They’re baaack! As we finish up the GOP nomination circus and begin to head into general election talk, we’ll begin to focus more on the re-election of Barack Obama here on PB. One thing we know for sure about this period of the election is that the familiar smears will be back in force against President Obama. Many of you will remember the run up to the historic election in 2008 and the many ugly email chains that were a big part of the desperate attempt to prevent Barack Obama from becoming President.
The campaign launched a valiant effort and […]Full Story... →
I have it on good authority that The Lancer Group, the outfit which was hired to implement the ODP’s street money operation, has actually paid some people who were not canvassers and has yet to pay some who were canvassers, because of poor record keeping. This story is still developing. If anyone is reading this who needs to resolve payment, there is contact info for The Lancer Group in this comment.Full Story... →
According to a commenter.
…I helped to run one of the offices that was authorized to hire 105 people to canvass in Cleveland. We were explicitly instructed to tell the people we hired that those who canvassed Saturday and Sunday would be paid Sunday night at 8 pm, and those who canvassed Monday and Tuesday would be paid on Tuesday at 8 pm. Sunday came and went, and the plan changed so that everyone would be paid on Tuesday. On Tuesday, at 8:20, I received a call informing me that no one would be paid that night. I had […]Full Story... →
Posted in its entirety after the jump.
November 11, 2010
Thank you for your incredibly generous support of the Ohio Democratic Party’s (ODP) 2010 Election effort.
Though last Tuesday’s election results did not go our way, your strong support allowed ODP and our Coordinated Campaign to nearly pull off an upset victory during one of the worst economic climates in generations.
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I’m starting to understand why the ODP’s field operation, by all accounts (including mine) a pretty good one, failed to deliver the Democratic turnout required in Tuesday’s close election to secure victory for Ted Strickland.
When I first heard the story of ODP paid canvassers bouncing checks, my first thought was….checks? Who the hell pays street money in checks? Most folks who are available to do this work, late in a campaign, do not have bank accounts. They are unemployed, a street money campaign gig is often the most money they will make that month, maybe all year. And […]Full Story... →
The day after the election I was perusing Twitter in a “hate to look” sort of way when I saw something about a mob scene or some such down at ODP. Complete with Twitpics of lots of people in front of the old ODP offices (now Franklin County Dems). The right was losing their minds claiming ODP wasn’t paying canvassers and a riot was about to break out.
Of course our buddy DJWorcestershire was all over the case tweeting this and that about how the GOP didn’t pay canvassers and telling the media to get down there […]Full Story... →
In the last few years, I’ve really warmed to Ted Strickland, like everyone does. I’m really saddened by his defeat, and I wish him and Frances nothing but the best. However, Ted has to be handed some serious responsibility for his loss, and consequently, the loss of every statewide office in the state. So what’s that responsibility?
Ted ran a great campaign, no doubt, in an impossible environment. You can quibble with a few decisions here and there, but overall, it was beyond professional – any statewide candidate, anywhere, would kill to have that operation. The problem, as has always […]Full Story... →
I’ve gotten some pretty substantial blow back over my phone call yesterday with ODP Chairman Chris Redfern. I mean, guys, gimme a break, I just reported the call!
It is news that Chris Redfern’s only call to an Ohio blogger yesterday was me. Well, the phone call yesterday was spin. It wasn’t a scoop. I just reported the spin, which suggests Redfern is terrified of losing his job. He should be, given the result.
The ODP operation in 2010 was probably the best mid-term grassroots effort I’ve ever seen in Ohio. It failed. Is it fair to blame Redfern […]Full Story... →
First things first. I’m terrible at predicting election results, not gonna deny it. “If Jennifer Brunner files, she wins,” is a line I must have written a dozen times leading up to the US Senate primary. I was wrong. I was banking on Jennifer catching fire online, and she didn’t. One good week of online fundraising might have won her the primary.
Failing to do so is the Brunner campaign’s biggest self-inflicted wound – they left a lot of money on the table, and let a lot of us down. I still have no good answer for this […]Full Story... →
Jennifer Brunner once said about me, in front of my own mother, at my own fundraiser, with me standing next to her, that she only wished I didn’t use such bad language when I blogged, which of course, got a howl of laughter from the gathered supporters, and a stern, “that’s right!” from my mom. Thanks a lot, Jennifer. Anyway, given the response by teabaggers to Chris Redfern’s use of the term “fuckers” to describe them, I hope I can get a special dispensation from both Jennifer and my mom for the following.
Fuck you, you fucking pieces of fuck. […]Full Story... →