Aaron E. Ringel on Campaign Strategy and 2010 Midterm Elections
November 25, 2010
New York Campaign manager Aaron E. Ringel participated at the conference “How to Communicate Politics” at the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno on November 22nd. Mr. Ringel, who helped elect Michael Grimm (R) into Congress in New York’s 13th congressional district, held a workshop on campaign organization and strategy, with a particular focus on getting out the vote (GOTV). In a speech to students in Brno and Prague, Mr. Ringel also provided valuable insights into the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections and gave hints on the Republican strategy for the 112th Congress.
Aaron E. Ringel’s speech at the American Center was the last in a series of discussions on the 2010 midterm elections, following up talks by Fulbright scholar John Sumser and Milos Calda of the Charles University. When asked about the key issue to a successful campaign, Mr. Ringel emphasized the importance of volunteers and grass-roots outreach.
On November 2, 2010, Americans went to the polls to choose 33 Senators and 435 Representatives. The Republican Party achieved a historic victory by gaining at least 65 seats in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the Democrats were able to keep a majority, but lost six seats. President Obama now faces a changed political landscape – the GOP’s strengthened position in the U.S. Congress will influence his agenda for the remaining two years in office. The White House legislative agenda will be introduced soon – in January 2011, during President’s State of the Union Speech.