Most people don’t know dangers or refute the advice given to them about certain people in politics because they’re so eager to get in or get ahead. Foolish.
The number one rule in politics is, once you’ve rubbed elbows with specific people, that elbow is yours to keep FOREVER. This game is about LOYALTY & TRUST. Rub elbows with the wrong people and the wrong person’s loyalty & trust you will have to keep, because others will keep (remember) it for you.
I give advice all the time and people think I’m just being some way, but me not favoring a particular person is HUGE. I simply do not mix business with people who do not align with what I believe in regards to the foundation of political service. I hear it all the time when people come back to me for the limping/injured dog talk. I tell them, “Do you see what I was talking about? I know it seemed like I was being irrational and flat-out mean, but they haven’t changed since yesterday. You just failed to see it.” Them: I know, I know or I always kinda knew it.
I don’t say anything because if it makes them feel better, whatever. Truth is, if they agreed with me, then they would have never done business with them in the 1st place. Period.
Taking multiple trips to D.C. and other places in one season to meet some iconic people who will not remember you, attending multiple receptions and after parties, plus conferences with good seats, is not worth the negative stigma you will forever carry.
Yea some will debate that they will have the memory and photos of everything as evidence of success. Sure. But, I hope those memories and photos are sufficient. Because that’s ALL you’ll have at the end of the season. Political careers, just like an NFL career are TEMPORARY!
Stick with the people who will carry your name, career, and service for a lifetime after you’ve decided, if so, to move on.
I no longer advise the people who refute my knowledge in any way. No need to convince anyone I’m right. Plus it’s a pool I no longer want to stick my feet in. I’ll mand it, but I’m no longer a swimmer. So just be careful who you sit with.