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Cracker Squire

THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Sid in his law office where he sits when meeting with clients. Observant eyes will notice the statuette of one of Sid's favorite Democrats.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

I'm not sure I agree with you on this race Jane. -- Kidd touts grassroots campaigning to win upcoming 10th Cong. District special election.

According to the Augusta Chronicle:

Traditional campaigning is the way to win the upcoming special election for the 10th District Congressional seat, said . . . Jane Kidd, leader of the Georgia Democratic Party.

"TV ads and direct mail aren't going to win this race. Grassroots is going to win this race," she said.
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I am a big advocate of grassroots, but there is going to be such a short time for campaigning in this particular election that grassroots will probably take a backseat.

5 Comments:

Blogger MelGX said...

I'm with you Squire. Pulling together a grassroots campaign takes months. There's no time to do anything but paid media and phone banking. I'm puzzled.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Untrue. You've got some pretty large and motivated Democratic parties in those counties who are ready to get to work. Cut some walk lists, put feet on the street, BAM! Cut some phone lists, put volunteers on the phones, BAM!

It's entirely possible to put together a grassroots campaign quickly, especially in this particular race where you're looking at a small turnout universe and highly targeted voter contact.

What's hard is raising the cash you need to run heavy tv and mail in the short time frame alloted. In contrast, this is THE race going on in Georgia, and you can pull in the warm bodies you need to run a grassroots campaign quickly.

Not to be contrarian, but how 'bout we give the lady a chance before the naysaying and sniping begins, eh?

1:37 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Make this a statewide effort. Pull dems in from every corner of the state. Give them specific tasks and a schedule.

Every county chair should have already been contacted to see how they can help.

1:57 PM  
Blogger MelGX said...

Look anonymous, I don't know anyone who isn't a fan of Kidd, including people who didn't vote for her. If anyone knows this district, it's her.

If you're correct that there is already a large grassroots organization in place, then it explains the strategy. I'll take you at your word, even though it differs from what I've heard from political strategists.

But if posing a question or expressing an opinion is what passes for "naysaying and sniping" in your book, then you leave zero room for any political discourse.

As I said, I'm puzzled but am always happy to be proven wrong in cases like this.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Sid Cottingham said...

Thanks Mel.

Certainly no naysaying or sniping intended Anonymous; I am a big fan of the Chair, and support her now and supported and voted for her as Chair.

As Mel noted, I did engage in a little political discourse in reacting to a headline in Augusta's major newspaper. The truth of the matter is that Jane -- who made her statements while she was the speaker for the Richmond County Democratic Breakfast on Saturday -- was just trying to rally the troops.

What a great idea Steve has -- make a Democrat winning this election a statewide effort.

2:44 PM  

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