Mommybloggers Seeking to Meet with Presidential Candidates
It began with BlogHer '07. We came, we saw, and we loved Elizabeth Edwards's keynote. We talked with Dana Singiser of the Clinton campaign and we were excited about the first viable woman candidate for President. But where was Obama, the Chicago native? As news of the small Obama lunches and dinners made it around, Kim at the Chicago Moms Blog began asking - why can't we try and meet with Barack or his wife, Michelle?
Now, some of the mommybloggers attached to the virtual franchise, Silicon Valley Moms Blog, along with the Chicago Moms Blog, DC Metro Moms Blog, and New York Moms Blog, are working to get meetings with all of the candidates. With the women's vote so key in this election - particularly the married womens' vote, many of whom are moms, why not meet with us (disclaimer: I'm a SVMoms contributor) and show why moms should want to vote for you?
The wheels are turning. The discussion is heating up. We got an official no from Michelle Obama. We've had some online conversation with Elizabeth Edwards. Now, we may be able to meet with John Edwards. But it shouldn't stop with the Democrats. Republican contributors are saying - "we want Rudy" and more.
With the Internet shaping some key issues in the debate, particularly around families in politics, mommybloggers are right in the middle of the discussion. I ask other mommybloggers and women bloggers to help us in arranging these meetings, so we can provide greater transparency and get all of the candidates thinking and talking about issues important to us, like plastics in the environment, and affordable healthcare.
*note: If we do get these meetings, I will make sure to keep providing as much news here as possible.
Sarah Granger directed the launch of Gary Hart's blog during the 2004 Presidential campaign.