It was less than a year ago that my interest in the political process evolved me from a happy-go-lucky "spectator" to a committed "participant".
And following the lead of fellow "citizen journalist" Ken Krayeske, I've even been labeled "troublemaker" now and again by some less-than-tolerant individuals. This blog has been a record of my involvement in the process, both as a commentator and an online journalist (and occasionally, even a bit of a "smart-aleck".)
During the tumultuous 2006 campaign, I became aware that Democracy is best served when people get involved. So I started attending DTC meetings and got to know many of the members. Last night I was voted onto my town's DTC unanimously (which, when there are vacant uncontested seats, is pretty much a given...but then again, with me you never know).
Marty Hardiman, outgoing 3rd district Chairman, spoke of meeting me at the State Democratic Convention back in May, and my attendance of DTC meetings. When my name was put up for membership in the DTC, I was nominated as "Connecticut Bob", because even though I make no secret of it, hardly anyone knew my real name!
Anyway, I'd like to thank my fellow DTC members for inviting me to join, and I look forward to this Thursday's Townwide DTC meeting, where we'll discuss which candidates are interested in running for local office this November.
Already I've come to realize that politics is a 12-months-a-year process, and there is no true "down time" anymore.