Back in the middle 1960s, my cousin and I started one of the first Teenage Republican clubs in the country. My family was Republican. I was a leader at Delta College of the college Republicans and my conservatism got real traction when Barry Goldwater ran for president in 1964.
My mentor during that time was a thinking conservative member of the Michigan Legislature. My political leanings went through a period of dormancy when I became a member of the news media.
Fast forward to the election that just happened. My allegiances have changed. I wanted to vote for the defeated incumbent Mike Bishop, but couldn't in good conscience. He seemed to care more for the rich and the famous than for the common people and for those in need. Bishop appeared to avoid voters in my area which is centered on Michigan's capital city. He had no accessibility.
Being retired and depending on my pension and social security, he seemed to give lip service to the worries and concerns of senior citizens. I found a sentence or two on campaign mailings where he stated his desires in a very general way. But there was not much more. I also depend on Medicare which I've paid into all my working life. Republicans have touted how they wanted to reduce these benefits. Bishop seemed to be silent.
Then I saw Slotkin's television commercials. She seemed to be a real person with a real family and an understanding of how government works. I was impressed enough to vote for her.
Did I get any of those around me to vote for her? You bet.
She won. Will she be a communicator with the people she represents? I hope so.