my office and tries to introduce me to actor, Martin Sheen aka President Bartlett of The West Wing. I’m awkwardly looking at the phone while I see mouths moving in introduction and hello’s and thanks for all that you do while trying to handle the person on the phone and saying hello to the fictional POTUS. Classic moment.

Let the fun begin! What are your favorite campaign moments?