Those were the words from a South Carolinian who happened to have been one of my last Get Out The Vote (GOTV) calls when I asked him if he had gone to the polls on Saturday. He told me he voted for McCain and in his southern accent uttered those words which were burned into my memory right before I went into the shower to get ready for the Victory celebration.
However, my first offline GOTV experience started on January 8th during my wife's birthday dinner at Splash in Long Valley. Sensing that I was a little concerned waiting for the New Hampshire results, Becki Donatelli text messaged me and wrote "Great News. Come Down to SC". So I did arriving on Wednesday in my rented SUV after my flight from Newark Airport.
It was an unbelievable time for me. To think a person that spent 10 years in telecommunications and 5 years in the financial services industry would end up putting together political signs, waving them and planting them in Charleston SC, making important GOTV calls, and even doing a little advanced work helping Senator McCain make a historic win in South Carolina 8 years after he was stopped there in 2000 was unthinkable. I still can't believe it and I was there doing all of that important ground work. To think I started down that path during a lunch meeting with Becki and Adrienne Skinner at the Tribeca Grill in 2004.
When you win by 3% any thing you do helps and I became quite proficient at those GOTV calls. I'm not sure if it was my sexy phone voice or whether my Jersey accent scared the native South Carolinians into thinking Tony Soprano was calling them to get them to the polls. Seriously, the Charleston SC team John McCain had working for him as well as the volunteers from all over the country just did whatever was needed to do to help get our voters out there. That included standing in the rain for over 2 hours in Somerville, SC at a polling station to welcome voters 200 feet from the entrance.
Of course you know it ended with McCain's historic win in South Carolina that gives us the momentum heading into Florida (Don't pay attention to the talking heads on TV saying Romney's win in Nevada was important. Romney won 34 UNPLEDGED delegates and that's why nobody should care about that "win" at this point). I met some new friends including Carlos and Crystal from Senator McCain's Arizona office and hopefully bonded just a little more with co-workers and other McCainiacs. We partied late into the night and I outlasted people 20 years younger at the staff party in downtime Charleston. It really was an amazing event. Enjoy the photos.