“Communicating wth Congress”
Conversation with Al Judd
Wednesday, April 19th, 7-8pm
UU Church of Ellsworth
121 Bucksport Rd.
Al Judd has decades of leadership experience in political campaigns and state and federal government. He will offer insights for how to strategize your communication with congress and make them want to listen to you. Following is a description of what he’ll be talking about and below that is detailed information about Al’s work experience. Al plans to leave a lot of time for your questions and comments. Come join us!
My idea is to talk about what I have observed to be the most effective forms of communication with members of Congress, what the importance of Congressional committees is, how to think strategically about selecting topics to address, how to understand which office-holders are most and least likely to be influenced by such communications, the importance of personal stories and local connections, the differences in impact between obvious mass efforts vs. individual communications, and how resistance actions such as undertaken by Indivisibles fit into the larger political context.
Some of that sounds like a rehash of the Indivisibles Guide, but it isn’t. Much of what I would like to say reinforces and augments that Guide, but much of what I think I can usefully comment on goes beyond that.
As to experience, the ones of principle interest are politics, lobbying, public relations and finance. Early in my career I worked as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts legislature, in a staff position for the Mayor of Boston, as a national staff member of the Muskie for President campaign, as a field director for the McGovern for President campaign, in several staff positions for the Governor of Pennsylvania (some of which involved working directly with members of the state legislature), and as the point person for the White House for the off-site Federal response to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Then I spent 34 years as a manager at the U. S. Small Business Administration, first as the program head of the Federal disaster loan program (sometimes called “America’s disaster bank) and then as the director of operations for the western half of the nation. At the SBA, I worked closely with the Congress, the political appointees at the SBA, the appointed heads of other Federal agencies, the White House staff, Governors and heads of many state agencies.