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Monday Morning Coffee at the Flying M.....A Reminant of my Congressional Campaign!
In 2008 I won my parties nomination for Candidate for the House of Representatives in CD2 of Idaho….I was my parties sacrificial lamb against a 5 term incumbent… Mike Simpson…I ran mostly so the people in the second district would have a choice…I also felt that no one should be able to run for federal office unopposed. So I spent from March to November traveling my huge Congressional District…. Meeting and talking to the wonderful people who live with me in my District… The campaign had very little money so I stayed in supporters homes… I learned more about local issues then I would have staying in hotels and made some really great friends…I was interviewed for TV and newspapers and debated Congressman Simpson twice on statewide TV…. To my credit I did a good job and I am proud…. In October after a very cold event…..Some of we stopped in at the Flying M coffee shop in Boise Idaho. The coffee was good! The people were interested in my message! And most of all it was WARM. The next Monday we started our week with Monday Morning Coffee at the Flying M.
My campaign sign and logo Idaho
The campaign continued and my staff started meeting for coffee at the Flying M coffee shop. I had a fishbowl and some people actually came up an contributed to my campaign and/or asked us questions…. It was a very comfortable place with very good coffee….. My staff was mostly like me (with the exception of my campaign manager) middle aged Democrats… I have since learned most campaigns want young people who can be overworked and have lots and lots of energy…. But that is not important….The Blog isn’t about the Campaigns it is about Monday Morning Coffee at the Flying M.
The election happened…President Obama was elected President….My party sent Democrat Walt Minnick to Congress and I, Debbie Holmes, lost to Congressman Mike Simpson with 29 % of the vote…By the way that was around 83,000 votes at $0.15/vote…. We had formed a core group…. Most of us living in Boise, Idaho.
We wanted to keep doing things….I started the institution of Monday Morning Coffee at the Flying M. It took a long time to develop this core of hard working individuals who liked and respected each other. We didn’t want to just go our own ways…. We stand ready to support Democratic candidates and issues…. We talk about our families… We talk about fun events….We support each other because we have become great friends… We stand ready if one of us decides to run for office again!
So some of us have lost relatives….Some of us have had sorrows….Some of us have had blessings…. Some of us are new and weren’t on the campaign….Sometimes we talk Politics….Often we talk as friends do…About our lives… We organize to go to Democratic events, social events, movies, concerts, etc. together… We even watch the Boise State Broncos together….Many of us don’t even like football but we like being together… We share our joys our, sorrows and our dreams…. Sometimes politicians (in office) come and meet with us….Sometimes we have Candidates come meet with us. Sometimes special interest groups visit… Many of help with causes….The homeless shelter, Politics, the humane society, loan modifications (that’s me :) . We are not afraid to talk to the our Congressmen… We write letters to the editor… We make a difference (no matter how small)… But we always meet at 10 AM for Monday Morning Coffee at the Flying M….
So even though I am a bit busy….My son’s our home….My husband is off… I have real estate stuff to do….I am going to go my Monday Morning Political coffee at the Flying M at 10 AM. So if you have somewhat liberal political views (we are Idaho after all) and you are in Boise, come join us at The Flying M coffee shop at 500 W Idaho St # 100 Boise, ID 83702-5772.