Well, he's got my vote too (literally, I'm in the district, lol).
John's recently brought on board Meghan G., Paul Hackett's fundraiser. Meredith Adams is the new communications guru who is from DFA-Burlington where she was an intern this spring. She also went to college at one point at St. Edwards University, in the 21st.
Last month the campaign did it's first lit drop, getting out over 15,000 pieces in both populations anchors in the district, Austin and San Antonio. The campaign has for the second time in as many months, stolen Lamar Smith's media (MyDD Rec diary on that here.
There should be a poll out soon done with Lake Research and there is a free training being done my one of the campaigns media/message advisore a week from today for campaign volunteers. Plus the Courage campaign is making a big buy into the Travis County Coordinated campaign which I've recently been hired by to manage their soon to be launched website as well as e-mail campaign and volunteer management online. It's going to be exciting and now that our State Democratic Convention is over (which sucked a lot of Texas people away from YearlyKos, (I was kinda suprise Harris was there instead)) we've got a few stories in waiting on Courage/Smith. And we'll be able to pick up our conference calls again.
The Courage campaign has done a great job of stealing press and attention from Lamar Smith. Back in May the students at the University of Texas in Austin (liberal and more importantly, IN THE DISTRICT!) suprised Smith on campus with this protest. Watch the video here. The University Democrats then welcomed John Courage an hour later to their meeting as shown in this clip. It was a ton of fun to organize and we got front page media coverage in the student paper the next day (circulation 50k)
Well said Anna. Being part of the core Maxey team this entire opperation was amazing. It was the first time in 26 years there was a contested race for Party Chairman and believe me when I say, that many *many* folks are still pushing for that change and are ready and prepared to do it all over in 2008 if we do not see the reforms that the majority voted for on the first ballot.
I'm e-mailing you the SDEC members list when I get it. I know that in my home district of SD 24, a younger Maxey supporter won the committeewoman spot. In SD 25, dead weight Bruce Barrik got knocked off by a progressive Austinite Michael Wilson. I think there was at least a couple more elsewhere in the state so with those added to the impressive gains made 2 years ago in Houston, the reform community represents a very large part of the SDEC now.
The absense of anything is about how much of a yawn I just gave.
The ad is running on my site too. I'm thrilled to have the $35 and I'll be linking to the MyDD post critical of the ad. And I'll probably just donate the funds to candidates that support the opposite of what the ad is for.