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I haven't done a #SundaySoapbox for a bit, so here is one inspired by expectations of women in politics.

This morning I woke up to 3 messages on the same tweet.
I recognize the person I was replying to and have a generally favorable opinion of them, I wasn't mad or upset when responding.

I don't respond in public in the rare moments when I feel upset by someone; I put my device down.

Here is the exchange:
I even know what causes the phenomenon that is underlying the exchange.

I get the most exposure on average with snark on Susan Collins. Twitter is mad at her, so an offhand comment will get thousands of likes and pop up often for my followers.

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Hey twitter -

I'd like to take my regularly scheduled #SundaySoapbox and do a last minute swap to focus on Susan Collins.

Let me preface by reminding you I am not running against Susan at this time, but I do have an election in a month that I could use support for.

#mepolitics
I am a constituent of Susan's. Ever since I have moved here I am astonished at how incredibly effective she is at harnessing people's hope and her words like a damn magician.

Though she is a consistent conservative vote, she is able to focus all eyes on her.

#SundaySoapbox
Let's be clear, Susan is a troll.

Susan is truly brilliant. Absolutely amazing. She captures the hearts and minds of moderates repeatedly despite pulling the football every time.

It's horrific for most constituents, and a blasphemy to representative government.

#SundaySoapbox
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Hey #mepolitics, I found my inspiration for a #SundaySoapbox a day late. It's a holiday, right?

I had someone compare me to @BarackObama last week and minutes ago I had someone reference hope and change.

Let's talk about hope and change.
Change I'm all for, we'll get back to that.

Let's start with hope.

I have to confess, I don't love hope.

Hope...can be kind of a dick.

It teases you.

You *think* something maybe, kind of can happen.

If you just hope enough it'll be right?

MUST. HOPE.

#SundaySoapbox
It's probably my family law background.

Too many really lovely people hoping for their partner, child, parent, etc to be the person they could be if that partner, child, parent, etc if they only changed, which of course they have no desire and/or resources to do.

#SundaySoapbox
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Hey #mepolitics,

Ready for a #SundaySoapbox?

Let's talk about why more women don't run for office.

In my experience, it's about attention...positive and negative attention.

Let me share some.

Warning, there may be some words you don't like here. We censor the ugly too much.
I'm going to stick predominantly to my experience here so I'm not generalizing. I would hope in Maine local elections women experience less of this.

Let's start with the bad attention.

It is almost every day I get some form of negative attention, often lots.

#SundaySoapbox
Yesterday, a really nice person put a post about me on reddit.

It was unsolicited, but appreciated. My campaign runs on fans.

Unsolicited but perhaps less appreciated, this was the first comment.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics

reddit.com/r/Maine/commen…
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Hey #mepolitics -

Ready for a #SundaySoapbox?

Tonight I'd like to discuss "career politicians", and how we should maybe rethink that term.

It gets treated like a bad phrase. We're doing it wrong.

I *want* people in politics to see legislation as a career. Let's discuss.
How do we treat careers if we are serious about them?

We strive for proficiency, keep up on continuing education and try to do a good job...even when no one else is looking, because it is satisfying to be competent and well-respected at your career.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
I regularly hear people advocate for term limits. For some elected roles? Sure.

For Congress? No.

But whyyyyyyy? Won't it get out the crummy reps? No. It will get us *more* crummy reps that are crummier.

Huh? Let me explain.

#SundaySoapbox #mepolitics
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It is incredibly rare you will see me comment on a presidential tweet. I don't think it's a productive way to govern. However, messages like this are dangerous and do actual harm.

Which brings me to this #SundaySoapbox, the press.

#mepolitics
It is absolutely acceptable to criticize the press for specific actions on a specific story (excluding information, using bad optics, bias, etc).

I do this all the time.

#SundaySoapbox
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Let's have a chat #mepolitics.

While I was Downeast with my boys enjoying Milbridge and not being online there was a conversation about me it was interesting to read.

Rather than reply to all the tweets, I'll give you a #SundaySoapbox for #TWPSB.

Side note for those who have never run for office - super weird to read about yourself on twitter.

It's like being at your own funeral and sitting in on the after eulogy chatter by the shrimp dip.

#TWPSB
The way my head works may never be gratifying or specific in the ways @ASFried is looking for. I think it may one day work for @CollinsWatch, though I would imagine I would have much less exciting material than Susan.

I do believe it will work for Maine.

#TWPSB
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Wow. I woke up to a lot of notifications.

I would like to sincerely thank @redistrict for his highly dismissive tweet and point out to @CookPolitical what Dave is missing in this race by skimming candidates with a (hopefully brief) #sundaysoapbox.
I have a pretty niche skill set in a lot of ways - I'm grabbing skills that apply to Congress specifically.

I like reading bills (I know, right?)

I can translate said bills into mostly plain english

I am decent at recognizing unintended consequences before they hit
I tell the truth and deliver those truths in ways most people can hear it

I don't try to change people

I'm not shiny or polished, and don't want to be

I am not financially motivated

I am constitent and unapologetic in my beliefs, shifting only when data or perspective shifts
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