This is just a quick personal observation on the recent uproar over Governor Perry and Speaker Gingrich lacking the required petition signatures to appear on the Virginia primary ballot, which has resulted in much teeth-gnashing and hair-tearing. It didn’t surprise me.
As background, I enjoy grassroots politicking. I very recently spent the better part of a day with a friend, a lawyer (!), who is running in Illinois’s March primary for circuit judge. We hiked my precinct, knocking on doors, talking to voters, hanging doorknob literature and getting permission to deploy yard-signs. Very satisfying. When the petition deadline to get on the ballot arrived, this fellow had nearly twice the required signatures, everything was ducky.
Since I fall in with the current 79% of responders to our current UP poll, favoring Gov Perry, I decided to contact his campaign. This was inspired by one of my fellow Committeemen asking me to sign a petition for one of our members to become a Gingrich convention delegate. Try as I might, I couldn’t find a conduit into Perry’s campaign staff on his website, but lots of opportunities to donate, or Facebook, or support efforts in neighboring Iowa.
I realize everyone’s obsessed with Iowa, then New Hampshire and so on. But there are actually other primaries in other states to follow, momentum notwithstanding. I know our current jug-eared White House occupant has given organizing a bad name, but it still has it’s value, see Cold Warrior, Precinct Project, etc. TV/radio ads and web videos are not the be-all, end-all of a campaign; people are.
As of the moment, I don’t do Facebook. Donations are great, but I was thinking more in terms of shoe-leather than dollars.
Anyhow, I ‘joined’ the campaign and subscribed to Will Franklin’s Almanac; still no point of contact. Mostly out of desperation, I shot Will an email complimenting his efforts and requesting a pointer to whoever is running things for the Gov in Illinois.
He responded: nobody.
All efforts are concentrated on Iowa, although ‘we do anticipate expanding to a 50-state operation’.
Friends, this is no way to run a railroad (or a national campaign). Nobody!
When I saw this, I kind of quickly flashed back to my only real memory of the McCain/Palin campaign: when I went to the local GOP office to pick up their yard-sign, I found they were for sale! No money, no yard-sign. I know Illinois sucks all the way around for a national Republican ticket, but this kind of treatment is unreal.
As a parting thought, intrigued by Cold Warrior’s persistence, I recall doing my very early preliminary research on the Web for becoming a Precinct Committeeman. Back then, 3 years ago, nearly all the search results were from one organization: Ron Paul’s…
Did you notice that in Virginia, HE had enough signatures?