Jeremy Hylton : weblog : 2004-10-20

Political Advocacy Call

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

We got a pre-recorded call this afternoon from Patrick Murphy, a veteran endorsing John Kerry.

We've enjoyed living in a swing state this election season. I'm originally from Pennsylvania, but lived and voted in Maryland for the last two presidential elections. Maryland is solidly democratic, so there's never been much urgency to voting. Baltimore was so overwhelmingly Democratic that all the action was in the primary. I recall one Republican candidate for mayor who explained that he was helping the local economy by forcing his opponent to spend money on advertising -- not much of a stump speech.

In early September, we want to a Kerry rally at the Allentown Fairgrounds. It was exciting to see so many people turn out for a rally. The Morning Call reported that more than 13,000 people attended. It was the biggest rally in the Lehigh Valley since Nixon campaigned here.

The phone call today was relatively uninteresting. Murphy identified himself as a veteran and former West Point instructor and said some generic things about the importance of the election before endorsing Kerry. I've already decided to vote for Kerry and I'm not going to be swayed by phone calls. I'm just hoping I get some slanderous calls from the Bush campaign -- maybe something like the smear campaign he ran against McCain in South Carolina in 2000.