Monday, March 24, 2014

Failure to Vet Primary Candidates a Problem

During the last Republican primary it became apparent that some candidates are not
what they seem.

It happens every election cycle. We should all know better by now.

Just because a potential candidate is personable or is recommended by a friend, do not endorse without checking him/her out for yourself. It is important to perform your due diligence before jumping on the bandwagon.

Before endorsing or working for any candidate it is so easy to do a simple Google search. Read their tweets and their Facebook posts. You don't need to pay big bucks to an opposition research firm to get a feel for how an individual expresses his views and what he thinks about the issues.

Some voters are so anxious to work against an incumbent that they will settle for anyone who is willing to run. While it's true that some of our establishment Republicans deserve to be challenged, we should not compromise our standards just to have an opposition candidate.

Ask the hard questions, interview the candidate yourself, and pay attention to red flags. 

As most of you already know, working in a campaign is one of the most time-consuming and stressful endeavors that you will ever undertake. Even if you are a part-time volunteer, your time is valuable. Make sure that the candidate deserves your support.

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