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If this is true, then that would definitley qualify him for unsportsmanlike conduct, correct?
Any campaign that DIDN'T test negative messages about Smith should be run out of the state for committing malpractice. And if Smith is serious that he's not doing any polling, a Smith mayorship would be a complete debacle.
For all you know, it's an independent effort by Smith supporters trying to gauge how bad his negatives are (and whether they need to dump IE money into the race to combat it).
Now, here's what I don't get: whoever goes negative first in this campaign is screwed. Liberals like us don't like it. So why do it? Jeff is too earnest to go negative (much to some folks consternation).
Also, with the Wweek's editor and primary investigative reporter in the bag, there's no need to think a big editorial endorsement will flip, despite the "dark side" of Charlie that has come out when some big organizational endorsements have gone the other way. (A dark side that has gotten very little coverage by that same investigative reporter)
I don't get the point. But then, the desire to win at all costs sends some folks down a shady, shady road.
Push polling seems odd considering no one under the age of 35 has a landline. You're much better off having your campaign post positive comments about your canidate in blog comments...
Maybe I didn't make it clear in my earlier comment, but I wasn't talking about this article in particular. I was talking about the Jefferson Smith/Bus Project groupies who comment on every article that mentions Smith or Hales on every imaginable media outlet in Portland. This has been going on for months - everyone knows what I'm referring to.
To me, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Jefferson Smith has a healthy narcissistic streak, and it's very concerning to me that seems to be interested in surrounding himself with people who love everything about him and hang on his every word and go out and comment/Facebook/Tweet the glories of all things Jefferson.
I don't drink the Kool Aid for anyone or anything, and I cast a suspicious eye at anyone who people do drink the Kool Aid for. Believe me, Smith's groupies aren't doing their candidate any favors with their feverish commenting and Jefferson fauning.
As for who he's "surrounding himself with" -- I don't think Jefferson is interested in surrounding himself with anyone but people who believe in his ideas and his campaign. Charlie has like people working for him. Perhaps they're just not as smart in social media, so you don't see them as much. Jefferson's also got more people knocking on doors, and more individual donors. For you to suggest they're all a bunch of Kool-Aid drinkers is disingenuous.
I think the issue here is that - after watching how this campaign has taken shape since last year - it's obvious now that Jefferson has thin skin and a big ego. To me, it seems like he is sending out his groupies to lavish praise on him in all the comment sections because he 1) can't handle criticism well and 2) loves seeing nice things about himself.
That's a big old narcissistic red flag to me.
I mean, there are lots of people that support Charlie Hales just as much as others support Jefferson Smith, and you don't see Hales groupies defending him to the death in every media outlet in town. I can't imagine the marching orders for the commenting brigade aren't ultimately coming from Jefferson.
1) I've seen him accept criticism and take responsibility for his mistakes/faults *without* extensive prodding from the press.
2) I've seen him actively engage with people who disagree with him in a respectful manner.
3) I've seen him dork out on things that include more people in the process of governing - that aren't about him.
4) I've taken note of he number of people who are now in prominent jobs in city and state government/advocacy that were mentored by, and allowed to shine when working with Jefferson Smith (Jennifer Yocom anyone?) I personally know many, many people who have worked with Charlie, and I don't see the same mentorship and talent promotion.
Yes, I support Jefferson. That doesn't make me a mindless flack.