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The Most Hated in NYC

May 12, 2010

Hugs for Mike!


I have a confession to make. I worked for the Mayor Mike Bloomberg reelection campaign. I told this to very few people about because most people I know disliked the Mayor. I disliked the Mayor myself. When I seen and answered a posting on Craig’s List, I didn’t know what the job would entail. Once I found out it was a door to door job, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. Why would I do something like that for someone I disliked? Sadly, it was the only job I could get at the time.

I decided to try it out for a few days. It turned out to be not that bad. I started to learn about the Mayor, things such as him being an Independent, and the election itself. I found myself reading various newspapers at the library to find out what was going on in the election. I paid attention to the television ads. In addition to all of this, I learned how important ground work was in an election. I also learned how to promote proposed plans and how to respond to things people brought up.

My experience at the doors was interesting, even on the first day. I took some notes from time to time because I was inspired to write about the experience on a new blog I would create, which is the one you’re reading right now. We were sent into neighborhoods that were assumed to be against the Mayor. The thing that surprised me the most was how a lot of Democrats supported the Mayor especially old people. But, there were some, even Republicans and Independents, who didn’t.

Those reasons ranged from the Mayor being a “Republican” to his running for a third term. At some doors, it was hard for me to not laugh especially when people called him a dictator. When it came to term limits, we had to respond with how the Mayor was giving them a choice. The people had to choose to give him a third term. And why not give him a third term when he had nothing but positive results? Everyone who brought up the term limits wasn’t trying to hear that.

The job in general had its ups and downs. For me, a lot of people weren’t home, which made me feel a little disappointed. When people were home, I was caught off guard. On some days, the weather wasn’t so nice. At least, we ended our shifts with some hot food. During the week, I don’t think the time frame was right to knock on doors. Most people don’t answer their doors once it gets dark. I can’t blame them.

The party at the end was the best part. I finally got to see the Mayor in person. I got to see the weird Jimmy Fallon. I also got to meet Sway from MTV, a journalist I look up to. When it came to me voting, I wasn’t sure I was going to until I read the New York Times on my birthday (November 1st). The thing that bothered me the most about this election was the mentioning of the middle class over and over again from both camps. It was as if my people didn’t even exist.

When I read the Times that day, I found out that the Mayor did do things for my people. Sure, there is Workforce 1 (which I learned about on the job), but I didn’t see that program aiding in the fight against poverty. I also learned on the job that the Mayor is one of the biggest donators to charity in the world. I still didn’t see how that helped. But when I saw this in the Times, I changed my mind and voted for Mayor Bloomberg:

The mayor opened the city’s Center for Economic Opportunity, a laboratory for innovative approaches to fighting poverty; created a child tax credit that has given $30 million to low-income families; and built four financial counseling centers that advise New Yorkers on money management.

I think this is great, but the people need to be informed about things like this. If the Mayor could send ads after ads to everyone showing them why he should be Mayor, why not send information to the less fortunate about these great things? I think that the Mayor’s office should work on this. These things can help a lot of people.

Not that many people read newspapers or watch the news these days, but they do check their mail and watch television shows which have commercials. I hope that people will see this post and educate their selves about these things and other things out there. I hope that the Mayor’s office can do something. In the meantime, we have to educate ourselves and each other because all of us don’t have regular internet access.

Side bar: What are my current thoughts of the Mayor? As of right now, I do not like what’s been going on in terms of the budget cuts. How does one promote not laying off police officers, fire fighters and teachers when he/she was Mayor during the election, but intends on doing that after he/she gets elected for their final term? This has to be the hugest scam in recent political history. We need most honest politicians.

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One comment

  1. […] I’ve been out of school, I got to see politics first hand. I worked on the Bloomberg campaign. And with this recent job, I got to see how various politicians act and conduct their operations. I […]



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