Do I actually live in a democratic society?
Does my voice matter?
Do people with more money have the right to bigger voices and more influence?
Is there anyone at all who will fight for the little people?
U.S. House of Representatives in the 27th district of New York State. Nate
cares about the people of the large district, which encompasses eight counties.
It is a diverse district that includes countryside, villages, small towns, and
small cities. It is a district full of people who also have wondered if their
voices matter. For six years, they have had a representative who cared more about his donors than about his constituents. Chris Collins never held town hall meetings, and there are parts of the district that has has never once visited.
Nate understands people who struggle because he was one of them. When Nate was just four years old, his father passed away, leaving his mother to raise six sons and one daughter on her own. It was very challenging for them economically. “When I was in high school, I used to have to help my mom clean doctors’ offices. There was a time that we cleaned doctors’ offices all night. That’s the only way that we could get by. My mom worked all day and, after school, my brothers and I would go clean with her all night long. So there was one time when we were going out there, and she said to a doctor ‘hi.’ The doctor said to her, as he was on his way out of the office, ‘Don’t you have some urinals to clean?’ So I felt powerless to help her. It made me think that, for the rest of my life, I’m going to stand up for what’s right. Life is too short and, if someone needs my help, I’m going to stand up and do the right thing.”
Nate has traveled throughout the entire district. He’s marched in parades and he’s visited county fairs. He’s listened to people at house parties and at barn storm rallies, and he has heard the stories of people who struggled, people who needed his help.
He said, “Where ever I go… Batavia, Albion, and other places, I see poverty. I see families that are
struggling far more than my family struggled. I don’t want to give away the
farm. I don’t want to give away all of our cash or ruin the country, but I want
to make sure that they have an opportunity at a good life and they have an
opportunity to go to school and they have an opportunity to improve their
Nate has a connection with his Western New York community, as well as with people who struggle. “We have such an incredible abundance of beauty here. It is the most
beautiful place in the entire world. Eighty percent of North America’s fresh
water is flowing by here (Grand Island), right now. Twenty percent of the world’s fresh water.”
When Nate first announced that he was running for Congress, there were who dismissed Nate as a Don Quixote type who was tilting at windmills. They said that Nate didn’t have a chance. Of course, that was before Mr. Collins was indicted on charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, and with lying to the FBI.
At the start, only one member of Congress expressed confidence in Nate. That was the late Rep. Louise Slaughter, who represented the Rochester area. Nate said, “I was told that this was a throw-away race. One person told me to fight. It was Louise Slaughter. She was the only member of Congress who agreed to meet with me. She looked me in the eye. She was power. She was fierce. She said, Nate, if you get into this thing, I’m going to ask you one thing: Fight like hell!”
It’s not a throw-away race any more. I believe that Nate will win the election and that he will be someone who will be instrumental in making change. Change that is needed. Change that will make our world a better place. Change that will help the little people, not just the people with money and the right connections. It’s all about fighting like hell. Nate fights for Western New York. He fights for the little people who are the verge of losing hope. He fights for our future. He said, “I realize that you can lose a lot, but you can’t lose your dignity, and you can’t lose the fact that you have to fight for what’s right.”
Give ’em hell, Nate. We are closer to the finish line in this race in this race, and, I believe, closer to victory.