Labor Day is Upon Us!
Like me, I'll bet you can't wait for football season (and hopefully, cooler weather). September in Alabama is a great month. With September we get the celebration of Labor Day (September 6th) where we commemorate and honor the men and women who make up our work force--the real backbone of our economy. Labor Day signifies the end of summer vacations and unofficially kicks off campaign season. It brings barbeques, outdoor fun and lots of political speeches. I can't tell you how many Labor Day functions I have been to over the years where I ate great barbeque or catfish and listened to some stem-winding speeches where politicians promised the voters everything under the sun.
When you run for office, one of the most challenging things you have to do is ask people for money. My staff reminds me of the daily commitment to make calls to contributors. It is true that well-funded campaigns can make the difference between winning and losing. Our campaign has been focusing on raising money these last few weeks, and I am glad to report that we are experiencing success beyond our expectations, but by no means are we where we need to be. I remind people all the time that I am running against an entrenched incumbent whose last name is synonymous with the good ol' boy Democrat network in Alabama. And he's scurrying around Montgomery trying to convince every special interest group--liberal and conservative--why he needs their financial support. My folks tell me he's nervous because I lead in three separate polls, including one conducted by his own campaign.
Making the Rounds
Since our last edition of Trail Notes, we've been burning up the asphalt in Alabama! I have spoken to the Community Bankers Association; several Alabama Farmers Federation county groups; Huntsville's Twickenham Republican Women; Red Mountain Republican Club; Birmingham Salesman Club; Winston County GOP; Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Conference; Tallapoosa River Electric Co-Op annual meeting; Alabama GOP's "Win in 2010" luncheon (an overflow, enthusiastic crowd).
This week I have a speaking engagement before the Alabama County Commission Association.
Kudos for the 2010 Republican Handshake with Alabama
Mike Hubbard, Chair of the Republican Caucus in the Alabama House of Representatives and Jabo Waggoner, Chairman of the Republican Caucus in the Alabama Senate, came up with a brilliant tactic to use for the Fall election. They crafted a document known as the 2010 Republican Handshake with Alabama, which will be the legislative agenda for our Party should we take over control of either or both Chambers. It focuses on job creation, enacting tougher immigration laws, improving ethics, controlling state spending, and keeping the federal government from further infringing on issues traditionally governed by the states. I enthusiastically signed on, and I will promote the Handshake at every stop I make on the campaign trail.
Food for Thought - Right v. Left
I have often wondered why it is that the conservatives are called the "right," and the liberals are called the "left." By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:
Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV):
The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart of the fool to the left."
IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE NOW!
Tell a friend about Kay Ivey for Lieutenant Governor, and ask them to tell five friends. Campaigns are about people, and we need your help.
In order for us to be properly prepared for the remaining 10 weeks, I am asking for your financial contribution to my campaign! Together we can win this race, and we will win this race because the Ivey Campaign is about people, not Montgomery power brokers. I am their worst nightmare because I am always mindful that the people are in charge. Government is the servant, and the people are its master!
We'll see you in a couple of weeks.
Until then I remain,
Always on your side,