The LGBT community in D.C. and our allies on Jan. 15 will make a statement about who we believe should be the next president of the United States. It is still an open question as to whether Hillary Rodham Clinton will throw her chapeau into the ring, but if she does there will be many ready to work hard to elect her.
The sponsor of the event is the PAC Ready for Hillary, a grassroots effort to convince Hillary to run. It started small but there are now 12 full-time staff members and thousands of volunteers across the nation working with them to convince Hillary that we need her. Some talk about dynasties or suggest that Hillary is too old; or fear her election would be a step backwards. But if you think they are wrong this is your opportunity to join with millions of others making it clear that we think Hillary represents the future. Her experience and wisdom are what is so exciting about her potential candidacy.
The Ready for Hillary PAC will be watched carefully with some believing it may be the model for all future candidates wanting to run for president; or it could turn out to be just a Hillary phenomenon. It is a political organization building a nationwide professional field operation without a candidate in the race. This has never been done before. Some compare it to the operation built around Barack Obama’s candidacy in 2008 but that occurred after he announced.
This is the second Ready for Hillary event in D.C. After this, supporters will focus their attention on other cities across the nation. The first D.C. event in December attracted more than 450 people, a diverse, mostly straight crowd that skewed young. Eavesdropping on their conversations was fun. They were mostly about what Hillary had accomplished and what she meant to them. They were about her work for women and children and her experience as Secretary of State. How people related to Hillary seemed to be a product of their age and when they first heard about her. Some of the older women chatted about Hillary’s work for the Children’s Defense Fund with Marion Wright Edelman and her work as a congressional staffer, while others in the room hadn’t been born when she held those jobs.
But this is what the passion for Hillary Rodham Clinton is all about. It’s personal and she represents many things to many people. She is the chance for a woman to break the final glass ceiling. She is the most well prepared person to ever run for president, including her eight years as first lady and the knowledge she gained from that experience. Her legal background; her work revising the education system in Arkansas; her work as a congressional staffer and U.S. senator; and finally her years as Secretary of State add up to a career unmatched in breadth and scope.
My passion for Hillary was ignited in Little Rock, Ark., in 1990, when she keynoted a conference I ran for the National Association for Gifted Children. I have been enamored with her ever since. I was the only elected Hillary delegate in D.C. in 2008 and while I then became an active supporter, which I still am today of Obama, I want the chance to be a Hillary delegate again and this time see her become the nominee of my party.
Hillary has never wavered from her core principles and from fighting for what she believes is right.
I urge everyone who believes that Hillary should be our next president to join us at Town on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 7-9 p.m. Register at readyforhillary.com/events/outdc. After this second event nearly 1,000 people in D.C. will have paid the $20.16 price of admission and added their name and contact information to Ready for Hillary.
As a charter member of the “I want Hillary for President” group I believe if she runs she will win and we will witness Hillary Rodham Clinton sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.