Meet Republican Dwight Patel

My granddad use to tell me how he hasn’t worked a day in his life, (if you call building a businesses and putting in 80 hours a week not working) and never really understood that until I got older. Now, looking back as a former political operative, turned developer, turned designer, turned entrepreneur I am able to reflect on that view. For about the last 20+ years when I wake up, I have been doing what I love, and work doesn’t feel like a place to go, I have many friends who dread the day-in and day out grind of their jobs. Not for me, as I love how I am able to pull aspects from all of the best of my collective life experiences for my day-to-day life. Then again, I am unusual in the fact that I have positively loved every stage of my life; I have loved all the challenges, changes and prospects of new adventures. I think that is what my granddad meant when he said, “when you love what you are doing, you’ll never work a day in your life.” with that said, I am lucky enough to say that I haven’t worked a day in my life.


While in college he got his first paid political job working for Candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1990, Bill Shepherd, Dwight says, “Bill Shepherd was the most unique candidate for Governor, because he had his wife as his running mate.” Shepherd and Shepherd lost in the fall election of 1990. While in College Dwight Interned for Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, twice once his freshman year and again his junior year. In 1992 Dwight was youth Director for Pete King for Congress, NY-3, (became NY-2 in 2013). In 1993 Dwight went to work on the George Allen for Governor Campaign in Virginia. Over his career in politics Dwight has managed campaigns in New York, New Jersey, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.


Dwight Patel, first got interested in politics at a young age watching the 1976 GOP Convention. Dwight was always a Republican in 1980 in his third grade class he was one of 4 kids who voted for Reagan in the Mock Election, John Anderson got 1 vote and 19 went to Jimmy Carter.

In high school  Dwight Patel, Marcus Alzona, David Talcott, Elisa Bocanegra, Kirk Waibel, Wayne Tung, Sven Khatri and Keary Loomis started the first High School Republican Club in Maryland, called the Blazer Republicans group at Montgomery Blair High School.


I truly believe in the American dream of pulling one’s self up by the bootstraps. I have heard too many stories within my family and outside of my family of how people came to America with little as $20.00 in their pocket, and through hard work, they achieve the American Dream.

In America, if you work hard, you can get ahead. I think the best thing the Federal, State, or local governments can do it get out of the way of the people.

I have heard too many stories from a former Iceman from Baltimore, with a 7th Grade education to immigrants who come to America with little as $20 dollars in pocket to achieving the American Dream. If your listen to the left today they’d say the “American Dream” is dead, but they are WRONG. There is ONLY an American Dream and it is alive and well. We see it when legal aliens become US Citizens, for many that is the happiest day of their lives.

This is what makes America Exceptional anyone from anywhere can live the American Dream. Let’s face facts there isn’t a German, French or English Dream. Its an American Dream it is a live and well. The progressive left fails to understand the dream. To be successful you need hard work and opportunity and too many of our policies prevent upward mobilization. Too many policies trap people to a class — keep them in a cycle of poverty and reliance on the welfare of others.

America is a lot like the proverb “…You can take a horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink…” America is the water plenty and bountiful, but one most take a drink from America.

Everyone who works hard in America, will succeed in America!