Rick Swartz for Allegheny County Executive - Home A real Democrat isn’t afraid to fail.I'm not afraid. And, I've not won past elections. But, in my heart and in my head, I can say with confidence that I've yet to FAIL in any of my campaigns so far, despite the fact that I've not yet gotten close to scoring one move vote than the 2nd place.
I've not failed.
When you are true to your mission, and true to the struggle -- honest and open -- then that's a success.
Candidates can win elections and fail in doing so.
I'm a swim coach. I ask swimmers to better themselves. We look for improvments. We strive for 'best times.'
My best time and your best time may not be one in the same.
Swimmers also like to break records. I've broken a few records. I've helped to make history. That, it seems to me, is hard to do when it is called a failure.
I was part of the 2001 primary between two candidates. We were in the opposition party. That was the first time in generations that two were seeking the nomination. I left that party a few years later. The next time, in 2005, they went to one candidate, Joe Weinroth. Now in 2007, they went to none.
In 2001, we ran against Tom Murphy. We predicted certain things that came true. We didn't win in 2001 -- but we won on some important points. The Murphy Administration was pushing the city over the brink and a lot of Dems in town didn't know it, didn't want to understand it, and didn't think it was real. We won credit for that then.
And, that credit helped to insure that Tom Murphy would NOT be able to run again for office the next time. Tom Murphy debated the opponents in the 2001 campaign once -- on the Sunday night before the Tuesday election. That was his last debate.
Tom Murphy won the battle but lost the war. That's not a failure.
There have been a lot of victories and wins. We've had success in runnnig. We've had some bumps in the road too.
Hope that the Swartz camapign gets some attention. What do you think about his site and messages?