A question that people ask me all the time is, “What ever happened with that campaign you were working on?”
Short answer: Mr. C, now known as Congressman Jason Chaffetz, won by a landslide.
The landslide victory wasn’t exactly a surprise, since his opponent didn’t put up much of a fight. This kind of makes me sad. Of course, I wanted Mr. C to win, but there’s nothing I love more than a good debate. It helps to clarify everyone’s positions. But I digress.
Mr. C is now in Washington, DC, helping to bring the Republican Party back to it’s conservative roots, and doing a darn good job of it so far.
Long answer: The only regret I have about this pregnancy is that during the most crucial, most exciting month of the campaign, I was at my absolute sickest. I essentially had to drop out right when we got the ball to the 5 yard line. (See, in honor of Superbowl Sunday I just threw in a football reference. That one’s for you, Todd.) I’m still upset about it. I hate being a “quitter.” That’s why it took me so long to blog about it. It makes me sad. Plus, my kids were really, really mad when I was too sick to take them to the victory party afterward. (This all started as an attempt to get Sarah married off to Mr. C’s son, after all.)
Do I regret getting involved with the campaign in the first place? Absolutely not! It was an amazing experience, and I feel so privileged to have been able to take a small part in it. I met some wonderful people from all over the state. Well, okay, from all over our congressional district, but it encompasses a lot of territory, so it counts. I got an inside look into politics, and ya know what – not all politicians are bad. And “real” people truly can make a difference and contribute to the way our country is run.
I am especially proud of my new congressman. In this age of rampant spending, he took being “budget conscious” to a whole new level. He ran his entire campaign with volunteers – that’s right, not one paid staff member. Not one. He wouldn’t even buy us dinner. In fact, most of his staff were housewives. Yup, when you need something done right, ask a mommy. We’ll get the job done. And I’ve digressed again…. He was gracious, thoughtful, always stayed on message, and worked HARD to get elected, even though as I said before, his victory was a foregone conclusion once the primary was over.
I am proud to have a man like that representing me in Congress. It gives me hope for this great country of ours. But I really, really wish I could have stuck it out ’til the end.