I just came from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The Wells Fargo Arena was filled with energy and excitement. We all knew as you do that the convention went very well and as reflected in the National polling our message of compassion and tolerance resonated as did the plans of our nominee Hillary Clinton to move our country forward.
It is extremely important that we now execute our grass roots door to door and neighbor to neighbor effort. It is ok for us to look at the polls but don’t believe them. Don’t think for a second this is a wave election or that this election is the same as we have seen before. We have never seen an election like this before. It’s different because voters are apathetic for both party’s candidates. Polling shows that 70% of the voters are unhappy with the direction of our country. Many young and middle aged voters feel they have been left out of the recovery. So even while we have a very popular President Obama and an incredible Presidential Nominee in Hillary Clinton, we have voters who want change and still are not enthusiastically supporting her.
All of this is cause to work harder and not take this election for granted. We should also make sure we work hard so that every down ballot Democrat wins. No candidate should be left behind in this election. It would be unfortunate if Hillary Clinton wins big and we lose our supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.
In either case the voters are not going to come out on their own and, as Precinct Committeemen and County Chairs, it is our charge that we identify, persuade and get these voters out on Election Day. This is no time to coast, we must put our foot on the gas and push through this election to ensure that we get all that we can out of it!