The 3 Worst Pieces of Advice You'll Get When You Decide to Run
A lot of people will want to give you their two cents when they find out you're running for office, even if they have no idea what they're talking about.
Here are the worst pieces of advice you might receive:
1. "Hire me as your campaign manager." It's amazing how often this happens: the friend of a candidate thinks he/she has what it takes to be a Campaign Manager, based on the depictions of Campaign Managers on TV. Unless that person is a seasoned political professional, do not hire them, especially not for a high-level role. Put someone with experience in charge. They should make the hiring recommendations from there.
2. "Do the things that Obama/Bernie/Trump did." Presidential races are not like races for other offices. The news media are consumed by presidential campaigns but rarely cover races for Congress or the State Legislature. Even the most competitive campaigns will not allow you to change the broader narrative of our politics, unless you're running for president. Use successful tactics from races for Governor, Congress, or local office in your area instead.
3. "Don't worry about the campaign yet, you have plenty of time." A campaign is the worst thing to procrastinate. It's not college, you won't get an extension. Time is the only resource a campaign has that is finite and declining. Fundraising will take up most of your time when you run for office, so it's best to do it now so later you can spend more time talking to voters.
What other terrible advice have you heard a candidate get? Let us know!
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What We're Reading
This week Eric is recommending Rick Ridder's memoirs: Looking for Votes in All the Wrong Places: Tales and Rules from the Campaign Trail.
"It is a privilege to count Rick as a colleague. He is one of the true pros in this business. Rick's book was great fun to read, and I found myself wishing it was twice as long. I strongly recommend it to others - especially those who work in politics, as there is a story on nearly every page you will relate to."
This Pride Month
This Pride Month, we remember the incredible progress we have made on LGBTQ rights in the United States. However, we must also remember that in much of the world this progress is far from realized. In Chechnya in particular, a genocide is currently being carried out against gay men.
Please consider a donation to the Rainbow Railroad today, to help LGBTQ individuals, including those in Chechnya, escape violent persecution.
- Eric and Dave