Why Terry will win June 9th.

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When I dropped into Terry McAuliffe’s Campaign office in VA Beach to get in some phone banking Monday evening there were no available phones… callers were using there cell phones to help get Terry’s message out across the commonwealth. Don’t get me wrong, Terry had plenty of phone lines, but there were so many citizens out mobilized, working hard for the campaign that I simply had to wait my turn… which made me stop and think...

If I were running for governor, would I rather have a school board, or councilmember endorsement or a local party organizer, poll captain or campaign volunteer in my corner? Endorsements are great, but I think the strength of our Democratic Party has always been the base, stemming from the ground up. As for Chesapeake and Hampton Roads, the Dems who hold office seem to be endorsing Moran, while those that knock on doors, make phone calls, work the polls, serve as precinct captains and organize our local party committees are squarely behind Terry McAuliffe... who is running (no surprise to anyone) a wildly organized, extensive and exciting campaign early in this primary… I say early because there are a lot of democrats across the state who aren’t aware of the June 9th primary or are not sure who they will be supporting on June 9th (based on calls I’ve made to democrats in Lynchburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Hampton). To a large group of known democrats, June is out of sight and out of mind…NOT TO WORRY!… Terry McAuliffe is overwhelmingly reaching this group of voters who are interested in voting for a true blue democrat with a strong business background and a clear plan for Virginia.

On another note, I slipped into a Moran meet and greet in Chesapeake that Brian Moran and two of Chesapeake’s school board members had put together… not including Moran staff… there were 6 people there… wow…6???? There were 6 people in line to phone bank at the Terry McAuliffe office that same Sunday night and Terry was not there… I’m just sayin’…

Before you write this blog off as ’ah who cares about south Hampton Roads…think about this… the three most populated cities in the state are in south Hampton roads… 1) Virginia Beach 2) Norfolk 3) Chesapeake… yup, all three larger than Richmond or Alexandria or any other city in the state…

So while Moran bloggers keep blogging amongst themselves and Moran is focused on trading appearances for school board endorsements, Terry is out winning the real base of the party… and that’s why Terry McAuliffe will be Virginia’s next Governor.

"McAuliffe now has 98 paid staffers"

With 98 paid staffers, he may buy this primary on June 9th but he will get the chicken poop knocked out of him in November. Seriously, you have to give up on this crap about grassroots support. This is the most extreme example of astroturfing in history. 98 paid staffers in a state primary is the opposite of grassroots.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2009/03/mcauliffe_hire...

I am sure McAuliffe would like to have 98 staffers....

as also Moran and Deeds. Reality though is that all three of them put together do not have that many!

By the time we are into the General Elections, perhaps there will be 98 staffers... but at present I am sure it is a lot less.

Where do these rumors spring from?

I think I know - Terry volunteers are so enthusiastic, sincere and hardworking, it is hard to distinguish them from staffers and to the untrained eye, it looks like Terry has 98 staffers.

That is true grassroots support - lots of volunteers everywhere, to make phone calls and a lot more - not just to get the word out, but to hear out voters and understand what is important to them.

Yes, it is still the economy and jobs. Nothing has changed. The voters are waiting for Terry to grow what Warner and Kaine have done so well.

keep on trying

but the grassroots support for Terry is growing. These transparent attempts to mock the outstanding campaign that Terry has put together really doesn't help Brian. It just looks like sour grapes. How about following Eileen's example and putting together some good arguments FOR your guy. That's the good stuff.

Why we need a fighter AND a fundraiser...

If campaign fundraising makes you squeamish you might want to sit this years race out... Bob and the GOP plan on throwing everything they have at this race... a lot of folks, including the grassroots, are taking note of this, making Terry McAuliffe a very attractive candidate. We need a FIGHTER AND a FUNDRAISER... Terry is both and will deliver in November.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/01/15/republican-sitting-prett...

By the way... the paid staff wasn't phone banking... I sat between a retired vet and a young lawyer who sat next to a mother of 3... this was by far the most diverse group of volunteers I have seen in a while... Terry simply was able to get staff on the ground who could deliver his message to these folks and they responded...overwhelmingly.

Tell Moran to hire staff with that fat Dominion Power check... maybe then he wouldn't have had issues turning in signatures today... "the [Moran] campaign needs extra time to verify that all of its signatures have been properly notarized."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2009/03/mcauliffe_is_f...

WTG

Yes, I think Terry McAuliffe definitely has the most organized campaign that I've ever seen.

the paid staffers

Just FYI, the reference to the 98 paid staffers isn't rumor or conjecture. It is cited in the article Todd linked to in his comment.

I know the WP article mentioned the 98 paid staffers...

I just do not believe it. I have not seen any where close to that number and it would be incredible if the last few days have more than doubled the staffers team! If the campaign now has almost 100 staffers, that is just incredible recruiting and speaks volumes for the organization. I just do not take for granted that the printed word is always accurate, or true.

As some one mentioned in another environment, this is the difference between trusting and being gullible.

Grassroots Support

I love the way that grassroot supporters are deemed unimportant by the more experienced politicos. Of course, the Organizing for American effort seems to be working so far to get "grassroot support" for the President's budget. But hey, what does this grassroots volunteer know? Brian, you are so right. It's the citizens willing to step up and give of their time and sometimes money to a candidate and a cause who will make the difference in the long run. That's what hope and change are all about. Terry's glass is always at least half-full and sometimes overflowing. That's just one of the reasons that I support him.