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  •  I'm going to post this again, Markey's campaign (3+ / 0-)
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    is in disarray.  There's something wrong there.  They are hitting me up regularly for money by snail mail and email (I gave earlier).  But their canvass database didn't work, and even though I volunteered to phonebank for Markey through the League of Conservation Voters, haven't heard anything back.  Also contacted the campaign asking for a picket sign (Lynch supporters standing at intersections in my town), no response.  It's like they are phoning it in.

    Lynch is all over the place, very aggressive.  I'm worried.

    •  Picket signs? (5+ / 0-)

      If that's how Lynch is using his volunteers, he's not taking advantage of any mistakes you think Markey is making.

      And if Markey's campaign isn't offering picket signs, good on them, that's a waste of time.  At least a yard sign is always there and you're not wasting time beyond putting it up in your lawn.  Standing at an intersection is just dumb.  The Romney campaign did that crap near my home in McLean last year, I shook my head and laughed every time.  And they had people picketing the OFA office opening party in McLean...on a weeknight, when they could've been out canvassing instead.

      If Markey's campaign and/or its allies aren't functional on canvassing and phonebanking as you say, that's a real problem, but I wouldn't make panicked assumptions quite yet.  Just keep trying.

      45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:22:34 AM PDT

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      •  He has every right to be concerned (2+ / 0-)
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        MA is for better or worse, a state (or Commonwealth) where "retail politics" is still considered very important. The electorate expects their politicians to pound the pavement and NOT phone it in. You would think that Representative Markey would have learned this lesson from a certain Attorney General who shall remain nameless three years ago. Clearly he hasn't.

        •  No different than elsewhere (6+ / 0-)

          I don't buy it that picket signs at busy intersections is an essential part of winning an election, whether a general or a low-turnout primary.

          Voter contact, yes, done efficiently through canvassing and phonebanking and TV and radio ads and direct mail...same as everywhere else.  If Markey is dropping the ball on those things, then it's a real concern.

          45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

          by DCCyclone on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:28:15 AM PDT

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    •  I'm canvassing door-to-door for Markey (7+ / 0-)

      We are in anything but disarray, with tens of thousands of doors knocked and voters contacted.  They're using Votebuilder, and it's working just fine, and if you haven't been contacted through LCV, the problem could well be on the LCV side of the coin.

      Follow our efforts to turn Southern Worcester County (MA) blue! Greater Blackstone Valley Dems

      by AnotherMassachusettsLiberal on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:39:53 AM PDT

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    •  You need to call your Warren for Senate people (3+ / 0-)
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      ... like my town committee who have already sent me a survey, called me, and asked if I could canvas (can't until my knee heals, which the 8" of snow is NOT helping).  They're all in for Markey

      Markey's been visiting all of the DTCs while Lynch is on the TV.  If it were the general, where Lynch can appeal to the 495-unenrolled belt, he'd have an edge, but for the primary, it's party loyalists who show up.

    •  Lynch is all over the place ..? (1+ / 0-)
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      Markey arranged an appearance with our town committee - and many others in our area. His campaign has identified the local Warren machine and that machine is out working.

      Lynch is campaigning in his comfort zone - if he is actually touching the local Dems at all.  He hasn't made any contact with any our local town committee or with our rather large regional get out the vote group who worked for Warren, Obama and some local dems.

      Lynch has two local ads, both feature him with iron workers. The second one makes my blood boil. It features an African American woman iron worker.  I happen to know first hand that women iron workers are a small percentage and have been trying to actually get a solid line on the actual stats for another project I am involved with. Hard to do as they seem to hold those numbers close to the vest. They have to have certain quotas when they do certain jobs, ie gov work and it seems you'll only find women on those jobs.  That Lynch ad is disingenuous at the least.

      Markey has only one ad playing local to SE Mass so far,and I admit, I think he needs to do more to appeal to wider audience per television ads.

      But, and this is important.  I wanted to write about Lynch and his poor representation or consideration of women. However, as important as that is, we need Lynch supporters when we are in a general election. There won't be enough time for a healing process once the primary is through. The last thing we need is a harshly divided democratic or left -leaning unenrolled electorate.  What happens too often is those who are on the losing side of a primary just don't come out to vote in the special general election.

      The bottom line is, as a woman, I don't want Lynch as my Senator, BUT, even worse? Michael Sullivan or Dan Winslow ... please, not again.

      Contact the campaign directly, their website is up:

      Contact your local town Democratic Town Committee - they are listed on the massdems website here:

      or contact the massdems and ask them to help you find a local person to contact:

      Please be proactive and pushy if you want to help.
      The campaign is not going to be as streamlined as the warren campaign because they just don't have the time. They won't have the same number of staff people because the money isn't the same, nor is the time to train.

      The KEY to a win in MA is going to be the grassroots work.

      Scott Brown had people out holding signs on overpasses etc all throughout his campaign while Warren people were making calls and knocking on doors.  hmmmm.

      I am going to put all of this into a quick diary.

      Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

      by 51percent on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:57:05 AM PDT

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