I know it’s been a tough year for Democrats, and there are lots of good ones in the fight of their lives today (like one of my personal heroes Russ Feingold). I’ll be rooting for all of them. But, there are several candidates and a proposition on the ballot this election that really mean a lot to me personally. I’ll start with two of them and then add a few more in my next post.
I’ve been close to Attorney General Jerry Brown and Congressman Tim Holden for years. In the case of Jerry, I’ve been producing TV ads for him for almost two decades and have known him personally even longer. He is always unconventional, has always challenged the status quo and is exactly what California needs right now to fix the mess it’s in. I believe Jerry will win tonight and make history in doing so. And, believe me, it wasn’t easy – many people criticized our strategy, Whitman spent over $163 million and this isn’t a year you wanted to be a Democrat running for anything – but this team has been incredible and I am very proud to be a part of it.
Tim Holden and I became close in the 2002 election. That was the year that Karl Rove tried to increase Republican numbers by redistricting a bunch of seats. Holden was one of 5 districts where two incumbent members of congress were pitted against each other. Keep in mind this is a +6 Republican district (according to Charlie Cook’s performance #’s). I had the honor of sleeping on his couch, making his TV ads, working with his amazing campaign team, and we were the only one of the 5 Democrats to win that night. It looks like Tim is going to win this year, in spite of the Republican wave, and it’s a testament to a great strategy and the hard work of Tim and his team.
Everyone who knows me knows I care passionately about animals. My wife and I care for many of them on our farm and I am proud to work with the Humane Society. They have a ballot in Missouri (Prop B), which we worked on with them, providing them social media and internet strategy as well as advice on everything we could, and I hope we win this one for the puppies!
P.S. Check back later for a few more candidates that really mean a lot to me personally.