“Democracy makes me tired…”

Posted by Nate in Landscaping, Politics.
Saturday, April 1st, 2006 at 5:36 pm

Whew. What a day – Karen and I went as delegates to the DFL SD62 convention, and man, are we tired. We went to our precinct caucus back on March 7th without a real clear understanding of the process, who we got to endorse, etc., and as you’ll know if you read this blog the last month has been über hectic for both of us: we were barely able to find the time to properly research the state senate candidates, let alone make a decision. We’d been tipped off early on to keep an eye out for Matt Gladue, but this Alex kid was running a really high-energy campaign, and what about Scott and Tina and … Who to endorse?

Finally last week we went to a house party for Matt hosted by one of our neighbors, just a few of us and him, and it was one of those incredibly awesome moments of really connecting with a candidate. He was articulate, passionate, intelligent, and listened to what we were asking and saying. His answers were honest and didn’t smack of being tailored to what he thought we wanted to hear – and he had concrete plans! He had experience! In short, it was the kind of meeting I wish I had been in two months earlier so I could have devoted more time and energy to the campaign: here was the candidate I had been looking for. We went home, contributed, and emailed Matt and his campaign manager to get involved. So today at the convention we were two of the people running around in Matt Gladue T-Shirts handing out stickers, polling our precinct, and most important/difficult of all – trying to convince the undecided delegates to vote for our boy.

I’ll spare you the blow by blow – you can read the link above for the rules on the convention endorsement procedure, but the end of the story is that Matt came in a very strong second place after 4 rounds of voting and out of 8 candidates – but he did it with such class, dignity, and eloquence that he raised the bar — even in losing — for the winner. I feel incredibly happy to have been a part of his campaign, even for a few short days.

Here’s a picture (blurry, sorry) of him on stage with the endorsement winner – Patricia Torres Ray. She immigrated to Minnesota from Columbia (I think) 19 years ago and will make an excellent state senator, so our district is still a winner.

In other politics, we got to hear 1 minute stump speeches from the 8 thousand people running for US Congress and US Senate in our district, as well as state Governor – and I have to say that Becky Lourey was a big, big hit. We started to do the whole process of sub-caucusing to help her get delegates at the state convention, but Karen and I had been fighting headaches all day and couldn’t deal – plus Bruno was about due to explode if he didn’t get his evening walk… So we had to leave. But it looked like she had good support, and hopefully she’ll get some good delegates from our district.

Finally, our bulbs are starting to come up!! Spring is coming, the days are getting longer, and there are still good people out there running for office…

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6 Responses to ““Democracy makes me tired…””

  1. Rick Says:

    N and K – hurray for the two of you. It gives me hope to read of your actions and that there are good people running. This country REALLY needs some better leaders. And hurray for spring! I was in North Dakota last week, and the lakes were still mostly frozen, but in the open water were hundreds of ducks already moving north. I love this time of year!

  2. m Says:

    What a great post! (Is that the right way to say that?!!) It made me smile. Despite your all-day headaches you guys did good stuff and I’m proud of you!

    And don’t you just love it when the bulbs start to come up? Every February (we are a bit south of you) I go out and hunt for bulbs popping up. Our crocuses are blooming. That’s all we’ve gotten so far….

  3. Paul Says:

    Awsome comments on Matt.

  4. nator Says:

    Good writeup of the convention at the Minneapolis Observer. Also some more love for Matt here.

  5. Matt Says:

    It was such a great gift to have you guys as part of our team! Thanks for all that you did, and all you’ll continue to do. See you both soon. Take care. (I love these Internets!)

  6. cleversponge Says:

    Good recap. After the 1st ballot the writing was on the wall for everyone in the room. It was just a matter of whether or not Alex or Matt would get voted off the island first and who they would throw their delegates behind. I was personally hoping that Alex would go for Matt, but I guess it didn’t work out that way.