Why I am running
I have followed politics and the news since I was a kid and knew that someday I would run for office. I always pictured myself as a Republican that Democrats could support, I wanted an army of Callaway Democrats just like my hero Ronald Reagan. It is ironic that I am now a Democrat who will need Callaway Republicans to win in November of 2018.
The events of 2015 and 2016 would reveal things about the party that I had loved and the ideology that I had embraced since my youth. I was never comfortable with the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, their anger and ugly nature bothered me. I had assumed that these folks were the exception and the extreme. Today it is clear that they are the driving force of the Party.
Initially I was a reluctant Hillary Clinton supporter, the change from NeverTrump Republican to Conservative Democrat would happen slowly throughout 2016. My final break with the Republicans came after the Access Hollywood tape was released and the reaction that came with it. Many of the politicians that I had admired and knew would denounce Trump were defended this as “locker room talk”. It was at this point I knew that my days as a Republican were over and that I was a political orphan.
I planned on being an Independent and supporting candidates on a case by case basis, this was the middle of the road path that I would follow. All of this came into doubt on Sunday November 6th, 2016 while watching This Week with George Stephanopoulos. One of the analysts said that there was a 95% chance that Hillary Clinton would win on Tuesday. This worried me because I had a vision of Truman holding up the newspaper with the headline, “Dewey Beats Truman”. What if they get this wrong? What if we get a Dewey Beats Truman moment and Trump wins?
I decided two things that day, if Trump should pull off the impossible, my days as an Independent were over, I would have to pick a side. Second, that I would run for office and try to bring sanity and civility back to politics. But this was never going to happen, after all, there was a 95% chance that Clinton would win the White House and Republicans would win the House and Senate and everything would be fine.
As the election night went on, I thought about what I had promised two days prior. Surely this was not going to happen, surely sanity and reason were going to win. Well, sanity and reason did not win, and stop calling me Shirley. After the results were confirmed, I decided I would fulfill the promise that I made and run for office. I had no idea how to get started or how I would be received. All I knew was that I could not sit back and do nothing. So like Julia Roberts at the end of Notting Hill, I am just a Conservative Democrat, standing in a room full of Texans, asking you to vote for me.