My Defeat.

 

FrChristmas Morning 2010 I-70 Denver, Colorado. From August to January I was employed as an Over the Road (OTR) Truck Driver for the Salt Lake City, Utah based Central Refrigerated Service Inc. During this time I literally covered thousands of miles across geography, markets, individuals and what I believe is a direct correlation to New Hampshire politics. This is my story…

My employment as a driver with Central Refrigerated Service Inc. ended almost exactly as my defeat in New Hampshire politics. I was just coming into it.

Life is like this.

When I started as a driver it was just like being a freshman in the NH House everything was new and I mean everything. From a new environment to the many complex rules and procedures that have to be followed for no other reason than safety. My first term was literally consumed by learning whether this was the house rules or the procedures in serving on a committee, in my case it was transportation. This is alongside the challenges of responding to constituents, which is a feat in itself. The second term went better by now I’d figured out the process and was now serving on Science, Technology & Energy which, at the time was not stealthy and fast-moving but the legislation due to its complex nature not only flowed easier but the workload here was substantially less enabling me to focus more on the issues of my district. I think my downfall really began when I voted for Gov. Shaheen’s ABC plan for education which later passed the house. In addition to be questioned by the house leadership, quite a number of constituents and community leaders were unhappy with this vote and somehow I sensed that I’d pay for this vote and I did. I ended up being defeated in the primary. I voted for the ABC plan as it was nearly identical to the house version(s) or what was being proposed by Speaker Sytek and I thought by at least getting a settlement this legislation, if passed, would enable resources to be directed to the whole point of the bills in the first place: improving education in New Hampshire.

Trucking ended up the same way. I literally spent the first month(s) just trying to survive and trying to navigate through what is expected as a driver and believe it or not the driving portion of this position is only about 50% of this job the rest of it involves the planning, communicating and organizing to get the loads picked up and delivered safely and on-time. In any case, after the first month I started coming into the job and understanding the geographic areas that I was operating in namely, the Midwest to the Western part of the United States and ironically, my best run would prove to be my last.

To Be Continued