When you stop to think of it, the campaign vendors who are there to help a campaign become successful means that on Election Day, the candidate wins.
In the meantime, a lot of money is spent and in many instances, the campaign is not successful, but the vendors have their money and they go onto the next campaign….no hard feelings…..no feelings at all sometime…..
If you happen to do a random survey of campaign expense reports, for the most part these vendors are not from Connecticut, and many are not even from New England. Campaign vendors handle multiple campaigns and most often there is a template for literature, strategies on-line and off-line, speeches, press releases, etc. etc. etc.. The individuality of each candidate often gets lost, and the cookie-cutter approach is a status quo approach.
I’ve been involved assisting with election campaigns for more years than I care to count, yet that experience has become invaluable now that I am a candidate. And that experience leads me to question whether or not I want to follow standard operating procedure when contracting for campaign services.
First of all, I know that in Connecticut (and in New England), there are campaign vendors more than capable of handling the requirements of a Connecticut state senate campaign. What is fortunate in my case is that I know many of these people and I am comfortable that they know my style and approach.
The presentations that I make to the voting public are not going to be restructured or retooled into an image simply based on what the vendor insists is going to be successful. Sticking with candidate image validity that is my own is a decision that I hope that the voters in the 26th State Senate District will value and come to appreciate.
Aside from maintaining the validity of my own campaign style and approach, the economic priority is to have the money paid for campaign vendor services kept in circulation right here in Connecticut. This has far greater appeal to me than seeing checks go to Virginia, Washington D.C. or some other out-of-state vendor center.
There is no guarantee that I will find 100% of all my campaign vendor services here locally, but it is an absolute of this campaign to begin by first looking at the talent and skills that are based in Connecticut, and to contract with those vendors to help move this 26th State Senate District campaign to success on November 6th.
To me, this is just a matter of common sense. Let’s just see how it works.