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The Battle for America 2010: Winning Over Eccentrics One at a Time in TX 25

Why a working mom thinks she can beat career politician Lloyd Doggett in such a heavily blue district.

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Donna Campbell

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August 26, 2010 - 12:01 am
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Like you, I have struggled through this recession while Mr. Doggett lives a life of luxury inside the ruling class bubble. He got a pay raise while the rest of us have been tightening our belts to make ends meet. I’ve pounded the pavement looking to get the best daycare for my four-year-old daughter, I’ve shopped for bargains in the grocery aisle so I can meet the family budget, and I’ve fought bureaucratic red tape to keep a business growing. Nancy Pelosi and Lloyd Doggett are far too removed from our ordinary world to understand the frustration we feel every day as a result of their economic policies.

Austin may be liberal, but there’s a rugged and eccentric individualism that keeps folks open-minded. Sometimes too open-minded, as you’ll get when certain celebrity actors decide to play their bongo drums naked. But nonetheless, these hippies, yuppies, cowboys, techies, bohemians, entrepreneurs, artists, college students, and famous cyclists are not conformists. I think too highly of the residents of our Live Music Capital of the World to expect them to keep electing the same out-of-touch career politician over and over and over again.

And while I may not be able to win every heart in this melting pot of eccentricity, if I can keep it close in Travis County and win the rest of District 25, I’ll get the opportunity to represent these one-on-a-kind citizens, and to stick it to the political class enriching themselves on the backs of the taxpayer. If electing a doctor, mom, and ordinary citizen running for her first political office isn’t keeping Austin weird, I guess I don’t know what is.

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The author is a candidate for the House of Representatives in the 25th Congressional district of Texas.
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