Today has brought an interesting assortment of tips and impressions from people who went to the MDP nominating convention.
Im getting good feedback all around, about how the event was well managed and orderly and democratic. Good job by the Party. Amanda Curtis won with an almost 2-1 vote margin, making her the first woman to run for US Senate in a general election from a major political party. Apparently John Bohlinger was in attendance but did not get nominated, leaving Curtis and Dirk Adams.
I am hearing that both Curtis and Adams gave solid speeches, that both could still use some sharpening, and that Adams went on a little too long and was at times incoherent. Also, apparently Adams said in his speech that candidates should not talk about women’s reproductive issues if they want to win. That’s not a smart thing to say at a democratic gathering, nor is it even accurate. Adams will have a future in the party but he’s rough around the edges and needs significant polishing. He will get better. We wish him good luck and I hope he comes back in 2016 and runs for something else.
Now Curtis will have to go from zero to sixty very fast. She will need to raise a mean clip of dough before the reports are filed at the end of the quarter, to show what she’s made of. It’s not clear who sits in her inner circle other than her husband, but let’s hope she’s taking good advice. One thing she must do, for certain, is to keep alive for the next few days the fire that this entire event has lit. She should let it burn out only when there is no more fuel. And everything she does must be done with fundraising in mind. For despite our idealistic feelings that money should not matter, it’s unfortunately about the only thing that does matter nowadays. If you don’t raise competitive cash, you lose big. And it will be that way until we have a public financing system. Curtis’s job is to convert the present excitement surrounding her selection into hard cash. She has about four weeks to do it. By mid September she needs $300,000 in the bank. That would require her to raise close to $500,000. It is a very tall order. Nine out of ten voters today do not even know that she is running for office, let alone know anything about her. That won’t change much despite all the free media she can garner. By the way, Amanda’s first financial ask should be from Dirk Adams, who, as a wealthy Democrat and good sport, should write it for the maximum amount. Amanda should then tweet a photo of the check, showing unity to Adams supporters.
The GOP has (predictably) already put out a video which they believe serves to criticize her. It is a succession of short clips from her homemade videos during he legislative session, using fragments of sentences edited together to supposedly show that she is anti-gun, anti-christian, and a socialist. It’s not much, really. Just a silly, weak opening volley.