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Guest Editorial: A Grassroots Call to Action

donnaThe race for US Senate between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist is what it is all about to a political junkie like me. I have been interested in politics all my life, though my political interest at an early age was not a reflection of my parents’. It was more likely a reflection of my favorite subjects in school, history and civics.

I was thrilled when I registered to vote at age 21 and over the years I have taken my responsibility as a member of the American electorate very seriously. In grassroots circles I am what is known as a “super voter.” The kind of voter that all candidates seek to reach because I always go to the polls.

More than once while knocking on doors for my candidates, I have had folks tell me they always go to the polls. I smile knowingly and tell them that is why I am at their door. Though these super voters will often thank me for my efforts, I must say there is nothing in grassroots that is more satisfying and gives me a greater sense that I am making a difference for my candidate and my country than walking door to door.

That’s why the race for US Senate between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist is what it is all about to a political junkie like me. To me there is nothing more exciting and motivating than a candidate for which I am passionate, in a race for which I am passionate. Not since 2004 has an election held this level of excitement to me. Until now.

At church recently a friend who is a long time Republican spoke to me about his frustration with the Republican Party and the leadership’s support of moderate candidates. I said I have 2 words for you, Marco Rubio. I told him Rubio has ignited the passions of the grassroots across the state of Florida because he speaks of conservatism without apology. Rubio is not only a true conservative; he is charismatic, articulate and Hispanic. He is one of many faces needed for the future of our Party. He believes in a balanced budget and tax reform. He understands that it is the hard work of the American people, not the government that creates wealth. My friend walked away with a smile and said “I will spread the word.”

That conversation is why I believe this US Senate race is truly for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, and why I believe many super voters will have the same epiphany that I had in 2004 and realize now is the time for them to take that next step from super voter to grassroots volunteer. If not now, then when?

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  1. WELL SAID DONNA! GOV.CRIST CAN RAISE ALL THE MONEY HE WANTS! THE FACT IS THAT US REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN GOV.CRIST ENDORSING OBAMA AND HIS FAILED STIMULUS PACKAGE ON TV WITH A BUNCH OF DEMOCRATES CHEERING THEM ON! YET ALONE ALL THE OTHER LIBERAL THINGS CRIST HAS DONE! CRIST CAN NOT BE TRUSTED! MARCO RUBIO IS A TRUE CONSERVATIE AND IS THE ONLY GUY THAT CAN BEAT LIBERAL CRIST! GO TO http://WWW.MARCORUBIO.COM AND DONATE CRIST OUT!!! RUBIO 2010!!

  2. I wholeheartedly agree. I'm a young person-part of the category of people not generally known for political awareness or voting day activity-but I do not fit that stereotypical norm. I remember being supremely disappointed when I realized that my 18th birthday fell about a month two late for registration in time for the 2008 election but by the time that election rolled around I really wasn't that interested in any of the national candidates anyway and my favorite local guys all won. This 2010 election cycle however is quite different due to this very Senate race and (almost more importantly) it's primary! One of Marco's qualities/gifts not mentioned in the article is his youth (38!) and his ability to connect with younger voters, which I think will be one of his greatest assets along with his affective use of technology (compare his and Charlie's facebook groups and their is no comparison). This will definitely be a race to watch and I thank you for this article and hope to see more like it.

    PS: Though Crist has the support of DC Technocrats and bu-ku special interest monies, out-of-staters and dollars don't vote. People do, and Rubio's got people.

  3. I have been following Marco Rubio on Facebook and am most impressed. I have been and will continue to promote him at every opportunity. I live in Texas and my Senator Cornyn, head of the Senatorial committee that disburses campaign money, gave Crist some funds. I have e-mailed Cornyn to say I am disapointed and thought it was a wrong move. Good luck to Marco Rubio.

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