One of the 59 individuals I spoke with, whom I respect deeply, said running for Congress without any political experience is similar to a little league baseball player trying to make the major leagues. Another one said that if you choose to run, the attacks will come from every direction - my opponent, future opponents, the local GOP, the media and people who just don't like me for whatever reason. One person who was made aware of my potential entry in politics through a friend of mine said, "I will do everything in my power to defeat Tim because the sitting Congressman is a Christian man." This person doesn't know me, but has already decided to support the establishment. I suspect that this person's feelings are rampant in PA District 16.
The support that I have received since my post on Monday has been overwhelming, to say the least. I am also certain that many people think I am crazy for even considering taking this journey to the next level.
It would be easy to remain silent. It would be easy to continue serving my community as the chairman of the annual July 4th Celebration or on the committee of the Zombie Run. It would be easy to walk away from politics even before it starts and let someone else do it. It would be easy to run for the open PA Senate seat in my district to get my feet wet as some have urged me to do. It would be easy to serve on a local school board sub-committee or serve as a township supervisor. Still, I have this constant sense that I am to be a voice for those crying out for a change in this nation's direction. Four of those voices are my children (Hannah, Andrew, Grace and Gabrielle).
I hope that you are getting some sense of the magnitude of this decision. Talk about life-changing. I did not wake up one day and say that I want to be a Congressman or that I want to be in politics. In fact, politics has always been the furthest from my mind. I earn a good living, live in a nice house, have tremendous friends, enjoy being a part-time sportscaster on TV, and love serving in my community; quite frankly, I have a good life.
Why would anyone want to give this up for the cesspool that is political life?
Emails from many of my readers and others lately as well as conversations I've had over the past couple of weeks have confirmed that I am being lead to continue taking this journey. There are like-minded people out there who are hungry for a change back to smaller government and for people to take personal responsibility. If I am to be that voice, then so be it. I am confident in my abilities and nothing like public speaking, being on TV, meeting people or raising money scares me. And, not even the establishment scares me.
What I do know is that there is a movement in Washington, DC to challenge the political establishment in both parties in order to restore sound principles that this nation was founded on over 200 years ago. We need representatives, including their aids, to start using common sense - again.
We are longing for our leaders to be authentic, open, transparent, and to make the tough decisions that in the short run, will cause heartache. However, the end result is a healthy nation.
I firmly believe that all of us are born for a specific purpose. What's my purpose? Maybe politics. I'm growing tired of this journey, but for some reason, I can't sleep or put it to bed.
(part three in a couple of days).