Great day in Newnan today. Despite the length and some ill-advised shenanigans, it was all in all a good day.
I do want to make a few brief notes about campaign rollouts, because two specific individuals (who will not remain nameless) really need to learn a thing or two.
Rule #1: Always know your audience.
Sen. Steen Miles seems like a kind person. She’s articulate and fiery. But she should basically drop out of the race at this point, because she lost any institutional support whatsoever. Why? While touting her progressive bona fides, she mentioned that her faith has led her to believe that marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman, and then proceeded to endorse, not marriage equality, but civil unions.
There was no applause on that line, and she completely lost the room, and therefore all institutional support.
Rule #2: Prepare a damn speech.
If you’re going to run for office, or plan to run for office, or explore a run for office, and then you show up to a group where you might possibly have the opportunity to speak, you need to have a freaking speech ready. Sen. Connie Stokes unquestionably didn’t. I have no idea what she said. For a formal announcement, it was pretty terrible. Admittedly, she has a story to tell, and has a pretty good record to run on (though that record ended a few years ago, when she left elected office). But when a speech ends and I have no idea what was said, we have a problem. I most sincerely hope nobody recorded it, because it just did not have the coherence necessary for someone’s public premier, much less one for Governor.
I will end on a positive note. The first time I heard Dr. Rad speak, he could have used Rule #2. His speech was long, and too much time was spent discussing the minutae of issues nobody cared about. But today, I heard a much different speech. It was short, and left a good impression. Frankly, I feel bad for the guy, because he’s going to lose to Michelle Nunn, but I do like him. He’s nice, well-spoken, and frankly should be in elected office. I wish he’d run for Insurance Commissioner, because we need someone good in that race, and a doctor is just what…the…doctor…ordered. I didn’t think that sentence out well.