I got an email today from a local GOP committee member reminding me about the Roanoke Valley HQ opening on Monday 7/28. Great. But then it also asks if I would be willing to stay an extra hour to make phone calls.
From my experience, the number one goal of a HQ opening is warm bodies and excitement. So, what could we do to ensure that no one will want to show up?
A - Give each person a toilet scrubbing brush for post celebration cleaning and pray no one eats the deviled eggs during the speeches
B - Have people take turns standing by the road in a giant elephant suit on a hot summer evening
C - Ask people to stay after and make phone calls.
Folks, the answer is C. Phone calls are the worst job in politics (and should be done by paid professionals, but that's another story). If you want a lot of people to show, asking them to make phone calls afterwards is not the way to do it.
I am sure the request was full of good intentions, but I don't think this is the strategy for a successful opening. Lets save the calls for another time.