I'm a Nudist and I Vote

Living in an upscale nudist resort as I do provides so many fun opportunities that it's difficult to choose one to describe. Instead, I'll tell you about a unique fun nudist experience that has probably never occurred before, but that you can replicate for yourself (and help advance the nudist cause at the same time). It happened in a Congressman's campaign office before an election. I volunteered a few hours almost every day in the office. The party's county committee used one room of the Congressman's office suite to distribute local candidates' campaign signs, literature, buttons, etc. I mixed a few "I'm a Nudist and I Vote" buttons in with the other campaign buttons. A few days later, a middle-aged woman from the Congressman's paid staff wandered in and began browsing the offerings. She exclaimed, "Where did they come from?" when she spotted my buttons.

The county chairperson replied, "Fred brought them in."
"Where did he get them?"
"I don't know, but he's a nudist and has connections."
She hustled into the room where several others and I were working and said, "I just heard you're a nudist. Is that true?"
"Only partially," I replied, "I've only been a nudist for about 25 years."
"But you don't look like a nudist," she protested.
"I don't in a business office, but you wouldn't say that if you saw me at home or in my neighborhood," I replied.
"In your neighborhood?" she exclaimed.
"Yes, I live in an upscale nudist resort."

Well, of course, that news spread like a wildfire to the several dozen other campaign workers and after that, there was frequent good-natured banter about me being a nudist. One day the office supervisor bragged that she would be working from home the next day and would spend the whole day in her PJs. I remarked that when I work from home I do her one better. She thought about it for a moment and then replied, "Yeah, I guess you probably do!" I'm still wondering if maybe her PJ top came off for a while that day. After that, I made a habit of wearing the button to all of the meetings we had with local candidates and their campaign managers. Some of those candidates and campaigners will goo n to careers in politics, and the good news is that they now know a nudist who helped their campaign. They will carry a positive image of nudism everywhere they work.

And lest you think some of the acceptance I received may have been superficial, you should know that the campaign created a new Super Volunteer Award and presented it to me at the Congressman's victory party. And yes, the Congressman was elected and now serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I'm on a first name basis and interact regularly with members of his staff. On the one occasion I've had to bring an issue to them, they called the right aide in Washington and asked him to call me. You can bet I had his attention when we talked!

Now is a great time to join and become an active member of your party's local committee. They're starting to lay the groundwork and develop plans for their upcoming campaigns. You'll have time to get to know the candidates and you'll get their attention as a valuable campaign volunteer they'd like to have on their teams. Volunteer and contribute a few dollars to the campaigns of a few of the better ones. First time local candidates are especially desirable. Their campaigns are typically under-staffed and under-funded, so a good supporter becomes their friend for life. You'll have their cell phone number and they'll be glad to talk to you even years later when they have moved on to higher offices. If an opportunity arises and you're comfortable doing it, casually mention that you're a nudist. You'll be the first to know if they become aware of an issue involving nudity. Even if you haven't told them you're a nudist, you can confidently discuss a nudity issue with them later on because they will respect your privacy to keep your support.

Yes, campaigning can be hard work and time-consuming, but you'll be working with some wonderful people who are dedicated to making our country a better place for our children and grandchildren. It's also great for you and the nudist community to have friends in "high places" when an anti-nudity issue raises its ugly head. And then, when the election results come in and your candidate is declared winner, the thrill of joining the celebration at your candidate's victory party is indescribable!

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.