Each day until the state convention comes to order on May 18, we shall consider a variety of reasons for endorsing Dan Severson to challenge Senator Amy Klobuchar in November. Follow the series at Fightin Words and check in on the day of the convention for a compilation including the most compelling reason to support Dan Severson.
It’s refreshing to find a candidate with traits you aspire to. As a volunteer on the campaign to elect Dan Severson to the U.S. Senate, I have been afforded a significant amount of face time with the candidate in a variety of settings. One quality I have observed in Dan is an unabashed sense of integrity.
We all know fake people. We have some sense of when we’re being confronted with pretense. Perhaps we even harbor a degree of self-awareness regarding the masks we wear from time to time.
The thing about pretense is, you can’t keep it up for long. Sooner or later, the mask slips and the real you peaks through. As a result, the more time spent in someone’s company, the easier it becomes to determine when they are presenting their true self.
Dan is always Dan. Whether in the privacy of his campaign office, or in the harsh light of a public forum, Dan says what he means and means what he says. The day’s highs and lows never change the quality of his expression. Nor does a given audience change the content of his message.
In the weeks since the field of candidates has been solidified, I have noted some skepticism among the liberty community regarding Dan’s expressed support for their issues. Sadly, some have even mocked his focus on the Constitution, as if it were manufactured in a disingenuous attempt to appeal to liberty delegates.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Dan began as a liberty candidate, which is a why so many of his staff and volunteers are liberty activists. Deference to the Constitution, protection of individual rights, the respect for the lawful powers of the states and the people have always lay at the heart of Dan’s campaign. That’s because they lay within the heart of Dan.