Chatting up a potential contributor at a Panera Bread this afternoon.

I was impressed because the contributor has often donated to the other party (albeit not exclusively) and has actually given money to the candidate’s opponent.

From what I could see from across the room, the conversation appeared to go well.

The body language was positive; there was a lot of laughter; and they seem to have departed on very good terms.

I wouldn’t be surprised if an entry eventually shows up on VPAP.

But I noticed something else.

On the way our of Panera, the candidate and the staff member did not bother to introduce themselves to the patrons in the room and take the time to chat them up.

A missed opportunity.

It could have a special moment in the day of 20 people- something to talk about with their families and friends:  “Hey, guess who I spoke to today….”  Perhaps the 2o people would have turned into a 100 who would have heard about it.

There are a million reasons why the candidate may not have taken the time-

Schedules are tight-

You wanted to make sure that you walked the potential donor to the car

Maybe they had spoken to people on the way into Panera before I arrived…

And maybe retail politics are overrated.


It is an election and why not take the opportunity to say hello to every voter that you can meet.

Last year there was a mayoral election in Richmond and onc evening a candidate stopped by Can-Can on Cary Street when the restaurant was hopping with about 200 people.

The candidate sat down, talked with his friends and never made the rounds of the patrons.

Over the course of the campaign, I must have head about this from 10 different people who used the story to illustrate that maybe the candidate was a great person, but really didn’t like politics.

There’s a lot more to an election that introducing yourself to strangers.

But it may be easier to run for office if you truly enjoy retail politics and instinctively never miss an opportunity to connect.

Anyway, who knows where that next donor might be.?

One Comment

  1. i always knew it was impt in Southern Va. to talk to everyone because everyone here is related or goes to church with the next guy or is their neighbor…

    but its good to know that good manners is also required in Richmond mayoral races.

Leave a Reply

Links:doudoune moncler pas cherair max 90 pas chernike lebronair max femmeair max pas chernike air max pas chernike air max pas cherair max classicnike air max pas cherair max 1 femmenike air max pas chernike air max pas chernike pas cher

But there is an interesting hobby that one can take up. It Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 is collecting wood pens. A wood pen is a fine handmade instrument for writing. The presence of all these qualities make wood pens an extraordinary item of collection. They were very slim and Neverfull Louis Vuitton used a mechanism of twisting.

Cigar lines of handcrafted pens are also Neverfull Louis Vuitton something extremely Neverfull Louis Vuitton amazing. Handcrafted pens can be very well considered as a gift item. Although Louis Vuitton Damier Neverfull some individuals believe they have the qualities to fix leaking pipes or a boiler problem, hiring boiler repairs north London ensures fully professional plumbers who strive to provide the best possible Neverfull Louis Vuitton service dependable on the extent of damage or root of the problem. While DIY work carried out by unqualified homeowners may temporarily fix a problem, their actions may lead to further problems down the line that may result in significantly more damage being caused than acquiring a plumber Tottenham at the first sign of problems.

They stock a great range of Makita tools and products and strive to offer their customers Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 a better deal. You shouldn't make a move anywhere with doubts over whether Louis Vuitton Speedy this Neverfull Louis Vuitton is the perfect generic Orlistat| Buy domperidone online| purchase dapoxetine| Buy Clomid| order Fluoxetine| Buy dapoxetine online

buy phentermine pill, clomid prices, buy cialis generic