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  •  Great diary -- we need to WORK for this (3+ / 0-)
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    Could not agree more with all the comments above expressing that we who support Markey -- I am the volunteer coordinator for his hometown of Malden -- need to WORK for this and not take this for granted -- and that includes our candidate.

    I cannot explain why the Markey campaign has not done a bio TV ad, as Lynch has done. Both of them are overwhelmingly unknown outside their districts. This would seem to be a no-brainer. Not that I think the 2 ads Markey has done are bad, they are good and topical. But people need to be introduced to him. I know he's been barnstorming the state, but a bio TV ad would be a good complement to the in person events he's holding. ::sigh::

    Speaking as a longtime grassroots activist here in Mass, way too many people here are either burned out or think Markey has this in the bag. It has been tough motivating people (volunteers and voters), but the core group we have is super motivated and has been doing great. The vast majority of Obama and Warren activists are all in for Markey. We've definitely had to do some cautioning with voters we're meeting at the doors, some of whom think that Markey will walk away with this -- that kind of attitude is (a) wrong and (b) dangerous.

    I think it's very plausible that the primary on April 30 could be very close. We're going to have to bust our tails bc turnout is going to be anemic and the margin could be very close. That said, I think Markey will do very well and we will have strong showings in the places where we can run up the score: Cambridge, Somerville, Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, outer Cape etc. The old urban cores will probably be a mixed bag, some for Markey and some for Lynch. Who knows if the suburban moderates/indies will even turn out. If they turn out big it could help Lynch -- which is why we need to run up the score in areas where Markey should do really well -- a la the strategy that gave us Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    About 1 month out in 2012, there were many old timer insiders who were pretty unconvinced that Warren could win. And then she spanked Scottie by 8 points. So I am cautiously optimistic. But the most important word in that sentence is cautious. We need to WORK for this, all hands on deck.

    Please donate to Ed Markey today whatever you can -- http://www.edmarkey.com

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:13:55 AM PDT

    •  Hi I'm in Malden too (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm a very shy kind of person tho, so door knocking would be hard for me. I do plan on donating and I wouldn't mind leaving flyers around town and I definitely plan on getting all my neighbors to vote. Let me know what I can do!
        I LOVE Ed, he is such an environmental champion and I always send him messages of support through his website/newsletter.
      Warren is firing up her supporters too so that will give him some recognition. Markey has been such a shoo-in for so long that I agree he hasn't had to do hard campaigning for a long while, but I see him kicking into high gear with this website and Women for Markey launch.
      I'm optimistic but we gotta fight for this!

      •  Greetings fellow Maldonian! :-) (1+ / 0-)
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        We have a great group of volunteers in Malden for Markey, would love to introduce you!

        Send me an email at abs0628 at gmail.com and I will send you our list of upcoming events, and maybe we can chat more about how you can get involved!

        Thanks so much for reaching out to your neighbors!! This is the MOST effective way to get solid support for Ed. We have flyers and other resources that might be of interest to you as you reach out to them -- happy to help!

        Maybe I will see you at the Women for Markey launch event? I will be there with a bunch of other women from Malden who are big Markey supporters -- should be a great event to get us fired up!!

        By the way you can follow Malden for Markey on Facebook and Twitter:

        https://twitter.com/...

        https://www.facebook.com/...

        Cheers!

        "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

        by abs0628 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:51:15 AM PDT

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      •  you are not alone (1+ / 0-)
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        there are so many people like you - I hope we will see more standouts as we get closer - it might not win elections but the major concerns I see here and other places are that Lynch's people are more visible.
        But again, unions are pro's at pickets and standouts. Calling and knocking on doors, nosomuch.

        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 Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:57:19 AM PDT

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        •  Standouts and yard signs vs doors & calls (1+ / 0-)
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          This has been a constant complaint and worry that I've heard about the Markey campaign, ever since early February (lack of signs, stand outs, visibility etc).

          The thing I keep telling myself is that we know, for a fact, that yard signs and stand outs don't win votes. And in contrast we know that talking directly to voters, repeatedly, especially if there's a personal connection (like ialonelady is planning to do with her neighbors) is the most effective way to get votes for Markey.

          Is the Lynch campaign IDing voters aggressively? I don't know. Markey is, let me tell you!

          And look at the signature drive. Markey's army got double the sigs that Lynch's folks got -- despite the constant weekend blizzards. People got all intimidated by the thought of all the union guys standing out in the snow getting sigs for Lynch -- but when push came to shove Markey out organized him.

          "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

          by abs0628 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:33:55 AM PDT

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          •  I keep hearing this (1+ / 0-)
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            The thing I keep telling myself is that we know, for a fact, that yard signs and stand outs don't win votes.
            I know doors and IDing voters is more effective. But I would not discount the value of yard signs.

            Last night I watched the debate in Newton with a bunch of Markey supporters. Afterward my wife and I stuck around a bit to watch the Bruins. Two younger people at the bar were talking about the election. One asked the other who was running. Answer: "Well, I know there's Lynch. I guess there's another guy since they had a debate but all the signs I've seen around are for Lynch. So I guess he's, like, the favorite."

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 04:11:57 PM PDT

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        •  I must disagree with this: (0+ / 0-)
          Calling and knocking on doors, nosomuch.
          Actually, some of the "labor walks" were quite good, helping Elizabeth Warren (2012) and Deval Patrick (2010).

          Very effective in places like Worcester, Lynn, Lawrence, etc., especially in getting people who were indifferent to voting to see the importance of turning out.    

          "One of the greatest tragedies of man's long trek along the highway of history has been the limiting of neighborly concern to tribe, race, class or nation." M.L. King, Jr.

          by brae70 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:58:20 AM PDT

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          •  well then, we have to happy that more of them are (0+ / 0-)

            back at work after a few years of difficult and extended layoffs. Building is booming again in Boston.
            There was a slow-down because of the extensive storms this winter - thus many jobs are in catch-up mode and fewer guys are available for campaign duties.

            May be a reach ....

            Also, the biggest concern among many of us is that one side or the other will be alienated and not show up when it's boots-on-the-ground time for the general election in this "special election."

            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 Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 02:17:13 PM PDT

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            •  If Markey wins, he won't alienate the unions. (0+ / 0-)

              He has been a staunch supporter while in the House.  Some of his supporters may, but the candidate himself won't.

              "One of the greatest tragedies of man's long trek along the highway of history has been the limiting of neighborly concern to tribe, race, class or nation." M.L. King, Jr.

              by brae70 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 05:07:59 PM PDT

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