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I'm constantly amazed...

by Pat S / February 24, 2004 6:23 AM PST

at the wealth of knowledge displayed here in Speakeasy. There is virtually no topic of discussion that doesn't garner numerous intelligent and enlightening responses. I particularly enjoy hearing the viewpoints of our off-shore friends. Having traveled most of the US and a little of Canada and Mexico my experiences are colored towards the point of view of this country. It is educational to get a different perspective of things. There is no real point to this post other than to say I'm glad to have stumbled upon this forum. I would ask a question though - have any of the political activists here ever considered running for office? Or are there any elected officials lurking or posting here?

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.......considered running..........?.....
by Del McMullen / February 24, 2004 6:48 AM PST

...and not have the keyboard and monitor to hide behind ?

What a freightening thought. Silly

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Hi Del
by Pat S / February 24, 2004 6:54 AM PST

Good point. Anonymity has it's benefits. I actually took out papers to run for Governor against Arnold. Mom would have been so proud to tell her friends that her son was a candidate. I decided not to run when Gary Coleman threw his hat in the ring Happy

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Re:I'm constantly amazed...
by Angeline Booher / February 24, 2004 7:21 AM PST

Hi, Patrick,

We had a member who joined when he was about 11 years old, and is now in college. (He still stops by every once in a while.)

I think others would agree with me that he would be successful in any field he chose, including politics. In addition to being quite bright, he had the ability to discuss without riling folks.

I don't know of anyone here who is an elected official.

My Dad ran for office twice, but did not win. Thus I have a lot of respect for those who plunge into the fray.

I enjoy reading the editorials in foreign newspapers. You are correct - it is interesting, and enlightening, to see ourselves as others see us.

Glad you enjoy the forum. We are pleased to have you here, as well.

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Yes, I did...
by Bo Boggs / February 24, 2004 7:24 AM PST

I ran for City Council in Plano in 1976. Missed the runoff by 51 votes. Plano at that time had about 70,000 people.

Another candidate and I (Tom Long whose name I have invoked here before. He was best man when Sandra and I got married in '87.) decided that we could have more effect by working on campaigns than by running. Between then and 84, we worked on campaigns for county commissioner, county judge, constable, state representative and state senator. We never participated in a losing campaign. The constable and the state senator we worked for are both still in office.

I have also had several one on one conversations with Sam Johnson, our congressional representative.


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(NT) I'd run from public office, not for, shudder, don't know how anyone likes it.
by Roger NC / February 24, 2004 7:44 AM PST


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Ah lack to thunk...
by James Denison / February 24, 2004 1:27 PM PST

...we are all too smart for that. Life should be worth living. Wink

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