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Why You Should Volunteer For Michael Skelly For Congress Or In Some Other Uphill Race

Michael Skelly is running for Congress as a Democrat from the 7th Congressional District of Texas. ( Please click the link for the Skelly campaign.)

This district includes portions of Houston and areas around Houston. It has been a Republican district in recent years.

The incumbent is the terrible John Culberson.

You should volunteer for Michael Skelly and for other candidates facing an uphill race.

(Though this race may not be uphill as it seems at first look.) 

Let me tell you why.

When I was 23, I volunteered for a man named Tyrone Yates who was running as a Democrat in the very Republican 2nd congressional district of Ohio. This was in 1990.

This Cincinnati-area district now elects the terrible Jean Schmidt.

Tyrone had, at best, a small chance of winning.

In the other Cincinnati-area district, the 1st, there was a tight and high profile race for an open seat.

That campaign had many volunteers. Most of them were forgotten by the campaigns when the race was over. 

Mr. Yates did not have many volunteers.   

I called Tyrone one day out of the blue and he told me to come to a campaign meeting.

I was soon part of the campaign core.

There were maybe 8 of us.

We went to campaign appearances and had a good time. I learned things. I made some friends.

We lost the race, but it was a great experience and fun.

In 1991, Tyrone became a member of the Cincinnati City Council.

In 1992, he gave me a job in his office. Tyrone gave me the job in part because I had been on-board with him when others had not.

While working at Cincinnati City Hall, I met my future wife. 

Also, even though we lost our race in 1990, we served the cause of democracy.

Mr. Skelly will likely have a larger campaign than we did—I hope he does—But I bet he will appreciate each and every person who offers help. The same can be said of challengers like Mr. Skelly running across the nation. 

This story from the Houston Chronicle talks about a quick fundraising start for Mr. Skelly.

Here’s a recap of why you should volunteer for Micheal Skelly for Congress in Houston, or in some other challenging race where you live—      

1. You will learn about politics— 

2. You might meet new friends

3. If you are loyal and lucky, you might end up with a job–

4. You will be serving democracy–

5. Maybe you will meet your future spouse

April 17, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Cincinnati, Houston, Politics, Relationships, Texas | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. This is what John Culberson said about Tom Delay:

    “I wish Tom and his family all the best in their return to private life, and I sincerely hope that they can avoid the cruel glare of the media spotlight. I am honored to have served with Tom DeLay, and I am certain that his proud legacy will never be diminished.”

    Culberson is bad medicine. Vote for Michael Skelly.

    Comment by LClyde | April 17, 2008

  2. Proud to serve delay? dont live in texas but thats like being proud of the preist that molested your child.

    Comment by bill brady | April 17, 2008

  3. #2 Bill

    Maybe with luck, Culberson will go the way of Delay….

    Comment by LClyde | April 17, 2008

  4. Thanks for these comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 18, 2008

  5. Thanks to your inspiration i am going to help and join the hillary movement in indiana or penn. need send her a couple of bucks to help her out. she is outspent.

    Comment by bill brady | April 19, 2008

  6. You should go to Indiana and help. You might enjoy it. You’d have my full support.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 19, 2008

  7. […] Please here click for my post on why you should volunteer for Mr. Skelly. I say in the post that the Skelly race is an uphill race. I’m glad to say I will be adjusting my thinking on that matter.    […]

    Pingback by Houston/Galveston County Notes « Texas Liberal | June 20, 2008

  8. i would like a yard sign. i live in the 7th district. please advise where/how i can get one. thank you.

    Comment by scott fleming | July 26, 2008

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