I heard that Ben had stopped beating his wife. I hope that's true.
Have any of you guys gone door to door with Brett?
He takes his bike from his car and bikes from door to door. (I ride my moped door to door; I'm old.) With the bike on the back, he can leave the doors, attend an event, and go back to biking door to door. It's really efficient. He and I can cover a fairly large neighborhood, knocking and talking to people, in an hour or an hour-and-a-half.
If you'd like to see Brett and me go door to door, just say so, and you can come out this us this next weekend.
Nick, does Ben Manski do dumb things? His wedding picture in his campaign brochure seems dumb. How many people do you think will vote for Ben because he has a wedding picture in his brochure?
You know his portrait, colored like dirty cheddar cheese, is pretty dumb. Makes him look like he posing for posterity or imitating Bob LaFollette. Maybe Ben's just trying to be a real cheese head!
Do you notice how many of Brett's photos are with people from the 77th? I'm not sure a single photo on Ben's Web site was taken in the 77th.
Here's another dumb (and embarassing for Ben) thing. Ben's Isthmus video was shot at a home on Madison's eastside, where he lived until a couple of weeks ago. No one seemed to be in the video, expect the couple who threw the event, Ben, his wife, and one guy who looked taken by surprise when he walked in. I'd say it's dumb to hold a fundraiser on the eastside when the district is on the westside.
It's also pretty dumb to have a campaign office on State Street. Brett's "office" is in his home. Of course, Brett lives in the 77th. Brett even has kids who attend school in the district.
I guess you're right, Nick. A lot of people do a lot of dumb things, including you and me for wasting time writing on blogs and forums.
Ed Blume, Hulsey campaign volunteer
I expected you would riff off the "everybody does dumb things" when I wrote it. It seems there's a lot of pent up angst in your team that needs to be released.
The deal about moving into the district has been you team's "best" shot since the beginning of this thing. It's not getting any traction probably because people have seen Dems and others take this same quite reasonable move for a purpose many times (see "Hillary" or the guy that did a GREAT job of representing me when I lived on the east side). So you might want to give that one up.
For the record, I think the bike thing is dumb also. I put a bike on the back of my car when my back is acting up because it's hurts less to ride the last 3 blocks than to walk them.
Neither of these things have legs outside this very limited medium we are engaging in here. (Frankly, if I was on a campaign team, I wouldn't even be looking at this right now.)
Let's pick a REAL issue (one where the background noise can't engage the "Snarky Namesy" thing) like school funding and talk about it. What can we do about that besides list it in all our collective campaign lit as something that's "broken" and how it has to come off the property tax blah blah blah? Why would there have been a majority of one party in power for awhile (with a guv) and have nothing real happen with this? What's the REAL problem? Is it urban/rural? Something else? What are the candidates inclinations about how to break the (apparently quite "non-partisan") impasse on this.
Screw the dumb stuff.
Assembly leaders endorse Hulsey
Madison – Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, Assistant Majority Leader Donna Seidel, and Caucus Chair Peter Barca today endorsed Supervisor Brett Hulsey for the 77th Assembly District.
“We look forward to working with Brett to represent the progressive values of the 77th District, protect UW and key state jobs,” said Democratic Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan.
More -- http://www.brett4us.org/2010/10/democratic-assembly-leaders-endorse.html
Hulsey defeats Manski -- http://www.brett4us.org/2010/11/hulsley-earns-victory-in-77th-assembly.html