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How to Lose an Election... and Still Be a Winner!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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During my recent campaign for state representative, I really only held one large-scale fundraiser. It was relatively successful, netting about $8,000 that evening and another $2,000 in pledges.

However, several months later I was told that a few of the attendees were a little disappointed with my remarks that evening.

"How so", I asked?

"Well", my confidant replied, "you talked mostly about your core beliefs instead of telling us what you were going to do for us."

And that, my friends, is apparently one of the big reasons why I lost the election. But do you know what? If given the opportunity, I would do the same thing all over again!

So, does that qualify me for Einstein's famous definition of insanity? You know, the one that defines pure craziness as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.

Hardly... because I wouldn't expect different results.

You see, I would rather talk about my core beliefs than make a series of impossible-to-keep promises because they give my audience - in this case, perspective voters - a better idea about what makes me tick.

As I shared numerous times on the campaign trail, today's headlines are tomorrow's back page stories. In other words, issues come and go, but core beliefs don't... or at least they shouldn't.

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  1. Jim Spina Jim Spina Amen brother! Friday, October 28, 2016