I have my students read a book called " Hardball" by Chris Matthews of MSNBC. In it a chapter is called " Don't get mad, or get even, get ahead!
A telling quote is by Ronald Reagan who once said " I always throw my golf clubs in the direction I am headed" or something like that.
Well, I wanted to share a similar story about Elton Gallegly. In 2000 I worked for an opponent of his. I was right out of college and it was a PAYING gig on a campaign ( Thank you Michael Case). As almost all campaigns do we had our ups and downs. Both sides had attack ads or heard nasty rumors that I will not repeat. But, the campaign ended, as the all do and Elton returned to congress alongside 95 percent of his coworkers.
But, here is where the story gets interesting. After the campaign Elton Gallegly called me. I was selling garage doors for my family company before I started teaching. Elton knew who I was, but called and bought a door. He could of bought a door from any company, but he chose us. Why? Because he is a smart politician. He doesn't hold grudges ( Karl Rove, you listening?)Since then I have ran into him across town from Applebees to Home Depot. It is hard to get fired up and help people run against him when he seems like a neighbor.
Well, Elton you taught me a lesson about politics and moving on and I wanted to say thank you.
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