When someone runs for office, I always wonder what makes them tick. Lee Domingue is running for the Senate seat in District 16 of the Red Stick. Why are the political pundits and his opposition, Dan Claitor, so frightened of him?
Research shows that Lee Domingue was chosen as 2008 Business Person of the Year for developing a billion dollar business, App One, out of the basement of a rent house.
This honor puts Domingue in the league of past winners such as Lee Michael Berg, Mike Wampold, Bob Davidge, Kevin Reilly, Jr., Gary Mockler, Charlie Valluzzo, Tom Sawyer and a barrage of Red Stick community leaders. The list is like a who’s who of successful individuals, so I took note and thought Domingue must be a guy worth betting on.
Cyrus International was mentioned in the article announcing Domingue as a man who felt a ‘true calling’. A look at this organization that Lee Domingue and his wife created indicates they have a three prong mission: Cyrus’s TraffickingHOPE campaign combats human trafficking by providing safe houses, medical care, legal support, rehabilitation and vocational training to victims, Cyrus’s OrphanHOPE campaign provides relief to orphans by supplying water, food, shelter, clothing and medical aid around the world, and Cyrus’s DreamHOPE campaign works with inner city groups to develop Dream Centers to educate and train youth and give them opportunities to succeed in life.
This equates to Domingue sharing his wealth to effect other’s lives in a positive way which impressed me. There were other things about Domingue that caught my attention including his faith and self-proclaimed changes in his personal life. Faith can change everything.
Both Domingue and Calongne were mocked about their faith in a commentary stating “they appear to be off to a fine christian start”. In this same blog, Domingue was specifically targeted as unfit for the office of Senate because his lifestyle changed due to his new found faith in God. Evidently, the goal was to attack his past and discredit any change. That was a mistake by the Claitor camp.
It is amazing to me that you can attack someone for a positive change in their life. It would be like attacking an alcoholic that made a positive change by choosing to no longer drink. What the?
All blogging aside, I believe candidate’s lives and records are open for inspection. However, I do not believe that any candidate’s faith or attendance at ANY church is open for attack. In fact, here’s a little secret: Attacking anyone’s faith is ignorant and always backfires. As they say, Karma is a …..
Let’s be clear, politics is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, for those strong individuals who hold family and their faith in high regard. The history of our country has been built upon “In God We Trust”. Let’s not attack the very foundation on which we stand. On my About Red Stick Republican page, I list my favorite quote from author Malcolm Gladwell:
“What must underlie successful epidemics, in the end, is a bedrock of belief that change is possible, that people can radically transform their behavior or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus”.
This is what apparently happened to Lee Domingue. It begs the question of what legacy we leave behind.
I hope to one day have a conversation with Lee Domingue and tell him that I support the positive things he is doing to make our community and the world a better place. When time permits, I hope to read his book, Pearls of the King.
After looking into Domingue’s past failures, current successes and the mission of Cyrus International, I believe what makes him tick is something District 16 voters need: A champion that is willing to be transparent, openly share their past, prove that success is possible in spite of past failures and be a living example that we can positively change our world if we are just willing to answer the call.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican