Whiskey, Cigars, and the Philadelphia Eagles
Politicians don’t think like us, so it’s no wonder they don’t act like us in Washington.
The past few days have been interesting.
After announcing my exploratory committee for U.S. House of Representatives, I received a tremendous outpouring of support from friends, neighbors, and people throughout the Lehigh Valley. Thank you for being so encouraging!
But I also experienced first-hand how professional politicians think differently than the rest of us.
On the home page of my exploratory website (www.dellicker.org), I posted a family picture. It’s our Dellicker Christmas card from December 2020. And that’s where the trouble began.
“You can’t post that picture,” said one concerned political insider.
“You must replace it right away,” said a well-meaning expert.
“Why?” I asked, “It’s a nice family picture.”
The expert explained. “The boy on the left is wearing a New York Giants t-shirt. There are lots of die-hard Eagles fans in the Lehigh Valley, and you don’t want to offend those voters right out of the gate.”
And so, it begins.
The “boy on the left” is my son Eli, who first started watching football at age 3. He thought it was cool that another guy named Eli was the quarterback in the Super Bowl. He’s been a Giants fan ever since.
I’m guessing that when you saw that picture of my family and me, you probably didn’t immediately consider its political implications on the Philadelphia Eagles special interest voting bloc. I didn’t either. That’s one of the differences between us and them. Politicians try to please everybody and end up pleasing nobody.
So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I want to reveal a few more things about some other photos on the www.dellicker.org website:
That picture of me in the woods wearing hunter orange is cropped so you can’t see the buck I shot. The political experts think I did that to appease the anti-hunting crowd. Actually, I cropped it because the deer had a really small rack, and I thought my hunter-friends would make fun of me.
When I took the picture of my three sons by the pickup truck, I was smoking a cigar. The experts must be relieved that you can’t make out the wisp of smoke in the foreground.
And, that photo of me on the front porch with the sunglasses on my head? I’m pretty sure I was sipping a glass of whiskey at the time.
Please understand. I don’t want to deliberately offend people. We’ve had enough of that in our politics lately. If I decide to run, I hope I don’t lose a single vote because somebody thinks I’m rude or disrespectful.
But I’m not a “Ken Doll” to be dressed up, or an actor, or a prop. I’m not a politician. I’m just an ordinary guy like you who wants to help his country get back on track.
And ordinary guys sometimes have kids who like the New York Giants.