08 December 2006

Correcting Campaign Callers--from Texas

As I was writing the previous MRGO-GO post, the phone rang. It was another campaign call--for Karen Carter. First off the caller id read 000-000-0000 which was the first tip off of either a skype call or a telemarketer of some sort. I answer and there is a brief lull--I can hear tens of people talking in the background and then in a monotone drawl the pitch for Karen Carter is read to me. Did you know former Senator John Brew endorsed Karen Carter for the seat? Did you the Times-Pic, pause (background noise), Times-Pica-yone endorsed her too?

I respond: "Uh. Where are you calling from????"
Her response: "Texas."
My reply: "You might want to pronounce those names correctly. Its 'JOHN BRO' and 'Times-PICAYOON.'"
Her indifferent response: "Uh-hu." Click.

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, LA-02, Karen Carter, Bill Jefferson


At December 10, 2006 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone should ask Carter if those were really her callers. There are a lot of groups that have learned nefarious ways to swing elections. One such method is robocalling. Pretending you back one candidate and then saying things to screw the candidate up.

At December 10, 2006 10:35 AM, Anonymous Maitri said...

I agree with anonymous, but add another twist: The Democratic machine itself may have been pushing for Carter in the LA-02 race and took campaigning into their own hands. I got quasi-spam comments on my blog from people who took it on themselves to act as Carter representatives.

At December 10, 2006 11:07 AM, Blogger Roux said...

Well, it really worked. She lost.

First rule of business. Know your customer. 2nd rule. Don't piss them off.

At December 10, 2006 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Lee and other like him had more to do it with the outcome. When not enough good people speak out, this is what happens. Let's make sure that Lee and Jefferson both have Nowhere to Go in our future.

Who is pissing off your customers?

At December 10, 2006 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At December 11, 2006 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My own theory is that Jefferson Parish pols wanted Jefferson to win to force the feds to come after Jefferson. Shame on the feds for leaking the information so that the voters can do their work for them. Not so.

The Jefferson win might be just what it takes to get Derrick Sheppard elected in a special election.

In addition, this puts another stake in the heart of the Orleans political machines that are the center of so much corruption.

At December 11, 2006 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These results in JP can be attributed to several factors. Derrick Shepherd, the ultra-right wing asswipe, was the main player. If the Republicans weren't so racist, he'd be one (so would Jefferson for that matter). Shepherd cynically campaigned for Jefferson, under the theory, which has been advanced here before, that Jefferson will be indicted and forced to resign, thus giving him another shot. Shepherd also found Jeff's right-wing positions dear to his perverted heart.

Likewise, right-wing racist Harry Lee actively campaigned against Carter, taking umbrage at being called out on his racism in that Spike Lee Katrina joint.

So there you have it. Right wing racists in Jefferson Parish brought the victory for Dollar Bill. We can take comfort in the fact that yes, Dollar Bill WILL be taking a trip to Club Fed in the future. Hopefully soon, but as long as it happens, I'll be satisfied.


Also--regarding "Karen Carter, who will probably get the seat in the end"--no, I don't think so. Carter has no base in Jefferson Parish, which has become a key deciding factor in this district. Derrick Shepherd came in third in the primary, and if it comes down to Shepherd vs. Carter in the special election, he may well be the winner, as he's much more of a Jefferson clone than Carter. He'll also likely get Jeff's support (unless one of Jeff's daughters runs, which has been Jeff's preferred succession plan).


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