As we approach November 6, and the end of a very active political season nationally, statewide and locally, I think everybody will be happy it's over.* No more commercials, mailings and phone calls. The signs will come down, and man, are there are a lot of signs in Easton and Brockton. But, before Tuesday, I have one more request.
*I'm pretty sure my wife is the happiest.
This is the third election I have been involved in. I've taken the same attitude through each. I'll explain why I'm running, what I hope to accomplish, partcipate in debates and leave it to people to decide. If the voters think I'm the better candidate, I'll win, if not, so be it. I can live with that. It seemed pretty straightforward. Of course, that's easy to say when you win, but I truly felt that way during the process.
I feel the same way about this one, which brings me back to my request.
Watch the debates.
Invest one hour in this race. If at the end of that hour, you don't believe I'll do the best job, so be it. I can live with that. But make an educated choice, not one based soley on party registration or lawn signs. My favorite commercial of this election season is the Scott Brown "Person over Party"*. I believe strongly in that. I'm pragmatic, not dogmatic, with my vote. I can't rationalize another way. It's why one of the more gratifying moments of this camapign is a Democratic endorsement.
*I wish he'd done it sooner, frankly.
Either way, get out and vote on Tuesday and thanks for taking the time. I hope I earn your vote.