No, John Edwards is not raising money to stop poverty by performing marriage ceremonies, but he did influence me, and his advice directly led to me meeting my wife.
At his homecoming rally in December of 2006 John Edwards told us -
"don't wait for the next president to be elected to do something, get involved now"
So I got involved. I organized for Edwards in Colorado and started making connections with people and later, when he asked us, I went to protest Bush's vetoed war funding bill on May 2nd 2006 at our state capitol in Colorado. As luck (or fate) would have it, I ran into someone (the Coach) who I had spoken to once, a year earlier, who offered me my own radio show slot in the Denver market. (with zero experience)
And as luck (or fate) would have it, I had heard John and Elizabeth Edwards talk about the importance of Unions as the backbone of the middle class, so I started reaching out to local unions and union supporters...
(keep reading, I swear there is a wedding in here)
Last summer, one of my radio show's first guests was former SEIU union Steward and now state house representative of a red district, Sara Gagliardi. She thought it would be a good idea to have here local SEIU political organizer with her for support - Sarah Custer.
I am glad she did, because as luck (or fate) would have it, I got to go out with Sarah Custer about a month later.
On that first date, I found out we had a lot in common. She was very much a progressive, a former film student who had worked a few stints in Hollywood and even though she liked some of the work (like writing on the last Star Trek series :), she felt like she needed to get out of that scene and do more to help and do something 'real'.
I could relate, as someone who left corporate work to go back to Divinity School to try to find meaning in life.
As Forest Gump would say, we were like peas and carrots.
(Is there a Freudian slip in this video?)
After 5 short months I proposed, which was tough, because I had been laid off from my job in the mental health field due to Medicaid cuts. But I guess you could say, love would not wait.
This is the video of our engagement - and here is the set up - we went to Mexico with her mom and her cousin to celebrate her cousin's wedding anniversary, and everyone on that trip knew I was going to ask Sarah to marry me. She had signed the Happy Anniversary card that day, only to have me slip a wedding announcement in the card later on, so that when she read their card, she found out I was going to ask her to marry me.
This is at the 'El Set' restaurant in Puerta Vallarta - scene of the 'Night of the Iguana' (it is a little dark)
(she attributed most of her hangover the next day to the amount of dehydration from the multiple cry fests)
So after meeting in July, going out in August, we got married on the beautiful NC coast Fourth of July weekend.
Well, in the words of my cousin, I think I really did 'outkick my coverage' on this one.
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend. And thanks to John and Elizabeth Edwards for telling us to do something and to get involved, I am glad you did, because it has paid off in ways that I could not have imagined. And, we have not stopped with just getting married - we are just getting started - like with this non-profit, PRAER, (the Program to Relocate and Assist Environmental Refugees)
If you would like to hear more about that, go to the link and watch the Greenpeace video.