Hey, running for office can be an expensive proposition. Even small races may require you to purchase lawn signs, campaign mailers, and walking cards to hand to prospective voters. If you have some extra money you may want to even purchase a few campaign buttons, American flags and bumper stickers. Although I was primarily financing my race for office with my own funds, I decided I wanted to do a mailer to the prospective voters in my district. I needed to buy a donkey cart full of stamps. To do that I needed to throw a fundraiser.
|The Nutmeg Father|
|Members of the United States Congress and New Britain's mayor |
present the Polish Ambassador with a key to the city at the Belvedere.
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Besides, who was I to question a founding father? I wanted to throw a grand affair. We prepared a soundtrack of upbeat old Rat Pack songs to give it a feel of an old Kennedy era campaign party complete with American flags and white seemer convention hats with the Democratic donkey emblazoned on the rim. Guests were treated to wine, spirits, various hors d'oeuvres and a chocolate fountain that made my nephew's eyes grow wide with delight. Expecting only a few family and friends, we were inundated with a huge crowd. I was happy to see most of my fellow candidates attend, many state representatives and senators and the current and former mayor. A cordial guy, one of my opponents even showed up as well as a few members of the opposing slate. Hey, a party is a party.
All in all, we had a great time. It was also nice to get the support of the local business community and residents. As Sinatra's rendition of "Pennies from Heaven" played in the background, my treasurer collected campaign contributions with a warm smile and a thankful handshake. Although we did not require a contribution to attend, virtually everyone gave generous donations. Starting at 5 PM, the event lasted until well into the early AM. How lucky can one guy be? I did raise the funds for my mailings. If you missed the grand affair, a few of my family members made the little video tribute above for me. I hope you enjoy it.
So now comes the hard part. With the election less than a month away, I must use my remaining time to knock on as many doors as I can to try to convince voters that I am the right guy for the job and that my opponent hates children and puppies. I will also send out my mailer to the homes in my district. I thought about renting a few kids and a couple of labrador retrievers for the mailer's photo. Maybe I could borrow a bald eagle. In the end, I decided to use a more conservative picture. So if I come knocking on your door, remember. Please turn off the sprinklers and keep your dogs at bay.
Paid for by Baron for New Britain. Marie T. Baron, Treasurer.
Approved by Adrian Baron
Approved by Adrian Baron