Even though we’re still more than three months from Primary day, the conga line of candidate mailings has already started.
Here’s a sample collected from my sources. As usual, click to enlarge to full size:
This was sent to someone I know who lives in Southwest City and voted in the Republican Primary for President in February (he wrote in Newt Gingrich, btw). Boyd seems to bemoan that there were only some 12,000 city voters that voted in that primary. The genius must not realize that the turnout was bound to be low for two reasons: The Democrat Primary was uncontested (Obama only), so there was no incentive for Democrats to turn out, and it was known well in advance that this was a useless beauty contest that didn’t factor into delegate apportionment on the Republican side, (thank you, anal-retentive RNC), and on top of that, one of the major remaining contestants at the time of the vote (Gingrich) didn’t even make the ballot, so Republican turnout would have been lethargic, and on top of that, there aren’t many Republicans in the City anyway (hint: 83% Obama in November 2008).
So this genius, running for City Treasurer because Larry Williams is finally stepping down, thinks he can get votes by sending people who were die hard Republican enough to vote in the useless Republican Primary in a Democrat city this literature of him reading a David Plouffe book (Obama adviser), and an Obama poster over his head, and a laudatory quote from the Riverfront Times. That’ll go over like a lead balloon.
He’s for “education.” Now there’s a bold, courageous stand. He would be a Freshman Democrat from an urban area in a legislative body that will very likely remain heavily Republican, so don’t look for the City to become one big WiFi hotspot any time soon. And WTF is “vertical urban farming?”
The odd part about this is that he’s running in the new H-78, which runs from Hyde Park down to Old North Side into Downtown then into Soulard, Benton Park and parts of Dutchtown. Save Soulard and Benton Park, that district will be heavily black, so I expect someone of Mr. Cummings’s complexion to win it even if he doesn’t. The person who received this lives in what will be H-81, which borders H-78 to the south. And this person doesn’t live in H-81 on the boundary of H-78, where it would have been understandable for the Cummings campaign to send this mailer outside the district, he lives far south in H-81, almost into the soon-to-be district south of that!
Notice the QR codes on both Cummings’s and Boyd’s mailings. I was wondering when QR codes would become commonplace on campaign literature. I guess smartphones weren’t quite ubiquitous enough two years ago to justify them. I fully expect most mailings, handbills and yard signs to have them.
The best part of having the suffix “III” next to your surname is that you know precisely for sure who your father and grandfather are.
This is campaign literature from Russ Carnahan disguised as franking. How can I tell? First, the third image. Second, the fact that only his South City constituents have gotten this mailing — AFAIK, nobody I know who lives in South County or Jefferson County who would get this as they have gotten Carnahan and Gephardt frankings in the past have received this one. This is designed for his primary run against Lazy Clay in the new CD-1, pandering to blacks who live in South City and who happen to be his constituents for the current Congress.