Art Gallagher thinks I’m a winner. Well, sort of. And while I appreciate the (backhanded) compliment, I’d like to pose a few items of food for thought.
Maybe, just maybe, voters really are tired of the game playing and posturing that exists in much of politics. (I think voters across the county sent that message pretty loud and clear with their votes this Tuesday.)
Maybe all they really want is for us to get back to the business of working on the issues that affect them.
Maybe they don’t care how many hands we have shaken or how many babies have been kissed. Maybe they see through that.
Maybe that’s why—despite suffering “from a perception within the Party’s leadership that [I have] skated by on the backs of others” (a perception that Art clearly seems all too eager to perpetuate)—I have now TWICE been the top vote-getter in each of my races for County Freeholder. (FOUR TIMES if you add my convention victory in March and June’s Primary Election.)
Based on this performance, isn’t it interesting then that the post-election rhetoric is “Here’s what’s wrong with Gary Rich’s style”?
Yes, I DO have a different style than most politicians. I’m not blustery. I don’t need to pound my fist on the table to make my point.
I don’t attend every event or make promises to everyone I meet just because it’s what they want to hear and for that moment I’ll be perceived as having swooped in to save the day.
Real leadership, the kind that makes you “a leader among leaders,” is about building trust and lasting relationships. That’s what matters to the average voter and that’s what I’m about.
If it’s true that a perception really does exist within the party leadership that there isn’t room for my style in politics, maybe it’s time to rethink that idea. Voters certainly seem to have.