10

Dear mother can you hear me laughing? It’s been six whole months since I have left your home. It makes me wonder why I’m still here. For some strange reason it’s now feeling like my home. And I’m never gonna go.

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Ten days. Tonight’s candidate of the night is Claudette Williams. Claudette is an immigrant from Jamaica, a former Sargeant Major in the Army, Mt. Pocono Councilwoman, and mother. She’s running in PA’s 176th House district, nestled in Northeast PA’s Monroe County. It’s a 51% Democratic district that Barack Obama won, but Hillary Clinton did not.

This is the kind of seat we need to win. Claudette is the kind of candidate that we need to elect. Volunteer here. Donate here.

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So I fell asleep last night with the Red Sox set to go up 3-0. Then Ian Kinsler threw a ball away and it’s the Red Sox who need to win game four.

I don’t really love either team. In fact I hope both lose. But they can’t. So let’s hope that the series stays at least competitive.

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GOTV stories from the past- tonight’s story from campaigns past is NJDSC 2012- the coordinated campaign for Bob Menendez. I had Central Jersey for the Menendez Campaign, covering Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, and Somerset Counties, covering the Congressional districts of Frank Pallone and Rush Holt. We won by a large margin, the largest since Bill Bradley in 1984. That’s not the main story though.

The main part of that story that is memorable was the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I never saw destruction like that. Long Branch looked like a bomb dropped there. Our get out the vote plan was wiped out by the unprecedented damage.

The remarkable part was the recovery. We found hundreds, even thousands of paid canvassers on the campus of Rutgers, union canvassers, and even local activists. We sent buses all over the state, turning out voters just days after a catastrophe. The good old days.

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Tonight’s five GOTV songs:

  1. Green Day- Welcome to Paradise
  2. Stevie Wonder- Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  3. The Game, feat. Lil’ Wayne- My Life
  4. The Rolling Stones- Sympathy for the Devil
  5. Foo Fighters- Everlong

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My Senate projections at this point-

  • Current breakdown- GOP 51 Democrats 49
  • Potential Democratic pick-ups, in order of likelihood- Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi
  • Potential Republican pick-ups, in order of likelihood- North Dakota, Missouri, Florida, Indiana, Montana, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania
  • Prediction- Democrats win Nevada. Republicans win North Dakota and Missouri.
  • NEW SENATE- GOP 52 Democrats 48

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Notre Dame stayed undefeated tonight. I am quite happy. I’m unhappy they beat Navy though. I always like Navy- my grandfather was a Korean War Navy vet.

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