This is why our campaign is getting noticed.
Running for office is a unique experience. Political strategists, party insiders and media pundits all like to tell you how they think you can win. I listen to them, but I also know to listen to my gut.
My gut says that people are ready for big changes. Running to the middle and being Republican-lite because we are afraid of criticism won't do it anymore. Here is why national organizations are listening and getting behind our campaign.
✔️ I have a record of service going back decades. What you do when you aren't running for office matters. Helping people has been my life.
✔️ I'm not afraid of speaking up and telling hard truths. The people of the 7th District will hear that Billy Long is a politician who doesn't represent their interests. He hasn't bothered to show up for town halls or debates since he got elected, but he shows up plenty of places for campaign fundraisers.
✔️ I will speak openly about a progressive agenda for major change. I want to talk about issues like healthcare for all, raises to the minimum wage, women's rights, reinvesting in our public schools, tackling student loan debt and standing up to a corrupt system.
✔️🐎Finally, the inside horse race aspect. I've run for office before as a Democrat in southwest Missouri and I know what I'm up against. I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think getting rid of Billy Long was possible.
Here is what I really need from people.
Billy Long will out raise and out spend every person who runs against him. But did you know that only 1% of those donations has come from small donors! LET ME REPEAT THAT- ONLY 1% of Billy Long's donation comes from people giving $200 or less. We know Long has the support of corporations, like pharmaceutical companies, and PAC's, but does he have the support of the people?
I don't think he does and that is going to make the biggest difference. Underdog candidates have already proven this year that they can win being outspent 10 to 1. We are going door-to-door, making thousands of telephone calls and being funded by small donors.
We are building momentum and drawing attention to this race. That's why I've gotten the endorsement of Justice Democrats and was able to talk to potentially millions of people last night with my appearance on The Young Turks.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work to get us to this point, but we have a long ways to go. Vote, Volunteer, Donate! Now is not the time to despair over the state of our nation, we have to mobilize.