I have been involved in politics since my freshman year of college when I campaigned for Mitt Romney. From there, I’ve only gotten more deep in the movement. But things changed when I moved from the campus activism and campaign side of things into the heart of politics and being involved in every facet of this world. Here are 10 things I’ve learned.
The only reason I got my job was because I had connected with the right people during my time throughout college and had proven myself to them. Politics is 100% about who you know, not what you know. Politics might seem like a big world, but everybody knows everybody, which can be both a good and a bad thing. Remember that.
Word travels fast.
When something happens in the political world, that word gets around in about 2.5 seconds. You’d be amazed at how quickly political operatives work to control a narrative that hasn’t technically reached the public yet.
Everything is calculated.
There is no such thing as a mistake in politics. Something doesn’t just magically happen or come out in the news on its own. Everything from when bills are introduced to the withholding of information during Senate hearings and even to what sign is placed where during election season. Everything has a purpose.
Loyalty is key.
Loyalty is imperative in politics. Sticking with the person you’re campaigning for or working for is something that is a given, but this means your loyalty is with this person through thick and thin. When you given them your word, you abide by that. Do not ever bad-mouth your boss in public or in front of others. People have gotten fired for doing so.
There is no such thing as an average work day.
Every day is different, presented with different tasks and challenges. Sometimes I can work from home because not much is going on. Sometimes, I am at work from 7:30am until 9:30 pm or later. This is just the nature of politics. Make sure you have lots of caffeine and snacks on hand.
Kill everyone with kindness but be genuine when you do it.
When someone calls your office upset with something your candidate or boss did, don’t yell back or get frustrated. Just say something like “I understand your concern and I will be sure to let so and so know that you called.” Listen to people’s concerns even when they’re on their soapbox.