posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Tuesday, June 07, 2005
The Arkansas Times is reporting that Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller is bringing in a new Campaign Manager from out of state and a new PR guy who lives out of state but has Arkansas roots.Todd Bachman will be campaign manager and Tracy J. Horne will be communications director. Bachman was special assistant to former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie during President Bush’s re-election. A Virginia native, he was a regional field director for Elizabeth Dole's Senate campaign.Horne is a Russellville native and Arkansas Tech grad who has been media liaison for the Louisiana Department of Transportation, among other PR-related jobs.Former state GOP executive director Richard Bearden remains with the campaign as a "general consultant". Chris Battle remains the Campaign Manager of rival Asa Hutchinson.What do you think these additions mean? Is this a change of plans? The plan all along? Does Win Rock think he needs some different advice?
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All I see are names of people who are only interested in their own personal careers. Is there any invloved in politics who looks at running for office as a calling, or even have the desire to be a public servant.The 2006 General Election appears to be a dark ady in Arkansas
I don't know the motives of this men, I only know the rewards. According to the latest Contribution and Expense report, WinRock paid Richard Bearden's outfit $10,000 for the period from May 15th to May 31st. I don't know if it will be $10,000 every month or $20,000. And now it seems that he is not even managing the campaign. He is a consultant!I don't blame him or anyone else for taking what the market will bear, I am just noting that this race has really bid up the price for qualified campaing staff in Arkansas.
And truly unselfish public servants are hard to come by. Some of it, a lot of it, is the fault of the voters I am afraid. They selfishly want the government to take money from other people and give it to them. Politicos find a way to make that sound like a noble thing, and they hire spin miesters who help them do that.
Okay....I got to chime in here, and it will be glad to discuss another subject, then the previous one at ad nauseum.I never thought I'd say this, but lay off all these people. Being a paid political professional is not an easy life. Its one that is a calling. You see the financial benefits, but for many of us, who don't get that much though, the amount of money doesn't matter. We sacrifice our time, our health, our being to devote 24/7 in promotion of another person.Thats not humility??? So what if they speak of where they have been or done. The Apostle Paul who some of you love to quote LOVED to preface his letters with citations of where he has been, or drop a name, etc., ect.I am glad to have these people here. If they are like me and so many I come to call a friend, we will all spend many a night, without food, without sleep, without a social life....devoted to one cause and one only....electing those we believe in.For me, on the trail, I have two luxuries I afford myself. I always get Sunday morning off for Church....and then I admit it, I have a carnal pleasure of a glass of Ginger Ale, or a ROOT 44 Cherry Limeade, or something fun as a pick me up, like a show, or a night at the gym.Aside from that....when I am in campaign mode, I have a laser like focus. I suspect these people do as well.So please....understand....this is not about greed or egoes....its about the pride in who is coming on board. They are telling us who they are and where they have been.I welcome them to the arena!
Why is Rockefeller bringing in all these outsiders - check his consultants - they are all from California, New York, and now even his staff is from out of state. I know there are talented people in Arkansas. Maybe they won't go help him.
Asa's staff are all local - if you go by his office most of the people there are volunteers. He has only three paid staff and no consultants that I know of. Most of his work is being done by volunteers who believe in him or the conservative cause. Win is spending over 100,000 dollars a month on staff and consultants. That is not a good sign for a campaign if you can't get volunteers to work for you.
Drew Pritt paid political consultant? That's the funniest thing I've ever heard. Only someone as desperate as Gene Yarboro would ever even let you in their office, much less pay you. Is your great new strategy for Gene to court the gay evangelical vote? What a joke please stop posting and move out of state.
Before you attempt to demean me with a slur, let the facts show, aside from being a paid staffer for General Wes Clark in his Presidential campaign, since 1994 - In Arkansas -MARIAN OWENS INGRAM * (State Representative)BILL WELLS (State Representative)CHARLIE COLE CHAFFIN * (Won Primary/Lost General) (Lt. Governor)SANDY McMATH (U.S. Senate)OUT of STATEALABAMA - * Nancy Worley (Secretary of State)IDAHO - Jerry Brady (Governor)ILLINOIS - * Pat Quinn (Lt. Governor)Blair Hull (U.S. Senate)LOUISIANA - * Kathleen Blanco (Governor)J.E. Jumonville, Jr. (Governor)MISSISSIPPI - * Ronnie Musgrove (Governor)NEW JERSEY - * Jim McGreevey (Governor)TENNESSEE - Tennessee Victory 2000 Coordinated CampaignBob Clement (U.S. Senate)Carol Chumney (Shelby County Mayor)WEST VIRGINIA - Charlotte Pritt (Both race for Governor and Secretary of State)Jim Lees (Governor)John Perdue - * (State Treasurer)WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign 2004Matt Flynn (U.S. Congress)Tim Carpenter (U.S. Congress)****As for my faith and who I am, that is personal. I am not leaving the state. I am not backing down. I am electing the next Lt. Governor of our state and his name is Gene Yarbrough.Deal with it!
Drew, you know the Arkansas politico's. Are there not any good local talent that Rockefeller could hire instead of going out of state?
A candidate has to be comfortable with his staff. Frankly, the Republicans I can think of, have either been hired, or ideologically are not where Win Paul is at right now.Also, he is hiring seasoned talent. Thats not easy to find.
SHOCKING!DREW PRITT (WHO IS GAY) CLAIMS HE WORKED FOR MCGREEVEY!DID YOU WORK FOR BARNEY FRANK TOO?
Please, please don't turn this into another thread about Drew's proclivities. It provokes him to make claims and that provokes others (including me!) to respond and then the whole thread is off topic.Is there some political idea that you want to challenge him on? Great. I just don't want every thread to devolve into a discussion on that.
most of the Arkansas' current GOP campaign veterans are currently in DC working in the administration.
Yep, most of the talent is serving in the administration. That is one main reason they are bringing in out-of-state ops.
I suspect before it is all said an done Asa and Win will be fighting it out trying to hire several of the Arkansas opratives, especially going after the Bush staff from 04. I think they'll both try their best to link themselves to the President, and both want to say that a majority of his staff came to work for me. Just my opnion.
Mark....I don't take the bait.
Why are all of the Blogs losing readership? Has the Blog bubble bursted?
We are just getting started!
Actually this blog will probably go back to the less than 20 responses, more or less, now that Mark has chosen to kick people out. He can't even face me in arguments based on logic but says it's because I am gay.What a Pharisee-like place this blog quickly became. It was based on discussing different ideas. When those ideas challenged your ideas, it became a threat and you pushed people away.SHAME!
Drew you are gay and everyone knows it. I don't really care about that. Your posts are absurd and your political opinions are worthless. Please go away.
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