The question hit home the other day while at a meet and greet for Steve’s campaign. For those of you who live outside Denver, yes, we are still in the midst of campaign fever. But only for two more weeks; the election is June 7.
It was Saturday and a small group of supporters were talking about the courage it takes to run for political office. We were among friends so I chimed in to say what a triumph this experience has been for Steve, win or lose. Because everywhere he goes the underlying message he sends is “This is who I am. This is what I stand for.” In living rooms across the district, at breakfast venues, at front doors, on the phone, Steve has the chance to assert not only his vision, but his essence.
“It really is so American,” remarked our friend Patrick Allen, a Colonel in the U.S. Army who served in Afghanistan as Special Operations Forces Sr. Liaison Officer to the U.S. Embassy from 2009-2010. “To represent your fellow Americans is a privilege because you must be engaged.”
Public service is a privilege. And Patrick’s perspective, in particular, is gripping. One minute he was talking about Steve’s campaign, the next he told us of a soldier from Centennial whom he had encouraged to enlist. That soldier, Brandon Kirton, died in combat, and now Patrick must give his eulogy next week. “I want to say to his parents, young wife, daughter, and friends, that Brandon’s life meant something. He knew what it meant to be in harm’s way while helping to improve the lives of the Afghan people. He did not die in vain.”
Brandon knew where he stood.
We all stand for something. Think about it and answer the call.