My mom's running for U.S. Senate
by davidthi808, Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 11:45:57 AM EDT
The Hawaii U.S. Senate seat is now leans Democratic instead of slam-dunk Democratic. Yes, I'm a Democrat and my mom's a Republican. But mom trumps party. So on with the story:
This past Friday evening I got home from work and was looking forward to my first minimal work weekend in a long time. Hang out with my wife and daughters, maybe go see a movie together.
And my mom calls...
The front-runner for the Republican nomination for Senate in Hawaii had dropped out for health reasons. And so, depending on who won the primary (this past Saturday), the nomination would fall to the party to pick.
And among other things I know how to design web sites...
So Saturday was spent laying out a web site. Sunday was putting together a fast one for her to show the committee members. And Monday was spent turning that in to a real web site. Thank god for the time difference. 3:00 pm Hawaii time, 7:00 pm Colorado time, I has finished my last edits as the phone rang.
One minute into the announcement that my mom was the candidate and her new website went up. And because everyone working on it was on the mainland (and also a Democrat), no word of her being the nominee slipped out.
And what are her chances? Republican Cynthia Thielen in Democratic Hawaii? Well first of all, the people of Hawaii love her. I mention my last name anywhere, not just in her district, but anywhere, and people ask me if I'm related. And when I say that I'm her son they tell me that they love her.
And she wins her Democratic district with 70 - 80% of the vote when the Democrats bother to run someone against her. For 16 years she has shown incredible skill, both in getting elected and in legislating. She is an amazing politician.
So it's an uphill battle. But if I was betting money, I'ld bet on my mom. But with that said... She needs you support and your contributions. So please, go to www.cynthiathielen.com and make a contribution.
Tomorrow's post - why Democrats should support my mom over Akaka - for Hawaii's sake and for the country's sake