As with every election campaign, I am out on the streets and talking up my preferred candidate or cause. This time out, just like with Lisbon 2, I have left Fine Gael behind to support a different group.
If you weren’t aware, I am supporting Mary Davis for the Irish Presidency. There are many reasons for this. but I think she is best placed to represent Ireland abroad and to engage Irish communities at home.
On Friday I went on my first canvass for the presidential election. We decided to canvass the Cork City V Finn Harps match in Turners Cross. The last time I canvassed this I didnt get a great reaction as we were campaigning for a yes vote for Lisbon 2, so I was a litte apprehensive, but boy did i get a surprise.
The reaction for Mary Davis was amazing, I have never canvassed for a candidate and got such a positive response. Granted a few people were saying ” We dont need a president” etc and a few had made up their minds, but overall a lot of people were interested in Mary and contemplated voting for her. A few people of course wasn’t sure who she was but once we said she was an independent candidate they did become interested.
There was a bit of slagging about the “Airburshing/Image enhancement” but someone show me a candidates poster which hasn’t been airbrushed!
It will be interesting to see how the campaign develops after the debates and as the candidates get more coverage.
I will of course continue the Diary as the campaign continues
- PollWatch: RED C/Paddy Power #aras11 (stephenspillane.com)
- Pollwatch: RED C/SBP Polls September 25th (stephenspillane.com)