Sunday, August 03, 2008

Did The Coffman Campaign Go Negative - on Coffman?


A friend who knows of my support for Jason Kander in the race for the 44th District handed me the above mailer, and asked what I thought of it. The black and yellow (nature's warning colors), the grainy black-and-white photo, the highlighted, all-caps "EVIL LOBBYISTS", and even the bright yellow CAUTION. At first glance, this piece appears to be an attack on Ms. Coffman.

On second glance, too, the piece seems to be attacking Coffman. It attempts to identify Amy Coffman as an "advocate", but acknowledges that "Often, the difference between a lobbyist and an advocate is simply that an advocate lobbies for an issue you support." This sage piece of wisdom appears directly next to a WARNING that "You Can't Always Believe What You Hear". Double-talk next to a warning like that? Really?

Political observers are probably surprised to see Amy Coffman's return address show up on the front of the card, along with a claim that it was "Paid for by Friends of Theresa Garza". That, along with the use of first person language on the piece, provokes concerns about whether there is a little bit of Koster-like coordination between committees that are legally banned from coordinating their efforts.

The subtle insider joke appears, though, in the form of a grammatical error at the bottom of the piece. "We need more, not less, elected officials . . ."? English teachers throughout the district are shouting "more, not FEWER!!!!" (Struggles with written expression have dogged the campaign.)

Remember when I called upon all candidates to eschew third-party mailings in this race? I was speaking from a position of idealism then - now I realize I was offering practical advice, as well.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan -

I agree. This is very sloppy. At best, the average voter will look at the mailer for 2-5 seconds before throwing it away. In those 2-5 seconds, the reader will see a picture of Coffman, her name, and the term "Evil Lobbyists." The reader only understands that the mailer may actually be a pro-Coffman piece if he/she takes 1 minute to read it, which no one will do.

I am at a complete loss to understand the Coffman campaign's tactics. The campaign has a slew of local politicos giving your advice and direction. Mailers like this say a lot about the skill of those politcos.

I also agree the use of the first person raises major collaboration concerns. Need to look into this.

As for the grammar mistakes, that is par for the course with this campaign.

Kander by 8 points.

8/03/2008 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put in context, Coffman's mailer made sense to me because I received it the same day I received a card from Kander's campaign calling Coffman a LOBBYIST (repeated in all caps throughout). Coffman's seemed like good coordination to me (a voter who hasn't decided yet). Funny that Kander omitted the fact he's a lawyer from that piece--maybe because among lots of people, lawyers have about as much appeal as lobbyists. (No offense, Dan.)

8/03/2008 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that Amy omits in her piece the lobbyists representing payday lenders and insurance companies that she accepted loads of cash from.

8/03/2008 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where should people desperate to borrow go when they need to borrow? Can one go to a conventional bank and borrow a small amount of money?

8/03/2008 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Your Most Loving Reader said...

Dan, you are a creep. A defender of barefoot bigots. Your thoughts have no worth. You are a scoundrel who stretches the truth in defense of your spastic attempt at analysis.

8/04/2008 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, you are a creep. A defender of barefoot bigots. Your thoughts have no worth. You are a scoundrel who stretches the truth in defense of your spastic attempt at analysis.

Sounds like someone needs a foot massage.

8/04/2008 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Jeff Roe Endorses the Kanders said...

Dan The Dean of Dirty Campaigning

It seems that the only dirty campaigning is being done by Dan and the Kanders. Negative mailings? Only made by the Kanders. The Kanders have the exclusive on dirty campiagning in this race.

Jeff Roe endorses the Kanders.

'Nuff said.

TKC just said:

"Believe it or not, the endorsement of Kander on Jeff Roe's political blog The Source took a lot of people by surprise and swayed a lot opinion toward Coffman. It was literally the kiss of death from the Republican that local Dems despise..."

We shall see see if Dirty campaigning wins (the Kanders) or clean campaigning wins (Coffman).

Unfortunately the Dirty Diana's and Dirty Dans win often - negative, dirty campaigning tends to work.

We shall see.

8/04/2008 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the Dirty Diana's and Dirty Dans win often

Sounds like some is off his meds or is just taking himself a bit too seriously.

8/04/2008 11:25 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Jeff Roe Endorses . . .

Did you read the alleged endorsement? Please go ahead and do so, and point out where, in fact, it endorses Jason Kander. It simply doesn't - you need to stop believing what you read on Tony's KC.

Similarly, I defy you to find anywhere that I wrote anything unfair or inaccurate about Amy Coffman.

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