For those of us who worked on the ground to help Larry Kissell bring in as many volunteers as possible in order to reach out to as many voters as possible, this wait to see if Larry Kissell won the DCCC's National Day of Action challenge is agonizing. Here's a bit of background on the competition and more can be found here.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had announced that it is sponsoring Mobilize for Change: A National Day of Action on July 26, 2008 -- marking 100 days until Election Day. Mobilize for Change: A National Day of Action will boost House Democratic campaigns' efforts to recruit additional volunteers to phone bank and canvass congressional districts across the country. The House campaign that has the most volunteers will win a fundraising email sent on their behalf to our 3 million person strong list.
I realize the DCCC folks are probably trying to verify the numbers, but we had volunteers walking in the rain and knocking on doors while wearing trash bags to stay dry. We had long-time volunteers and first-time volunteers coming in to call, write post cards and send out letters to the editor. Our patience is beginning to wear a bit thin.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen is sincere about helping Larry all he can. His leadership is refreshing after what we experienced in 2006. I'm not suggesting he do anything that is unfair to anybody else, but hurry and let us know who won! (Please let it be Larry!)
Running in a rural district is tough. Neighborhoods that are appropriate for canvassing are few and far between. Our teams did the best they could, though. I don't have the official totals from the campaign, but other volunteers sent me some photographs. I've posted a few for your enjoyment below.