CO-7: Attack of Lamm's

A few weeks ago, I had a post about the rumors of polls being taken by Democratic candidate Ed Perlmutter. The polls, which are fake/non-existent, are the current hot topic on, which I previously stated. Yet after giving the issue some thought, I came to the conclusion that, well, maybe the poll did exist. And, as i have been told, the poll was paid for by the AFL-CIO and was about a minimum wage increase that the labor union is supporting. So Let's think for a moment.

The AFL-CIO endorses a candidate in the most competitive(WaPo, and National Journal) House race in the nation, and they pay for a poll about a seperate issue. Of course, they will ask their respondents a question about this race. The AFL-CIO is going to put a large amount of money, work, and volunteers into this election. And of course a lot of votes.

"Well, wouldn't they pull out of the Perlmutter endorsement if they now know he is weak?"

NO, because they have already endorsed him and that would look bad on their part if they did so. In addition, they already were aware of the fact that Perlmutter was not weak, he strongly supports unions, and that he can win! But that is simple politics, maybe Politics 101...if that.

What I would assume happened was that the AFL-CIO intentionally targeted an audience that is politically inactive, non-voters, that most likely do not read newspapers. That would be because the AFL-CIO is doing what the GOP did in 2004, using statewide ballot iniatitives to turn out more of a vote.

Just take another look at the Press Release from Celinda Lake, it should be evident.

But, how did Lamm beat Perlmutter in the poll?

Well I have already addressed this but... Lamm is a house hold name in Colorado. And Lamm has been more active than Perlmutter in the last few years. She was the chairwoman of the investigation into rape allegations at CU-Boulder. But honestly, it is only May. We have four months until the primary, a lot will change

Now, all of the pieces are coming together.

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CO-7: Lies, Lies, everywhere their is Lies! is my favorite local political blog. It's everyones favorite local political blog. About a year ago, I began reading ColoradoPols, simply so I could be as up-to-date as some of Colorado's top political operatives. It is a great site with good analysis by anonymous bloggers. It is even famous for giving gambling odds on candidates. Furthermore, one would not believe how much credibility and infamy it has at a campaign headquarters. Everyday, the talk of the office is either what Ed's rating is at coloradoPols or what so-and-so has said about Ed.

But to often what so-and-so said, actually a kid by the name of Way_2_liberal or spacecowboy, is nothing but trumped up charges against the Perlmutter team.

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CO-7; Struble joins the Perlmutter team

Ed Perlmutter, the leading candidate for the democratic nomination in America's most competitive House district, Colorado's 7th CD, has just unveiled new member's of his campaign staff. In addition to his current staff - which includes former Congressional Candidates Mike Feeley and Stan Matsunaka as honorary co-chairs, Rep. Mark Udall's Cheif of Staff Alan Salazar as general Chair, and Danielle Radovich Piper, former Caucus Director for the Democratic Senate Campaign Fund (Colorado) and Chief of Staff for the Senate Majority (Colorado), as Perlmutter's campaign manager - Perlmutter has brought aboard Karl Struble and David Eichenbaum as media consultants, Karen Petel of The Mack Crownse Group is a former Campaign Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Regional Political Director with EMILY's List, and Celinda Lake as his pollster.

The recent announcements, simply, show that Perlmutter has gained control of Washington insiders that will help him win the primary and the general election.

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Caucus Day!

March 21st was caucus day throughout Colorado. Democrats and Republicans gathered, albeit in order to avoid a scuffle in seperate buildings, across the state to choose the best candidate for their respected party. As part of my volunteer work with Ed Perlmutter's campaign, I was a "representive" for the campaign to the 41st House District's caucus. Most counties organize caucus' according to voting precincts; for example, in Park County I would have attended the 13 precinct caucus, not the caucus for the 60th House District. Though, Arapahoe county organizes caucus elections by House District's, most likely to concentrate the low number of voter's.

Inside Overland High School's lunchroom, the caucus location, their was a table for every voting precinct. Some tables had 10-12 people sitting debating resolution's that the party will in theory adopt, squabling over the best candidate for the 7th CD or governor: Bill Ritter or some guy named "uncommitted." Yet, other precinct's had only a few voter's, while some had only one voter.

My job last Tuesday was to make sure that every person that walked through the door had in their hands: a Perlmutter sticker, an endorsement sheet, an issues peice that discusses Ed's philosophy of government, and a letter from Ed because he had to visit a dozen other caucus location's in his home turf: Jefferson County. And it was probably good that he and his family spoke at a lot of JeffCo caucus location's because he, according to a straw poll, won with nearly 90% of the vote in JeffCO!!

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House Party's, They KILL me! Part II

Well, well, well. How could I forget these important aspects of this important part of the campaign: what does the staff do at these events? and how else are they organized?

Since I enjoy doing things backwards, we'll start with the second question first. So, I have already discussed the tools used to get people to go to the event (phone calls, canvassing, and sometimes e-mails). But how are these locations chosen? Well, they are not! The campaign has to rely on supporters of Ed to "donate" their home for an evening. for the most part, however, the pprecincts that the house party's are in are very high-performance precincts.

I just wanted to make sure I addressed that.

Now, for the first question. Normally at the House Parties, their is a voulunteer/intern, the feild coordinator for that section of the district, and the candidate. I have discussed what the candidate does, but what about everyone else?

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