Monday, September 11, 2006

CD 8: Patty Weiss Counting on Occasional Voters

Got a nice e-mail from Weiss’s campaign manager, Frank Costanzo, urgently requesting volunteers to turn out “occasional voters,” apparently the new secret weapon and the secret to Patty’s success.

Maybe attack ads aren’t working too well, but occasional voters? The thing about those rascals is that they only vote, well…occasionally. The late call for a volunteer base to phone unlikely voters seems to me to be a day late, a dollar short, and desperate.

But what do I know? Miracles do ‘occasionally’ happen.


Kralmajales said...

I think this was their hope early on. That independents and undecideds would flock to the polls or that turnout would make this primary more exciting to Demos who vote in the general and not the primary. It, of course, is a big IF. It also presumes that people have not heard of Giffords and that some of these occasionals won't vote for her.

Early on Weiss was the most well known in the race, but it isn't true now. Also, if the race were reported in polls to be close, we might get a big big turnout, but now, I am thinking that a lot of folks see the 18% lead by Giffords and will stay home. Hopefully, it won't be the Giffords supporters.

FEDUP said...

Have to agree that this is a day late and a dollar short. It would have been okay to target occasional voters if the strategy and plans were in place months in advance but the campaign has seemed from day one to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants one.

If Patty wins the Primary my first suggestion to her would be to fire half of her staff and bring in a field team and strategists who know how to run a campaign.

I volunteered 2 weeks ago just to see if anyone would get back to me and no one did. Total incompetence.

x4mr said...

Well, Fedup, we occasionally agree on something.

Patty in the hands of real experts would have been a far more formidable candidate. She is a fabulous public speaker (the best in the entire race), intelligent, good looking, and her positions on issues are not particularly different from Latas or Giffords.

The importance of campaign staff cannot be overstated. If Jesse "the body" and Ahnold can become governors......

But not without staff.

Assert we are seeing something similar on the red side of this, with a pathetic Huffman campaign that may still fail even after the red gods descend with buckets of life support.

Here's hoping!!