Below is the story of why I+óGé¼Gäóm working for Andy.
I first met Andrew Hurst while working on the 2005 campaign of Delegate Marsden (41st District). In mid-August 2005 I received a message at Marsden Campaign Headquarters from some guy named Andrew Hurst who said he was running for Congress and wanted to come knock on doors for us. Being new in politics, but not born yesterday, I was a little skeptical at first, wondering what he would ask in return. I assumed he would, at the minimum, ask for my volunteer database at the end of the campaign.
But Andy didn+óGé¼Gäót want anything back; he simply wanted to help out Democrats all over Northern Virginia. Team Hurst ended up adopting one of our precincts and showing up with 5-6 volunteers (in addition to Andy) every weekend from Mid August 2005 through the end of the campaign (Nov 2005 when we started to take Virginia back with new Democratic Delegate Victories as well as Tim Kaine winning the Governor+óGé¼Gäós race)
Andy is a great guy and I had a full time job during the summer and am back at school now (GO MASON), so why was I still helping out Andy unpaid? I+óGé¼Gäóll tell you why, not only is he a great guy, but a fantastic candidate and a great Democrat. Andy is actually running because of the corruption he sees in Tom Davis, not because he wants power or influence. In fact, Andy is refusing to take PAC money, and despite that has already raised over FOUR times what the 2004 nominee raised through election day.
Everyone who has met Andy has become a supporter. In a recent poll, Andy was in a dead-heat at 47%-47% amongst informed voters. That+óGé¼Gäós just exciting. (see video below to see Andy at a recent rally to feel his energy). As I+óGé¼Gäóve blogged about before, my girlfriend was actually a Republican until she met Andy (I dragged her along to a fundraiser), since then she voted for Hurst and Webb in the primary (first ever primary vote), has volunteered and even contributed financially to the campaign.
Even the Washington Post has recognized the energy that Andy is bringing to the region in the article Now, a Word About the Invigorated 11th District Democrats.
If you were not aware Andy Hurst and the Jim Webb campaigns have merged in the 11th District to allow the Webb campaign to focus on Southern Virginia. So now that the Hurst campaign is doing the field and voter contact work for Webb, it is more essential then ever to help out our Democratic ticket.
There are three things you can do to help out Andy win this race.
1. Sign up to receive E-mail Updates from the campaign. We send out a once a week e-mail letting you know the exciting stuff going on. (psstt. There is not volunteer info in these e-mails, if you want to get more active see #2)
2. Sign up to VOLUNTEER for the campaign. If you hadn+óGé¼Gäót noticed, this is a people powered campaign. Every body at the campaign would rather have a new volunteer then a $100 check, even 2 hours a week is a huge help if you have the time.
3. If you are not able to VOLUNTEER, you can always CONTRIBUTE financially to the campaign. As mentioned above, we are essentially running two campaigns now and need all the help we can get.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you have any suggestions on what we can do here at Hurst Cave, or just want to say +óGé¼+ôHello+óGé¼-¥, use the comments or e-mail me.
PS: Be shure to check out the great idea Bloggers for Field that some VA Bloggers are writting about.
Nate de la Piedra is the Online Outreach Coordinator for the Andrew Hurst for Congress 2006 Campaign. The ideas expressed herein belong to Nate de la Piedra and do not necessarily represent those of Andrew Hurst, his advisors, staff, or "The Campaign".
We're still setting up my campaign e-mail, so just use my Yahoo.
But as a friend told me then, and I say to you know, "at least you know your getting to them when they start attacking you"