Humble Beginnings 1 Year Ago

This was an email I sent January 9th…

Funny how history is made in humble settings – one year ago at this moment I was here …

Dave Brat was finishing up talking to a few breakfast patrons at Adams Sports Mart. We wanted to make the campaign announcement that he was running against Majority Leader Eric Cantor here in the small New Kent County in the southeast tip of the district for one simple reason _ to make sure every citizen of the 7th district knew that they _ not out-of-state donors _ would be Dave’s focus if the would elect him to represent them in Congress.

At this moment a year ago I had just finished writing the names of the dozen or so attendees _ with notes on their hopes and concerns as well as which citizen wanted to help or just had advice. The event started a two day whirl-wind in which we stopped to meet citizens in all six counties in addition to a speech at St. John_s Church, where Patrick Henry delivered his _Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death_ speech. I had my normal typos sending out press releases from the backseat as Steve Waters took the wheel between stops.

It was a humble beginning, but with National Reviewannouncing the challenge just before this kickoff tour andBreitbart News and Laura Ingraham picking up on the progress later in the campaign, I was eventually able to go on Fox News to thank these early volunteers that pulled off the victory. I believe it was truly the kind of campaign the Founding Fathers envisioned.

I hope we capture that same spirit in a national announcement we will be making next week. While I appreciate the kudos given by Fox Sports 1, ESPN and ESPN the Magazine, I have felt like a coach denying rumors I am going to work for one of them. In my case the rumors are completely baseless. That_s the fun stuff I do to take a break _ the real work is rewarding, I believe essential to our Republic, and starts next week, so stay tuned.

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