Summer on a Campaign
Though I’ve worked on a number of political campaigns, I’ve never worked on one this far from Election Day.
In the past, I’ve been hired 2 or 3 months out-- the time when things are really beginning to heat up. It’s easy stay motivated and work long hours when there is such a sense of urgency.
But my experience on this campaign has been very different. When I began 4 months ago, we had 8 months until Election Day. At that time, 8 months seemed like an eternity. It seemed like plenty of time to mobilize volunteers and to talk to the thousands of voters we need to reach to win.
But now that half of that time is gone, I’m getting more and more anxious. I mean, we only have 4 months left!
The problem for me as an organizer is that it’s summer in Wisconsin. This is the time when people relax, go on vacation, and spend some much needed time catching up with their family and friends – which is a good thing, of course. And, honestly, I want time to do the same. So it’s difficult to convince people to spend their Friday afternoons petitioning at the County Fair, their Saturday mornings going door-to-door, and their Sunday nights making phone calls to recruit more volunteers.
But I keep telling myself that I have to make the most of every day. Because I want to know that I’m doing absolutely everything I can to help defeat the ban on November 7th.