Anyone who runs for political office finds it necessary to have a really nice family photograph.
The first year my senator ran, we used our family Christmas card picture. Four years later, we did the same. Although, in honesty, we knew a re-election was around the corner, so we hired that same wonderful, professional photographer which proved to be a very smart move. When young children are involved, I have found it to be a lot easier to get them to “smile” in a picture they thought was for a Christmas card then if it were for daddy’s campaign.
So, they don’t like being used as props…go figure. I was just proud to have pulled it off… Christmas card and possible campaign picture – two for the price of one. Well, sort of. That very nice and wonderful photographer allowed us to use his photo for campaign purposes even though a small fee was involved. Just chalk that one up to the price of doing business.
Here are the two infamous campaign photos.
Campaign Photo #1
Campaign Photo #2
It goes without saying that Campaign Photo #3 is out there looming on the horizon.
Just think, if you have a great family photo, then you too have just met the first requirement of running for public office.
Love, the Senator’s wife
P.S. More political paraphernalia coming soon!
It is a new day in Oklahoma politics, especially at our state capitol where the Republicans have taken control of the state senate for the first time in our 101 year history. Recently, my senator returned from a caucus meeting at the capitol where they discussed ‘caucus stuff’. Please note that a security clearance must be required to learn what they talked about because they certainly won’t tell you the details of what went on in that room. I have this image of a bunch of men with their sleeves rolled up, sitting around smoking cigars. Kind of like the t.v. series Madmen, except they are not drinking whiskey at 10:00 a.m. down at the capitol – at least not yet.
The political terminology used down at the capitol can be rather amusing – especially if you have absolutely no idea what the words mean. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sine Die – Indefinitely ( They use this word signifying the last day of the legislative session. So, I assume that means they plan to adjourn indefinitely.)
President Pro Tempore – The Senator who presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President. One can safely assume that the ‘Pro Tem’ is always presiding because the Vice President rarely makes it to Oklahoma.
Whip – A member of the legislative body, charged by his party with enforcing discipline and insuring attendance. As in Whip in, or to keep together, as members of a political party. (How about whipping it up a little bit Senators!)
And, then my favorite: PEW, Post Election Withdrawl Syndrome- an ailment from which I am currently suffering.
I am a politician’s wife, stay at home mother of two who is constantly flying by the seat of her pants! I have a passion for motherhood, family, my faith and the United States of America. Six years ago, my smart and sweet husband entered the political world as a businessman, with the hopes of providing an environment for individuals and businesses to succeed. I learned very quickly that politics is a contact sport.
Over the past six years our family has campaigned, knocked doors, waved signs, endured mountains of political praise and negative attacks, while I have watched from the sidelines how the deals get done. Even better, my husband’s political involvement has instilled in our children a passion for our history and the world around them. The lessons they have learned are invaluable and I am convinced this knowledge and experience has positively impacted their lives and will guide them to make wise decisions as adults. For this I am grateful.
However, having four political junkies under one roof does lead to many interesting, and often heated, discussions. While my husband and I disagree on several hot button issues, we agree on many others. This makes for good political fodder. Yet, I have also learned that there are some topics we don’t bring up at the dinner table. Regardless, politics from the inside has provided me with an amazing story, one that I have waited much too long to tell.