Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Changes to Rockefeller Staff?

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

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?

7:59 PM, June 07, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

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8:10 PM, June 07, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

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

8:16 PM, June 07, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

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.

8:34 PM, June 07, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

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.

8:50 PM, June 07, 2005  
Anonymous Drew said...

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!

9:16 PM, June 07, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

6:26 AM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Lee said...

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.

6:30 AM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Reality Check said...

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.

6:37 AM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Drew said...

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)


ALABAMA - * 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 Campaign

Bob 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 2004

Matt 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!

4:58 PM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know the Arkansas politico's. Are there not any good local talent that Rockefeller could hire instead of going out of state?

5:07 PM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Drew said...

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.

7:33 PM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Tom said...




9:21 PM, June 08, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

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.

9:34 PM, June 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most of the Arkansas' current GOP campaign veterans are currently in DC working in the administration.

6:16 AM, June 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, most of the talent is serving in the administration. That is one main reason they are bringing in out-of-state ops.

6:31 AM, June 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

7:52 AM, June 09, 2005  
Anonymous Drew said...

Mark....I don't take the bait.

10:57 AM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Arkansas Times said...

Why are all of the Blogs losing readership? Has the Blog bubble bursted?

7:04 AM, June 10, 2005  
Anonymous MArk M said...

We are just getting started!

7:24 PM, June 10, 2005  
Anonymous Drew said...

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.


12:03 AM, June 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

4:21 PM, June 12, 2005  
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