Friday, March 31, 2006

Arizona CD-8 ‘Cactus Roots’ Campaign

The Giffords campaign has taken a leaf out of the Dean playbook with a local version of the Dean Bat. In this case a saguaro cactus replaced the baseball bat. It turned out to be remarkably successful. In addition to raising money it resulted in something like a ten-fold increase in hits on the web site, probably the result of folks checking in to check on progress.

You can visit the "Cactus Roots" campaign here.

19 comments:

Dogma said...

I am very anxious to see fundraising results from the first quarter. Gabby grabbed lots of cash in December, but that was before Patty got in the game. I’ve heard an estimate that the cost of a winning campaign for this seat could run as high as $3 million, though I cannot remember where I read that figure. The candidate(s) that demonstrates financial viability now will certainly be propelled to, or cement their position as, a frontrunner and make it difficult for other challengers to compete in a serious way.

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cc burro said...

Certainly the CD 8 Democrats will give strong support--money and time--to the winner of the Democratic primary, whomever that might be.

anonymous said...

Anything over $35,000 is more than Raul Grijalva had for this reporting period.

If Patty raises over $100,000 Gabby will have heartburn, regardless of the amount Gabby has on hand.

Patty could beat Gabby with 10% of what Giffords raises and Gabby knows this.

At this critical moment, Team Gabby would be trumpeting positive polls showing Gabby's numbers amoung voters, if they had the positive numbers that show she is a viable candidate in the primary and general elections.

Gabby will brag about her contributions, while the other campaigns mitigate the damage of Pro-Business cash chasing away donations.

Gabby will need to spend a fortune to get the postive name recognition Patty Weiss brings to the race.

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Kralmajales said...

CC Burro:

Maybe that is true...that the winner of the primary will get a lot of money...but two things:

1)It appears that Latas and Weiss are both running AGAINST that kind of money and influence...the beat Gabby up for having that support. Are they going to look hypocritical for taking it later...from the same people?

2)why are so many of those voters and supporters opening their checkbook now...and for Giffords? Do they just know something about her that the naysayers don't?

anonymous said...

Roger. Why the incomplete and run-on sentences.... punctuated by pauses?

They kill any chance you have of making cogent points.

Out in the land without blogs, Gabby is an asterisk, hitting numbers in league with Alex and Jeff.

She has an uphill campaign merely to get her name and her face together in most voters minds.

Then they discover the multifaceted, complex world of pro-business property managers with the time to pursue every kind of glittering generality devoid of substance.

And the rest is history.

Let's hope the foothills still support her at the polls. She might have a chance there.

anonymous said...

I don't think that Weiss and Latas are segmenting and fighting for the same voting base, anymore than Alex is gunning for Hispanics, or Gabby is pinning it on Pro-Business Democrats.

That is armchair punditry. Any smart politician wants to get as many votes across the board as possible, especially in a primary.

Where is Gabby if she only targets money people and Pro-Business without reaching out to the poor and suffering?

Where is Alex if he only targets Hispanics and his friends from Raytheon?

Where is Jeff, is he pins his hopes on veterans?

And where is Patty, if she only reaches out to women?

None of them are so blind as to only target narrow segments of the electorate. Its the electorate that will make their choices about their qualifications and likeability.

anonymous said...

Check this out.

Grijalva's machine doesn't live in CD8!

Gabby depending on the CD7 Grijalva machine to win it for her is like having Raul do get togethers in Willcox, Sierra Vista, Willcox, Benson, Douglas and Bisbee.

The results may vary with your mileage, but the Grijalva machine doesn't have the same traction on River Road that it has on South 6th Ave.

Truth of the matter, this CD8 primary will be won on the ground, with whichever candidate has the best message and credibility to represent Congressional District 8.

Raul is great, but he is no rainmaker east of Wilmot.

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anonymous said...

Only Gabby has the POWER to post her internal polls.

Only Gabby knows where she stands in CD8.

The far left of the party just flooded south Tucson in a march. Was Gabby there?

I doubt it. Once again, I posit that all the candidates are trying to attract people across the board, rather than pretend to split the 'left' vote between Weiss and Latas.

Only Gabby's message has the resonance of K Street chamber music.

Kralmajales said...

"Once again, I posit that all the candidates are trying to attract people across the board, rather than pretend to split the 'left' vote between Weiss and Latas."

Sure! I agree that everyone in the race would like to have support across the party. Gabby has it. It is just that I see two of the campaigns labeling Gabby as "moderate", pro-business, a DCCC Democrat, and then trying to appeal to the folks that just don't like that sort of Democrat. Well guess what? There are only so many of them to go around, Weiss and Latas are in danger of splitting them, and these supporters have a tendency to alienate and attack other members of the party.

Still waiting for those fundraising reports and to see if any of the candidates have what it takes.

Self Appointed Opinion Leader said...

Come on, Roger.

Independents will swing the primary as they can choose ballots.

No broad appeal means no primary victory. Simple as that.

This left/right/moderate segmentation means little to an electorate that deeply distrusts corporations, politicians, business people and status quo public relations.

Already, it is shaping up to be a race between Patty Weiss and Gabrielle Giffords.

Gabby's strength: lots of money
Patty's strength: lots of popularity

We don't need to reseed the negatives, as Gabby's bloggers remind us again and again about what is wrong with the pro-business emphasis over the pro-people candidates.

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Self Appointed Opinion Leader said...

Remember, Art is an independent.

That's one independent in Gabby's camp.

Independents can drive this primary, and have become a de facto third party.

If not for independents, Matt Salmon would be governor and Art would be a yellow dog democrat.

I like independents because they shop before they buy.

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cc burro said...

I used to be a shopper who mainly shopped at the Democratic Party shop; but with what I've seen of the Republican Party/Leadership over the past several years--now I'm with Art--I shop ONLY at the Democratic Party shop; thus, the importance of the primaries.

Self Appointed Opinion Leader said...

Once I was an independent, on hiatus from the Democrats. I admit I either voted straight ticket Dem, or I left lots of places blank, if I did not like the ethics of the Dem.

But this last decade, I've been a small d enjoying the pain the independents seem to cause the big Ds and Rs.

Independents get twice as much political junk mail as party folks.

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