Old school Democratic politicos are stuck in antiquated ways of thinking that are not helpful and can be discouraging to new candidates. I felt dismissed and disrespected by many male political pillars as have many other female candidates. Here are some of the “pearls of wisdom” told to candidates.
You will need to raise at least $250,000 and delay your declaring to raise as much money as possible before filing otherwise you won't be taken seriously by the state party. [Why? This is a state race, and the state party will not support me financially anyway. That's a ton of money for a state house race. Makes no sense.]
Don't put Democrat on your campaign materials.
Don't tell anyone you are running yet.
Don't say you are a Democrat.
Why don't you switch parties? We will pay for you to switch.
You need to send 5 rounds of mail to your field universe and 3 rounds to your mail universe of 5,000. [Wow! At about $1.00 a mail piece!?]
You need to call for donations 2-3 hours a day at least 3 days a week and knock on 87 doors a day, 5 days a week. [Seriously? I still need to work to pay the bills.]
Don't use outside postcard groups because if a voter is on the fence and sees a postcard postmarked from out of state they may vote for your competitor. [Good riddance]
Don't bother canvassing to that neighborhood because they don't vote. [Cindy won that neighborhood 134 to 0.]
One candidate was told by her state party that if she didn’t raise $25k immediately they would recruit a candidate because she had not “paid her dues in the party.”
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