"Pelvic sorcery" = DEAD
A couple of weeks ago, when I was sitting in the room with the people discussing the new position, a person I love dearly and have worked on behalf of said, “I think we need a candidate that can work with all of the unions.”
At the time, I was fearful of what he said because I thought it was a bias against me. There’s one President that I can work with, but it would be incredibly difficult to do so, mostly because there’s a history there, but she doesn’t care about the political as much as need be and her Vice President does, whom I work with exceedingly well.
However, the first person I really approached about the position, was completely supportive and told me, “You would be excellent in the role, because you work with both the building trades and the teachers so you know that there are times when we clash and how to work between those two sides.”
Which was, honestly, how my friend possibly meant it in the first place. (I spoke with him and he was also happy to lend his support. He works on behalf of the largest Teacher’s Union in the local area, so there’s that.)
I didn’t approach people from the point of view of asking for a guarantee of the job, but from the point of view that I wanted to give them the respect to let them know I would be submitting my resume and would appreciate any support they could lend my way.
I’ve got a commitment of support from many of the unions and the building trades. Many of them also know that I’ve been there, already, for labor and were happy that I wanted to increase my role. The President of one Central Labor Council also eagerly said he would write me a letter of recommendation.
In short, I heard how well thought of I am in the labor world, especially on the building trades side, from a majority of the men (and few women) that will be making the decision about who to hire.
It helped increase my confidence in the position and the opportunity before me. It meant that I changed outfits twenty times before the BBQ to ensure that I was both comfortable and business casual professional-esque, but small price to pay.
So tomorrow, I’ve got to get my resume up to par completely, get my list of references typed up and everything all ready for when they finally post the position.
Leti came to our Annual Labor Day BBQ and SHUT.IT.DOWN. My devotion to this woman increased a thousand fold in one day.
I had not had a chance to tell her, personally, what it meant when she stood up and in fact, caused the Citizens Filibuster when she finally got the microphone to ask, “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?”
Many people forget that Leticia arrived to the Capitol around 7 p.m. that night, coming directly from her father’s funeral. When Texas Republicans tried to thwart the rules that provide a 24-hour day cooling off period from legislation that goes from the House to the Senate, they tried to do it while she was trying to plan her father’s funeral, because he had died rather suddenly a few days before. One Republican voted against them, for Leti, then, tried to strong arm her to vote FOR SB5, for the ban on abortion.
This woman was put through hell that week.
Her husband, Pete, reminded me a couple of Fridays ago of how tough that time period was for her.
I can usually put my emotion in check when talking to politicians. I’ve thanked, personally, every single Senator and Representative that stood up for women last summer in the Texas Legislature.
When I started talking to Leti, though, the emotion just started to pour out. I know I was empathizing with her struggle that week, and even started out by telling her that her husband had reminded me that it had been a tough week for her.
She hugged me and grabbed her seat. Then, I told her, as an after thought, that I had been there that day and her eyes grew wide and she started to give me her own appreciation, but was cut short, and I’m glad. As important as being there to support our representatives was, I was there because I wanted MY representatives to know that I was a constituent and I was not happy with their votes.
Leticia is running against my State Senator, Dan Patrick. As scary as he is as my State Senator, he terrifies me as the potential Lieutenant Governor, a position that carries almost more authority than the Governor in this state.
Wendy is the golden girl in Texas right now, but Leticia’s campaign is almost more crucial.
As a side note, I was on a conference call on Thursday evening, with Battleground Texas / Wendy Davis’s campaign. The first thing that irked me was that they essentially took credit for the opening of an office that I know the West Houston Democrats opened with their own funds. The other thing that bothers me is that I informed the campaign of the Women in Labor breakfast and of the BBQ. It’s a huge event, where you have not just Executive Board members that you meet at all of the “important functions”, but more to the point, you have the opportunity to actually meet and talk with probably a THOUSAND, easily, members and their families, i.e. VOTERS from various unions. You also get to talk to the blue collar workers and hear from them. Battleground Texas who is running Wendy’s campaign was less than thrilled with the idea of an appearance because “there’s no keynote to give”.
Leti gave one. And SHUT.IT.DOWN.
I know Texas is a big state, but it’s fairly obvious when you look at it, from my perspective that the two candidates are running two campaigns, as they should, because we don’t vote for a “ticket”. Leti could conceivably win and Wendy not, and, if you ask the Texas organizers that have been here before BGTX came, Leti has the better shot, the better organization, the better team, because it knows Texas. But it feels like there’s no cohesion between the two campaigns.
Someone shared with me a thought that I’ve had on my own: Leticia is in a better spot to win this and because of BGTX’s missteps in our state, if Wendy wins, it will be because Leti pushed her over the finish line.
The sad thing is, I know if that happens, BGTX will take all the credit. It won’t be the truth, though.
So, forgive me, but this blog may become a Leticia Van de Putte is a ROCK STAR blog for the next two months. Wendy gets the major media push. Leticia? Man, Leticia has won my loyalty for life and I’m just going to talk about her as much as possible to make sure people know she’s just as awesome.
Gonna go see Guardians of the Galaxy today. Gonna go see Guardians of the Galaxy today. Gonna go see Guardians of the Galaxy today.
Tumblr, this is my happy dance. You cannot see it. But it’s awesome.