Gladys brought up a screen with a picture of Chan. It showed him slightly darker. On his desk was a picture of Nelson Mandela with an inscription scribbled on the bottom of the photograph out of focus. Gladys used her laser pointer to point out several features. “The bookends are now footballs. The Bible is on the shelf.”
“Sexual orientation is another core value,” Gladys continued. “We know that conservatives won’t vote for a gay candidate or one that favors gay rights. Liberals will vote for a gay candidate but not exclusively. If another core value is more important, they will vote that core value. The LGBTQ+ community will always for a gay candidate.”
“I’m sorry,” Ted interrupted. “Remind me what LGBTQ stands for.”
“It’s an acronym for ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer’ with a "+" sign to recognize the limitless sexual orientations used by members that community,” Gladys answered. “We don’t appeal to the LGBTQ+ voters, but we try not to offend them.”
“The last core value is age,” Walt said. “We use CGI to make you look slightly younger. We know that the national median age is 36.8 years old. That’s the age we want you to look. However, voters between 40 and 64 make up almost a third of the population. Since that’s your age range, we don’t use CGI for voters who identify in that age group. Voters over 65 make up 12.8% of the population. When a voter identifies as being over 65, we add a little grey around your temples.” Gladys brought up a picture of Chan showing grey hair around his temples.
Chan stood up. “Okay, I think I’ve seen enough. Ted will work with you on a contract.” Chan turned toward Ted. “Make sure that part about no fee is we lose is in the contract.”
Everyone stood up as Chan shook hands and left the room. “This is going to be an interesting champaign,” Ted said as he led Gladys and Walt to his office.
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