I’m loving this quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower that I saw recently:
Last but not least, we had a little fun this fall at CampaignHQ, including a scavenger hunt. These gals were our first two winners of the CHQ scavenger hunt t-shirts. Great job Sue and Dawn and thanks for the amazing shirts Live Now Photography in Brooklyn, Iowa. #ShopLocal
I’m doing another throwback post in honor of the original CampaignHQ headquarters being sold, this one takes place in 2002.
If you worked in Iowa Republican Politics in 2002, and didn’t quit, congratulations. You survived the worst cycle ever. Our candidates for Senate and Governor went down in flames. The infighting was fierce. And there was more than enough blame to go around.
The 2002 cycle was the first time I saw a real Kate Spade New York bag in person. I thought a bag like that might cheer me up that miserable year. Then I saw the pricetag. It would be more than a decade until I’d own one.
The high point of 2002 was meeting Mark Havlicek. He had just sold his business, and I saw in him everything I wanted to be one day. He renegotiated a contract for me where the client had been taking advantage and I was too inexperienced to call him out. If Mark gives you advice … take it.
In December 2002, I answered a newspaper help wanted ad looking for “event organizers.” I figured my big-time political experience would impress them. Turns out they wanted people to do supermarket demonstrations for Listerine Pocket Packs. But it paid $100 a day … and the lights at 700 E. Pleasant don’t just keep themselves on. So I did it.
And then, when it seemed like it couldn’t get worse, it did. A new fundraising firm started picking off my current and prospective clients one by one.
So needless to say, 2002 was not a very good year. But it’s a good thing 2002 happened.
If you’re not my friend on Facebook, you might not know that we recently sold the original HQ for Campaign Headquarters. This was our one and only office from December 1999 – July 2011.
As we got ready to say goodbye, I thought it would be fun to share some of the highs and lows of how we got here.
The first visitor to 700 E Pleasant was none other than Jeffrey Robert Boeyink. It was early December 1999. We hadn’t officially moved in yet, but he heard I’d moved out of the extra bedroom and wanted to check out the new place.
When he arrived, the phones weren’t working. We had four (yes FOUR) landline phones and instead of ringing through the central phone system, they would randomly ring in different offices. So I had to run from room to room picking up the phone, taking RSVPs for upcoming house parties.
The #CHQ bank account was opened on 2/1/1999 with a small check from our first paying client, Iowans for Tax Relief, because folks like Jeff, Steve Grubbs, and Ed Failor Jr were willing to take a chance on 24-year old me.
On the day of Jeff’s visit, I was still more than three years away from taking my first paycheck.
I’ll be posting these flashbacks the next several posts – I hope you’ll tune back in. Drop a comment if you have a fun memory of our old place.
Have you checked out my latest for Campaigns & Elections yet?
It’s about a new accelerator for startups on the right is putting $25,000 into six companies ranging from an artificial intelligence-based analytics venture to the social media platform Pundit.
“Over the next twelve weeks, these companies will go through our accelerator program consisting of workshops, market research, and mentorship while rapidly improving their products in preparation for next year’s elections,” Startup Caucus said in its announcement.
I just love this concept. While most Republican consultants aren’t complaining about a lack of business for firms on the right, entrepreneurs haven’t had access to the same programs that progressives do. This is a step in the right direction.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, you have seen the coverage of the Left’s latest attempts to undermine the results of the last presidential election.
There has been a lot said about the attacks on Pres. Trump, but I thought this recent statement by Sen. Ted Cruz said it best:
Since the day President Trump was elected, congressional Democrats have been working to find any reason under the sun to impeach the president and undo the results of the last election. First, it was Mueller, then the Mueller report found no collusion. Now it’s Ukraine. Next month, it will be something else.
Nevertheless, the facts don’t matter to congressional Democrats. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will continue to call for the president’s impeachment, and Nancy Pelosi will continue to be hounded by the far left of her caucus to halt all other legislative work to focus on attacking the president.
The leaders at the RGA are getting a dedicated public servant, tremendous conservative and hard worker in Gov. Abbott. I was thrilled to hear the news that he’s been named the 2020 RGA Chairman. The RGA will be in good hands.
Added this to my Christmas list headed for Santa at the North Pole. Isn’t this just me? Add a great blazer and cute Kate Spade handbag – can’t you just see it? You know you want to invite me to your Christmas party now.