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'F' as in Frank

In it to $pin it

Unless you've been in a cave for the past week or so you've no doubt heard about candidates establishing "exploratory commissions" to decide whether to enter the 2008 presidential campaign.

The networks and news channels report each announcement with breathless anticipation, though we're still a year away from the primaries and caucuses and almost two years from the 2008 presidential election.

I can almost picture a bleary-eyed Dan Rather somewhere in newsdom announcing, "We are now projecting that (candidate's name) is developing an exploratory committee. Yes, he is developing a committee. Why folks there's more tension here than an elevator shared by Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell."

Okay, I digress. I exaggerate.

Because there is good reason why would-be candidates are lining up on the internet to announce their committees: by law it allows their campaigns to receive donations.

It's estimated that $100 million is required for a presidential campaign. So the candidates are not only in it to win it, they are in it early to get their campaign contributions rolling in.

So, I'm hereby announcing that I am beginning an exploratory committee to consider a run for President. Joni will evaluate domestic issues and our tail-wagging lab, Brandi, will provide public relations.

But I'm not in it to win it, folks, unless millions of Americans are crazy enough to write my name in on their ballots.

No, I'm in it to spin it.

That is, instead of seeking campaign contributions I'm asking Lower Valley residents to continue giving both time and finances to the church or charity of their choice.

From now until March 21-the extent of my "exploratory committee" phase-let me know, even anonymously, how many dollars and/or hours you've given to church or charity as a result of this column.

Or in spite of it, for that matter.

In my March 21 column I'll announce how many volunteer hours and how much money were donated during that time frame.

If the totals, say, add up to or top 50 hours and $500 then I may have to continue my "run" for the presidency and see just how much our local charities, causes and churches can benefit.

Keep in touch, now, and stay tuned.

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