The other day I was asked the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” It was one of those questions that I had heard before, but didn’t have the answer right there on the tip of my tongue. Asking for the answer, my friend replied, “one bite at a time.” I immediately thought about my campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. I am running a grass roots campaign with a limited budget which will consist of a lot (and I mean A LOT) of door knocking, small gatherings, and connecting with the less active voter.
Every time I look at the big picture, like anyone, I can get a little overwhelmed. Yet, when I take a step back and look at each step, I see that the goal is attainable. I see that the “elephant” can be eaten.
The other night I read a tweet that said one of my opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives brought in over $250,000 in a fundraiser event. Wow! That was a very impressive feat, but I had to remind myself of an important fact in political campaigning. There will be ups and there will be downs, but the final decision is up to the voters and not the fundraisers.
What is interesting about my friend’s question is that the Republican Party is represented as an elephant. And as the political outsider in this primary election that is exactly who I’m facing – Republican “Elephants” with giant war chests. And the great part about eating these elephants? They probably won’t even notice the first several bites. And by the time they do notice, I expect it will be too late.
So as I continue to build my campaign to represent Indiana’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will satiate my enormous appetite with elephant, one bite at a time.
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