Thank you to all of our volunteers and staff who knocked on doors and turned out the conservative vote needed to win around the country last week! These races were won on the ground and every single voter contact was critical to sending a strong message to Washington that we need to change course.
A dozen American Majority Action employees and volunteers descended on southeast Wisconsin the week before Election Day, knocking on more than 20,000 doors in an effort to get out the vote for Governor Scott Walker whose Nov. 4 win validated a truth liberals fight tooth-and-nail to suppress: that conservatives in the Badger State are not alone.
“It’s interesting when you think about the last couple months — if not the last couple years — it’s interesting the challenges we faced. You see, there was a group out of Washington — Washington-based special interests — who thought they could spend a lot of money and a lot of time in this state and somehow convince the people in this state to be against something,” Walker said during his victory speech.
Volunteers with American Majority Action, a conservative nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing political activists seeking to promote individual freedom and limited government, faced the Republican’s detractors, including apparently polarized residents of downtown Milwaukee and a POLITICO article more frigid than Wisconsin’s six-month winters that alleges the governor was eking by against then-opponent Mary Burke — a propagandized political environment enough to discourage Walker’s most ardent supporters but not the governor himself.
“Well, I got to tell you, I’m an optimist. I believed all along that, if we got a positive message out that — in the end — people in this state wanted to be for something, not against something. And look what happened tonight.”
The gubernatorial election results, he said, indicate those in Wisconsin favor a trajectory of growth for their state.
“You see, the folks in Washington like this top-down approach that’s old and artificial and outdated that says the government knows best. We believe that you should build the economy from the ground up; that’s new and fresh and organic, and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.
The barometer by which the governor will gauge the effectiveness of his message while in office is a simple one.
“In fact, those groups in Washington, they tend to measure success in government by how many people are dependent on the government; by how many people are on unemployment; by how many people are on food stamps; by how many people are Medicaid. We measure success by how many people are no longer dependent on the government.”
Knowing how many Americans resonate with such a message will go a long way as Republicans nationwide flex their newfound purchasing power.
Wisconsin will continue to head in the right direction. Governor Scott Walker has been re-elected.
Now that the votes have been tallied and the dust has settled – it’s a great time to reflect on what it took to win.
A week before Election Day, we were all nervous. Cautiously gauging our strengths and sending emails to encourage friends and family to vote. I sipped my coffee and read the reports coming out of Wisconsin: Walker was locked in a dead heat.
I thought, ‘This guy just has to win. We have to do something to help.’
I knew that American Majority Action was going door-to-door in Wisconsin, encouraging voters to turn out to vote. A few phone calls and emails later, I connected with their local headquarters and assembled a group of activists who emphatically agreed: Walker must stay. We can’t allow extra-legal investigations and well-funded opposition to our free market ideas take him down.
Travel was booked from Florida, North Carolina, New York, Montana, and Washington D.C.. We all wanted to be a part of the Walker three-peat. But what exactly does it take to win?
We descended into cold and windy Wisconsin just in time to hit the doors for the weekend. AMA has a sophisticated grassroots operation in place and we seamlessly got on board. Equipped with mobile devices, walk lists, pro-Walker literature, and heavy coats, we set out into the suburbs of Milwaukee.
“Hi, my name is Corey. I’m volunteering to be sure we re-elect Governor Walker next week and keep Wisconsin heading in the right direction. Can we count on your support?”
Responses such as, “How is Walker going to help the middle class?” really taught me the importance of engaging with voters. Talking points don’t cut it when there are real people trying to make decisions for themselves and their families.
I was struck by those who hissed “I’m a union man” or “I’m a teacher” when asked if they would support Walker. One wonders if it is impossible to both work in education and care about increasing choice for parents, fighting rising tuition costs, and supporting charter schools.
Dogs lurched from front porches, elderly women slammed doors in our faces, and pejoratives were hurled, but we continued to walk the precincts and talk to Wisconsinites about the future of their great state.
Once as we were walking back through a canvassed neighborhood, a man barreled out of his garage to ask if we were the ones who had left the information about Walker. Amidst our nervous culpability, he exclaimed, “Good! If you’re a conservative, you have my vote. If you’re a liberal, then you are trespassing!”
Imagine our relief.
It feels great to win, but that’s not everything. American Majority Action knows that politics is local. They understand the dire need for conservatives to get dirty and do the real work required to win. Victory doesn’t happen overnight. I am proud to have served alongside Matt Batzel and his team. They have been investing in Wisconsin for several years and it’s clear that their work has paid off.
Onward to 2016!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Majority Action Knocks on 50,000th Door to Encourage
Voters to Keep Wisconsin Heading in the Right Direction
November 1, 2014 — American Majority Action (AMA) has made a significant impact in key Wisconsin races with a strong ground-game. AMA and their volunteers have targeted self-described “undecided” voters and made a pitch to them to Keep Wisconsin heading in the right direction. Over the final weeks of the campaign, AMA has focused on mobilizing conservative voters during their Get out the Vote phase.
Matt Batzel, Wisconsin State Director of American Majority Action, said, “Doors are the gold standard of campaign tactics. Wisconsinites have been inundated with TV commercials and radio ads, robocalls and campaign mail pieces. While much attention is paid to the spending on the airwaves, those touches have fleeting impact. But a personal contact with a friendly face at their door makes a lasting impression. We have found great reception on the doors to our message of the need to keep Wisconsin heading in the right direction.”
Over 100 volunteers and staff are using the latest campaign technology, Voter Gravity, which helps them to more efficiently get out the vote through micro-targeting voters. They are working in critical areas of the state including Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Marathon, Waushara, Iowa, Winnebago, and Monroe Counties. The outcome of the election could be determined in these key counties where door knocks have exceeded 50,000 contacts.
In addition to Wisconsin, AMA is also targeting US Senate and House races in Iowa and New Hampshire.
American Majority Action is a conservative organization dedicated to engaging citizens in the political process by mobilizing them in support of candidates who favor limited government, individual freedom and protecting the free market. AMA is founded on the belief that citizen engagement at the local, state and Federal levels will foster needed systemic change to preserve the American dream. American Majority Action coined the term “I Stand with Walker” during the 2011 protests in Madison and has been active in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 elections in Wisconsin. Find out more atwww.americanmajorityaction.org
The latest Marquette University Law School Poll showed a dead heat between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his challenger Mary Burke (47%-47%).
Big Labor targeted Scott Walker with a recall in 2012, yet failed. So they are doubling down again this year. One Big Labor boss just predicted that Scott Walker is on “his way out.” Bill Clinton is visiting Wisconsin on Friday and President Obama is even scheduled to come in himself next week.