Me: How was it? How did it go? What did she say? What did you say? What happened?
Primo: Oh my gosh! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!
Primo: SHE'S A DITZ!!!
Me: But - her facebook page and her website are so polished!
Primo: Yes, but she is a horrible speaker!
Me: You were not a good speaker when you started, either.
Primo: No! It takes time! I mean, she comes across as a nice person and everything, but she sounded kind of - clueless.
Me: What do you mean?
Primo: It's not just that her speaking style isn't good. That's understandable. It's that she has no depth. She doesn't even know what she's talking about. She doesn't come across as serious or thoughtful.
Me: What did she talk about?
Primo: [Candidate from the next district*] and I spoke first. We are both deeply involved. I have been really involved with education issues. He's been the city council president for a few years. We both had a lot to talk about that gave us credibility - about what we want to accomplish and about what we have been involved in.
[*A federal prosecutor and is very active in our city politics - I know him from serving on a board with him for a few years. He is very smart, very knowledgeable, and has a ton of gravitas. Just like Primo.]
Me: OK. What did she say?
Primo: She didn't have much! She cited attending a town hall that [our congressman] conducted - the one where they had the videotape of him being cranky - as her involvement! She was in the tape protesting.
Me: Wait. She used attending a congressional town hall as an example of her political involvement?
Me: But - I have been to several town halls. I don't think that constitutes deep involvement.
Me: Not that I think you have to be deeply involved. I think it's OK for people to run, even as novices. Everyone has to start somewhere. And I honestly don't want professional politicians.
Primo: Nope. Other guys in the legislature are desperate - this is their job - it's the only thing they know how to do.
Me: Not you.
Primo: Nope. And yeah - it's OK for someone to be new. I was new. But I'm the one they know in this district. I'm the one who can win in November.
Me: The [other side] would eat her lunch!
Primo: I know. There's no way she could be in a serious debate.
Me: I never expected this plot twist.
Primo: Me neither! Maybe this is just a few people from the neighborhood? If it's [Big Political Figure] backing her, it's really insulting! If BPF did recruit someone to run against me, it's kind of offensive that they would pick someone so insubstantial.