Written by Morgan.
The Seattle Times published an article in this morning’s paper about the challenge McDermott faces this year; Andrew is the first viable candidate the long-term congressman has ever faced. While the article itself had no clear bias for or against Andrew, the article quoted a UW Political Science professor who said that Andrew has “no chance” at all at defeating McDermott, and all of this is just a stunt and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Well, I beg to differ.
The article went on in detail to explain how this is the first election in which McDermott has released TV ads since first running for his seat 24 years ago. If there isn’t a real threat, why waste the money?
The fact is, whether you want to believe it or not, McDermott is scared. He now realizes that voters in the 7th are tired of him, and since they are being given a second, realistic Democrat to vote for, his seat is in jeopardy for the first time in his career.
If we at the Andrew Hughes campaign have anything to say about it, this will be the last time he even has a seat to defend. McDermott is outdated and out of touch, and the voters of the 7th are expressing their relief at having another option (since it is near impossible for a Republican to ever win in this 75% + democratic district). If you don’t believe me, check out the article and read the comments. You will see that people all over the district, coming from liberal to conservative backgrounds agree that we need a change in this district.
The change is now.
Written by Morgan
After having spent three months working with Andrew Hughes on his campaign, I feel confident in saying that I know him as a person and what he will be like as our congressman.
The first surprise came during the first week of the campaign when Andrew was in the office phone banking with us then went door-belling that weekend. I knew this was part of campaigning, but had never heard of a candidate who was so involved in the day-to-day goings-on of the campaign.
Andrew showed us from day one that he knows what he is talking about when it comes to politics and most importantly he is passionate about it.
What makes Andrew different is that he wants to instill hope in the people of this district and actually make progress, as opposed to the “autopilot” this district has seen over the last 24 years.
You could go with the “safe” choice when voting, or you can go with the smart choice and vote in a new representative who will bring a fresh outlook to the position and really get to work on the things that are important to us, things that have been problems over the last few years but have been neglected to be addressed.
Written by Philip
Out canvassing or phone banking there are always a few people who ask “don’t
we want McDermott’s seniority?” Ordinarily this is a powerful reason for keeping
an incumbent, so I wanted to write a detailed response.
Seniority matters. It matters when you have leadership on committees and can get others to follow you when it really matters. That’s why, when I think of reasons to elect Andrew to Congress, I can’t help but see that McDermott for all his seniority lacks the leadership qualities (either formal or informal) required to gain support for progressive policies. Andrew won’t have seniority right away, but he desires to become a leader and that will translate into a more effective representative for the 7th district. THAT is a political strategy.
There is another reason to elect Andrew. Another political strategy. If we want Washington State (and Seattle) to have a larger voice we need to send people to Congress who can move on to important positions in government. We need to elect future ambassadors, heads of the EPA, FDA, CDC. We need turnover more than once every 24 years. We need to send talented people to Congress more often so we can have a larger progressive voice.
Written by Tina
You know what would be great?
If for the next couple years, Congress would stay exactly the same, keeping the
same politically entrenched representatives continuing to contribute this
country’s downhill spiral. OH WAIT. I must be getting “great” and “nightmare”
Obviously. Congress needs a house cleaning, to trade in those dusty old
curtains which are so 24 years ago, for something more fresh and vibrant. That is where Andrew comes in.
Andrew Hughes deserves my vote because unlike the 7th’s incumbent Jim McDermott, Hughes wants to focus on new issues and solutions instead of wasting time rehashing the same arguments without hope of compromise or progress. Our tax code is a mess, people. Let’s get someone in there who has the know-how to fix it! Help Washington set an example for bringing change to D.C. and stand with me in my support of Andrew Hughes.
Written by Robbie
Andrew Hughes deserves your vote for a multitude of reasons; however, I believe what sticks out above all is how much he cares.
Sunny day canvassing
This may seem cheesy and a little cliché to voters, but I really do believe that
Andrew cares and really wants this election more than Jim McDermott. Voters can read about how Andrew cares about the issues, such as creating a more balanced tax code, stopping cuts to social security and Medicare benefits for seniors, and making college more affordable for the younger generation. What voters can’t read about is how he cares about every individual in this district, and I say that with the upmost confidence. I have seen his dedication week in and week out.
In this job Andrew
goes out of his way to make every member of our team feel important, whether it be driving someone home who doesn’t have a ride, or bringing in food for the whole team. It is his caring charisma that will make him a great leader of the seventh district, and voters should consider that when voting in the primary.
Written by Will
The title says it all. Not to twist the words of the great comedian Katt Williams, but “Our country is in turmoil, you have real leaders and career politicians, and real leaders need to take over this country.” That opening line may be corny, but Andrew does not only possess all the characteristics of a great leader, he also is a genuine person who sincerely wants to help the people in his district. As an advocate, I have traveled throughout the Puget Sound and met countless people who are more than eager and excited to elect a new representative that can provide the change we need now and in the future. One voter even allowed me to pet her precious feline friend, Mr. Whiskers.
You don’t have to take my word for it, just take a look at where Andrew stands on his issues and how he clearly and precisely explains each topic with equal importance. I mean, who else knows how to fix our broken tax code better than a tax attorney? Andrew Hughes has not only proved that he has the ability to become the 7th District’s new congressman, but also an incredibly helpful guide my transitional move to the Seattle area. Thanks to Andrew, I have traveled to neighborhoods and engaged with more people on a personal level than most, I’ve learned what issues really matter to the residents that live here.
As I have mentioned earlier, our country is in turmoil, now is the time to elect a candidate that can not only provide a better future for Seattle and the surrounding area, but somebody that can actually relate to people.
Gas Works Park on 7/4/2012
Written by Daniel
When I first met Andrew Hughes, I could tell he was very personable and someone who was very easy to talk to. I hadn’t necessarily been expecting an arrogant man, but I was still caught slightly off guard with how friendly Andrew was, and how interested he was in getting to know me on a personal level.
I soon found out that Andrew is with friendly and genuine to everyone he meets and talks to; he engages them in conversation, listens to them, and genuinely seems interested in what they have to say. This part of Andrew’s personality is very important for a member of US Congress to have because it allows him to truly understand his constituents and how they want to be represented. A candidate who doesn’t know how to really listen and engage people in conversation would really struggle to understand what was expected of them in terms of representing the district.