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How are points earned?

1. Official Performance (30 points)

  1. Legislators: Bipartisan bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship
  2. Executives: Bipartisan job approval
  3. Candidates without congressional or gubernatorial service: Predictive estimate by statistical modeling

2. Personal Actions (30 points)

  1. Public conversation across political differences
  2. Joining an official from the opposing party for a visit of their district
  3. Membership in a common ground focused caucus (Only U.S. House)

3. Communication (20 points +/-)

  1. Promoting common ground (+)
  2. Insulting political opponents (-)

4. Commitments (20 points)

  1. I will identify and set aside personal biases.
  2. I will commit to seek agreement, progress, and solutions.
  3. I will listen first to learn perspectives and experiences.
  4. I will not assume, but seek to understand motives and intentions.
  5. I will seek outcomes all can live with but not compromise principles.
  6. I will accept that good people may disagree.
  7. I will use and accept facts.
  8. I will stay respectful.
  9. I will resist demonizing.
  10. I will de-escalate hostile situations.

5. BONUS: Outstanding Common Grounder (+10 points)

  1. Awarded for common ground behavior or boldly champions common ground.
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The Maverick Matrix™ illustrates the degree to which an official seeks common ground relative to the partisan intensity of their constituents, meaning how strongly the area they represent favors one party over the other. The matrix is divided into four labeled quadrants:

  • Balancers: Balancing constituents more closely divided between the parties, this official is more of a Common Grounder.
  • Team Players: Consistent with a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • True Believers: Despite a constituency more closely divided between the parties, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • Mavericks: Despite a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is more of a Common Grounder. Such officials are most commendable in our view.
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Common Ground Scorecard for: Anthony Brindisi

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Anthony Brindisi (NY-22 - D)

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Anthony Brindisi (NY-22 - D)

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Commentary

Championed common ground by co-authoring a bipartisan op-ed with Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. Affirmed Common Grounder Commitments. Top 10% for Official Performance. Hosted Republican Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in his district for a public conversaton with local producers. Held a joint Facebook Live town hall with Republican Congressman John Katko on the pandemic. Visited Republican Congressman John Katko's district to promote finding a bipartisan solution out of the government shutdown. Member of the Problem Solvers Caucus. "Most importantly, we have got to restore decency and civility and respect to Washington and our country. We can't go on divided like this. We have got to start healing this country again." "Some people want to be partisan and go off in their corners, and you know who those people are. But there’s a lot of serious people there who want to get things done and you try to gravitate towards those people and find common ground." "I hope we can find common ground. Working together is the only way we can create jobs, lower Rx drug costs & take care of vets. I'll be the first one at the table, ready & willing, to work w anyone serious about getting things done." "Too often, conversations in Washington are about who's right and who's wrong instead of how we can work together to solve problems. I came to Washington with a different approach... and will be listening for areas where we can find common ground and work together to solve problems." "The default in Washington is to spend more time fighting and finger pointing than listening and learning. That's not my approach. I want to bring people together, listen to different opinions, and work to find common ground."

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