Overflow crowds, a fresh pizza wagon, lapel stickers, and a rousing speech: That's the Real Start to any campaign, and Chris Donovan achieved all that in one under-air-conditioned suite of rooms in Downtown Meriden late Friday afternoon.
Although I am not generally a fan of speeches, Donovan always is a pleasant surprise. He combines the fervor of a street organizer with the homespun charm of an Irish American story teller.
The Theme for the Donovan campaign for 5th Congressional District seems to be: Fight for Families.
Able to recite an impressive list of legislative accomplishments, Donovan interrupts himself to tell a family story that seems both truthful and suddenly remembered. He gives credit to others (Shocking Technique! What's up with that?), speaking about alliances with the Sierra Club, the Working Families Party, Common Cause, and Love Makes a Family.
As a state rep, as speaker of the house, as a citizen, Chris Donovan insists that "Government is People" - a direct rebuttal to another politician's recent assertion that Corporations are People. I came away from this event convinced that we can actually achieve change - for the better - by working together for one another.
the people / have the power
to redeem / the work of fools
upon the meek / the graces shower
it's decreed / the people rule
Of course you can donate to Chris Donovan for Congress by clicking HERE, or find out more grit and bio HERE. If you are interested in meeting Chris Donovan at a private house event this month in Milford, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you details. It will be a fundraiser. I swear.