Tuesday, July 12, 2011
My first campaign made me an organizer.
Every day, through a hot Florida summer, I knocked on doors and asked my neighbors for their support. I had five opponents in that primary, but on Election Day, I beat every single one of them -- with 53 percent of the vote.
Since that race, I've known exactly how important organizing can be. It taught me the principles I hope to bring to the Democratic Party as its Chair.
On my first day in this job, I recorded a short video to talk about my plans for our party. Watch it, then pledge to volunteer and help elect President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket in 2012.
Check out the video, then sign up to volunteer.
We have big fights ahead, and I want to win them. In order to re-elect the President and win new majorities in Congress, we have to lay the groundwork for those victories now. That means getting started with good, old-fashioned organizing. That's the message I've taken with me to supporters in the 15 states I've already visited as Chair.
But it also means embracing new ideas.
When I started, Patrick Gaspard brought me some suggestions that supporters like you submitted to help us make our party better.
I read feedback from people like Bill in Michigan who asked us to expand our organizing programs and Dick in Pennsylvania who said, "The message of all the good the President has done and accomplished must be communicated at the personal level by people in each community."
I saw ideas from supporters like Kolman in Ohio and Alan in New York -- who suggested that we deploy the power of charts, graphics, and striking multimedia to help win arguments and strengthen the facts of our case.
I heard from those like Vanessa in Colorado, who asked us to focus on research and messaging to push back against smears from our opponents, and Angela in North Carolina, who said, "Arm me with facts so I can counter the misinformation my friends seem to have on the tip of their tongues."
This is exactly the kind of thinking -- smart and supporter-driven -- that I want to guide our work. That's part of why I'm so excited about this job.
Are you ready to get to work with me? Join Democrats and help organize for 2012:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee