Our statement on Blue State Digital
by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 07:30:30 PM EDT
Why would Blue State Digital feel compelled to say they "terminated" Phil De Vellis for having created the 1984 video? Phil blogged on Huff Post that he "resigned"; but Thomas Gensemer (who I vaguely know) goes out of his way to claim that Blue State Digital "terminated" De Vellis. I guess the guys at BSD thought they needed to offer up Phil's head to the Obama campaign. Weow, fuck you too!
I know Phil from having hired him away from Walmart-Watch to be the online communications director for Sherrod Brown, to replace Tim Tagaris as the latter went to work at the DNC. Phil was one of 4 individuals I hired for the tech/internet team there, and lasted till the very end of the campaign. A terrific staffer and worker, I was prepared to bring him on staff had Warner continued on his presidential run. I heard he was talking to Edwards team, and then that he got hired by Blue State Digital to do client services.
I know the founders of Blue State Digital, and this was a petty move on their part-- an over-reaction to say the least. Phil's a big reason why Sherrod Brown kicked ass in Ohio in 2006, he made a remarkable video adaption, and BSD could have simply said they accept his resignation.
Feel free to post here on MyDD anytime Phil, stretch out that 15 minutes...