Robin Nardi: An introvert steps out for Warren

Published: 12/3/2019 12:36:33 PM

There is no luxury in winning political office. It is grueling work. It requires a volunteer to go out and talk to people. This summer, I did some canvassing for Elizabeth Warren in Keene, New Hampshire.

They have lots of hills in Keene and my knees are not the best, so after three days of canvassing in the heat, I gave up on this one.

Volunteers talk to folks. Yet, I am an introvert. The thought of calling folks on the phone is chilling. I did march in January in Boston in 2017. I guess I could learn to do some calling. I remember the sign that said, “It is so bad that even the introverts are out.” I had to laugh because it was so true. I would have to learn how to talk to strangers.

For Elizabeth Warren, I would do almost anything. I made my first call. It turned out to be a Trump supporter. I will not share the details here, but let’s just say it went uphill from then on. I have enjoyed learning to chat about all kinds of issues with people. I have had some success getting the voters to sign up to canvas in Keene. I tell them what fun it is to knock on doors.

Keene folks are like all the rest of us. We are all worried about our country. As I found myself becoming comfortable chatting with folks on the other end of the line, I inadvertently made a mistake one night. I said something negative about another candidate that had recently joined the race. Nothing really terrible, but just not “up to Warren standards.”

I was reminded later by the staff in a kindly manner not to denigrate any other candidate because that was Elizabeth’s policy. Hence, it proves my point that Warren’s standards are high and I must learn to live up to them myself. That is the reason she is the best person for the job and why this introvert has learned to talk on the phone for hours.

Roberta Nardi


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