Thank You

I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone in the online community for your hard work, dedication, and support. With 29 days to go, I am working as hard as I can to win this race, and I know you are, too.

It is not just the fundraising -- although I do have to say, when I heard you raised $183,592.47 online in 144 hours for our campaign, I was thrilled. More important, though, I am impressed with how you are taking your energy online and turning it into action in our offices, on the phones and at the doors.

I have been traveling to our field offices across the state thanking our staff and volunteers for all their hard work. These are some of the events I look forward to the most.

There is nothing better than the sight of a group of volunteers armed with clipboards ready to go door- to-door for a cause they believe in. And who would have thought the sound of dozens of competing voices on the phones in a cramped office would sound so good?

As I visit each of our offices, I am keeping an eye on the progress of the Yellow Brick Road. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I am talking about -- more on this below.

It started months ago when, in a speech, I told the audience I wanted to give Liddy Dole a pair of Ruby Red Slippers so she could click her heels three times and go home to Kansas with Bob!

They loved it.

Since then, the Ruby Red Slippers have become something of a tag line for our campaign. North Carolinians have been holding Ruby Red Slipper Decorating Parties, highlighting the issues they care about that Elizabeth Dole has neglected in the U.S. Senate. In our offices, our volunteers sign a yellow brick to add to our Yellow Brick Roads hanging up on our walls. Elizabeth Dole even came up to me a few months ago to tell me she was a size 8.5 medium!

In all seriousness, I have been amazed by the energy on this campaign. Thousands of you looking for a change in Washington have invested your energy, money and time in this campaign online -- from donating, signing up to volunteer, emailing your friends about the race and even becoming a friend on Facebook.

But I know you’re not doing this for me -- I’m not doing this for me. We’re doing this together for the future of our country.

We simply cannot afford to continue walking down the same path we have walked on under the Bush-Dole team.

Our economy is on the brink but Elizabeth Dole has been too busy putting Washington’s special interests ahead of North Carolina’s best interests. Pushing for the deregulation of the banking industry is not in our best interest.

Voting to give Big Oil and Gas $17 billion in tax breaks is not in our best interest.

Spending only 13% of her time since being elected – and in 2006, just a paltry 13 days – in North Carolina is not in our best interest.

We can’t allow Elizabeth Dole to continue George Bush’s failed policies and legacy.

We need a new direction, and a new path. And over these next 29 days I hope you will help us create that path -- one yellow brick at a time.

http://www.kayhagan.com/volunteer

Comments

Thanks, Kay

You're running a great campaign. Very happy to front-page this post.
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Doubts about Dole?

Best of luck.......

finding an affordable place to live in D.C.

"The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."
- Sen. Kay Hagan

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Thanks for front paging it!

Kay is now on her way to Lexington to meet with North Carolinians about her plan to secure a healthy retirement for our seniors.

I'll be unloading lawn signs for the next hour, but Kay asked me to check up on any comments to the post, so I'll be back in a bit.

Scott

Disclosure: I am Kay Hagan's Online Communications Director
http://www.kayhagan.com

Yellow Brick Road

I have a pic of Kay and my kids at the Hickory Grove 4th of July parade where Kay is holding a brick off the Yellow Brick Rd. from the old Land of Oz amusement park that was up on Beech Mtn.

We won't go into how I came into possesion of this brick....

“We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.” ~ Barack Obama

Blast from the past!

I grew up in that neighborhood! We would go to the Hickory Grove parade and July 4th celebration/fireworks every year. A couple of years, we rode in the parade (we had a Shetland pony and a small cart). I remember that we weren't even in the Charlotte city limits when my parents first built our house there; the city gradually grew out and enveloped us. Once, I entered the pie-eating contest only to find myself staring at a lemon pie -- the judges were kind enough to switch around and get me a chocolate one, but I still didn't win the contest. ;)

Welcome Kay!

We will be thrilled to have you in the Senate, making sure that all of North Carolina is actually represented for the first time in a long time.

Scott - Who does my mom call for a yard sign in Raleigh?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

The giant 18 wheeler just pulled away..

Over the course of the week we are going to be distributing the signs to our field offices across the state.

Our Raliegh office number is: 919-755-0030. Marc/Liddy or one of our fantastic interns (yes, we have an organizer named Liddy) should be able to help.

Feel free to give them a ring to get notified when they arrive or to see if they dropped yet.

This weekend we are holding Early Vote Conventions also so depending on the timing we may have a few there.

Disclosure: I am Kay Hagan's Online Communications Director

Thanks Scott

Mom has been squarely behind Hagan since probably March or April, and she has been bothering me about getting her a sign for a few weeks.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Those Early Vote Conventions

What a fantastic idea! I'm going to try to get to the one in Fayetteville. We'll see if I can get up early enough to get there. :)

I love those hand-made signs

Thanks for posting this, Kay. I know you're extremely busy, but taking the time to do this does more than generate energy for the campaign. It also reinforces the idea that you will be accessible and involved with the progressive movement after the election.

In this age of sound bites and million-dollar tv ad wars, that kind of personal connection is refreshing. :)

Ask Brad Miller.

Even though Brad doesn't show up here to comment anymore, I still have the feeling he is around reading what his constituents think. Especially things like your energy pieces.

John McCain looks like a guy whose head you can barely see over the steering wheel...looks like the guy who thinks the nurses are stealing his stuff. 'Dad, why would they take your socks? It doesn't make sense.' Letterman

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Yeah, I've seen him over

on the "Who's Online?" thingie a few times earlier this year, but I think he figured out if he doesn't log in he can lurk without being noticed. ;)

Brad, we love you man. You're a ray of sunshine on an overcast day, and...hey! My metaphor machine is working again! Cool.

I'm a proud Kay Hagan convert!

I can't wait for you to be sworn in the next Senator from NC. I'm behind you 100%! Please remember BlueNC and stop back by here to read once in a while when you're in DC - and when an issue comes up and you need to take a temperature - you know you can find one here. Keep going, Sen. Hagan. You're going to do it!

Mailer

My wife got a mailer today stating that Kay Hagan was supportiing a group that wants to take "Under God" from the pledge of allegiance. The interesting part is that it says it is from Kay Hagan. I hate to ask this, but is that legal?

Keep up the good work and send Liddy packing!

Legal as in I know it's

Legal as in I know it's coming from Dole.