One of the great things about small-town politics is the absence of high-powered, high-priced campaign management firms. Candidates pretty much across the board rely on local talent–up-and-comers or has-beens who typically bring more energy than expertise to the race.
But that’s all part of the fun. Neely had Vogel, and Clendenen used that ass-hat Bill Thorington (or vice versa). Gallegos hired Pete Nichols’ hot ex-wife. Hagen’s got Brinton lined up for the district attorney race. Bass and Owen are rocking that husband-wife thing, and Leonard’s attempt also appears to be a family affair.
So why, then, would Patrick Cleary, the carpetbagging rich guy running for the supervisorial seat to be vacated by Jill Duffy, feel the need to hire a professional political consulting, lobbying and campaign management firm from Sacramento?
A firm that has represented Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi?
And Assemblymembers Noreen Evans and Mark Leno?
Duffy&Capitolo [weird, but no relation] is a political campaign management and media firm. Our creative strategies and powerful advertising win elections and move public opinion. We are proud to work with Democratic candidates, progressive coalitions and public safety organizations. Our services include:
- Production of direct mail, television and radio advertising
- Message development, media relations and speechwriting
- Voter targeting and campaign plan development
- Endorsement strategy and coalition building
- Management of fundraising and campaign finance specialists
- Coordination and analysis of polling, focus groups and opposition research
- Supervision of field staff and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort
Oh well. So much for that whole grassroots thing.
Filed under: Humboldt County Tagged: | Bonnie Neely, carpetbagging rich guy, Clif Clendenen, Duffy&Capitolo, fucking Zoltar, Jeff Leonard, Matthew Owen, Meghan Vogel, Patrick Cleary, Paul Gallegos, Paul Hagen, Pete Nichols' hot ex-wife, Shane Brinton, that ass-hat Bill Thorington, Virginia Bass