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This weekend I attended the Campaign Academy in Tampa, Florida, offered by Democracy For America. It was the largest academy in their history, and an amazing experience. I learned more nuts-and-bolts political strategy and tactics in those two days than I had over my lifetime. I’ll be writing about the details later this week in Morning Feature, but if DFA offer a Campaign Academy anywhere near you, do not miss it.
I also had lunch with DFA Chair Jim Dean – the room was full except for an open seat at my table – and he shared a story about the importance of a single person. A town in Connecticut had an open election for a state legislative seat. No Democrat had filed to run, and the deadline was looming. In many states, a party can nominate a replacement if a qualified candidate withdraws after the filing deadline. So a local party member, whom Dean described as “the proverbial wild-eyed activist,” offered to file a placeholder until the party could find a viable candidate. ‘Crazy Joe’ filed, then withdrew when the party recruited a viable replacement. The replacement won … and supported a campaign public financing bill that passed by just one vote.
“Would that bill have passed without ‘Crazy Joe?'” Dean asked us. “We’ll never know. But I hear stories like that all the time from people around the country, and the I think the lesson is this: one person can make a difference.”