I have been the recipient of two senate campaign outreach efforts so far this year.
The first was a knock on my door by Marshall Pattie and his team as they were canvassing my neighborhood. They asked for my opinion on current issues, articulated Marshallâ??s stance on economic and education and other questions, and asked for my vote this year. I felt valued and heard, and I happen to know that Marshall made a priority of one of my personal concerns (streamlining the adoption process in the State of Virginia to help put more kids in families) by adding it to his platform.
The second was a glossy I got in the mail from Senator Hanger. This document emphasized to me that the Senator has made a priority of â??holding down taxes and spendingâ? and proceeded to outline all the ways in which he has kept the darn liberals from spending my money: a balanced budget every time, pushing Washington to balance its books, keeping my taxes low, holding down government debt, and cutting unnecessary spending (funny, it didnâ??t mention Medicaid expansionâ?¦). Nowhere in the mailer did it stipulate what the Senator has actually done with my money, or what he would propose to actually do with it in the future.
I think the days of successfully positioning oneself as a fiscal conservative while maintaining a comfortable distance from one’s constituents are over. Marshall Pattie has my vote for Virginia Senator.