I take to heart the words of Frederick Douglass in his lecture The Anti-Slavery Movement: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” Collaboration is important in politics as in the rest of community life. But collaboration is not the same as quid-pro-quo politics. I am determined to make every decision based solely on consistent moral principles informed by my best understanding of reality, and never based on my political relationship with someone else who may have an opinion on the matter.