The four great men whose faces are carved into Mt. Rushmore had the ability to write their own speeches and connect with voters on their own terms. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln had a set of principles that guided every decision, and they were unaffected by tracking polls or website hits.
In other words, they trusted their instincts.
About two weeks ago, I thought it would be a good idea to interview Phu Nguyen and Allan Mansoor, the two candidates for California's 68th District Assembly seat.
Despite a total of seven attempts and/or conversations with both candidates, I'm still at the idea stage.
The fun started when I went to Mansoor's website in an effort to contact him for the interview. On his website, it reads "Call me directly" and a phone number is listed. But if you call the number, you won't get Mansoor directly. You will get the Sacramento office of Revolvis Consulting, Mansoor's paid advisory company.