So, most recently I have begun a quest to visit as many rural county chairs as I possibly can in person. Places like Gillespie, Mason, Lampasas, Blanco, Medina, Kerr Atascosa, Parker, Live Oak, Palo Pinto.
One reason is to renew old acquaintances and make new ones, the old-fashioned way. There is nothing quite like talking with each other face to face. The other reason is to let them know there are people out there who are one their side and want to help. This includes talking to them about The 134 PAC's Joshua Fund, our effort to raise money and provide grants to help them get out the vote across The 134.
134 Democrats sometimes feel like there is no purpose in trying because the odds and obstacles against them are so huge. But the key to overcoming these obstacles is getting out the vote. Votes are all that matter in politics. The only way things will improve is if we work to increase our vote. The only way the state party will pay any attention to us is by proving there are precious votes out here they need, and can get if they try. Notice I did not say if we want to win. Winning a race in an individual county is not what we can do or have to do. What we must do is improve. To improve, we must increase the Democrats share of the vote in our counties.
Joe Biden lost Texas by 6%. Beto and Collier lost last time by less than 5%. What rural Democrats must do, if we want to improve, is to be the source of that 5% increase. We don't have to carry a single county to do that. We have to hold onto what we have and push hard to increase Democratic votes in our counties. If we increase our vote by just 2-3% in our counties Beto O'Rourke can be the next Governor of Texas, and Mike Collier the next Lt. Governor.
If The 134 PAC can help in your county, reach out to us, make a plan, apply for a grant, start raising money now to support your plan to get out the vote.
No one else is going to do this. It is up to us.