Don’t know how anyone may consider this, but I wanted to share this short email exchange between a constituent and myself.
I decided to redact the person’s name and email address to protect her from any unwanted contact as a result of this. Hope she doesn’t mind. And since my treasurer’s name is on record, I hope he doesn’t mind that I include his comment as well.
(Read from the bottom up.)
To ‘Daniel McAndrew’
From: Jim Sollers (REDACTED@verizon.net)
Sent: Thu 8/26/10 7:22 AM
To: ‘Daniel McAndrew’ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You know actually that is a good point to make.
You live your principals, no debt on your campaign.
You live within your means.
From: Daniel McAndrew (email@example.com)
Sent: Wed 8/25/10 10:32 PM
You are very kind, Lynn.
Don’t worry about the donation bit, it’s way too close to the Primary at this point anyway.
Yes, I’m not rich. My day job starts when I get up at 5:30 or 6am then home by 6pm.
That is, until I started this business of running for office.
Yes, I do know the value of a dollar and how not to over-reach.
Which is why I have stopped spending from my campaign account for the moment.
I may do a little more as my treasurer and I were discussing things at lunch today.
We shall see how the numbers look come the evening (or next day) of the primary.
P.S. I’m of Irish ancestry, actually. If that matters. Personally, I figure I am an American first. Republican last. Conservative second.
Sent: Wed 8/25/10 10:14 PM
Dear Mr. McAndrew,
Today, I received the ballot for the Maryland Primary, and was researching U.S. Senate candidates.
Upon perusing a Wiki article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Maryland,_2010 I noticed that you and Barbara Mikluski (sic) have something in common in regard to your campaign, ZERO DEBT. One major difference is that she has about $3Million and you have hardly anything to work with. It is amazing. This fact intrigued me to go to your web site, and see what your stance is on various issues we are facing today, as a country. I like what I see.
Unfortunately, I have no money to donate towards your campaign, but wanted to know that we need more people like you in politics.
McAndrew is a good Scottish name!
Best wishes for a successful run.