Election eve silliness
ELECTION NIGHT UPDATES here.
I was out all day and seldom answer the phone anyway until I know who it is, but I missed a lot of autocalls. Seven and counting, so far, from: Tommy Thompson (for Van Hollen), Scot Ross, Kathleen Falk, Herb Kohl, Paul Bucher, Jeff Plale, and Larraine McNamara-McGraw.
The Republicans may want to check their list.
Add another just now from a live volunteer for Herb Kohl, the first real, live political call all day.
[AFTERWORD: I intended to say that I don't think autocalls are effective for persuasion, at least not when they come in bunches on the day before the election. I have received a few over a period of weeks from Falk, which may be a better tactic. I do think calls are a cheap way to remind people to vote on Tuesday, by placing calls during the day so they get the reminder when they get home. But that calls for a targeted list of people you expect to vote for you, or, in the general election, to wards that vote heavily for your party.]
[UPDATE: Forgot to mention emails today from Scot Ross, Kathleen Falk, Jeff Plale, Peg Lautenschlager, Bill Elliott, Steve Kagen, and John Chisholm.]
MacMac (Larraine McNamara-McGraw to the uninitiated) has broken new political ground with a revolutionary strategy -- introducing a totally new message in her campaign for Milwaukee County DA on the day before the election. In both her call and the mail that came today, she says the DA's budget is $16.5-million and asks whether we're getting our money's worth.
If she thinks that's a winning issue, perhaps she should have raised it a little earlier. She's never mentioned it before. Ironically, MacMac was known to be part of the Spendthrift Caucus on Milwaukee's City Council when she was an East Side alderoid.
Way too little, way too late.
UPDATE: Because I live in Milwaukee, I didn't get the MacMac autocall pitting suburbs against the city, but Jim McGuigan did. There must have been a different message for each suburb, suggesting, I guess, that they weren't getting their fair share of service. The way to rectify that would be to distribute crime more equally across the county.
Apparently, the Republican AG's race is over. Stacy Forster of the Journal Sentinel reports:
Considering that there probably won't be 500,000 total votes cast in the GOP primary, Bucher's in great shape if he has "a half a million supporters."
Candidates send out last-minute messages
Madison -- Republican attorney general candidate Paul Bucher sent a Web ad to a half a million supporters ahead of tomorrow's primary election.
The ad, which was shown at the state Republican Party convention in May, features people involved in prominent Waukesha County cases that Bucher handled as district attorney reflecting on their experiences with him, said his campaign manager Davin Fischer...
Bucher's primary opponent, former U.S. Attorney J.B. Van Hollen, sent nearly 300,000 pieces of mail over the weekend to the homes of 150,000 Republican primary voters, said his campaign spokesman Brian Fraley.