Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Why Bonnie keeps going Negative. Where is her union bug?



If you talk to people individually you will hear a clear message that they hate negative political campaigns. But Bonnie doing negative campaigning is not a big surprise. From recent research he's seen, Democratic pollster Ben Tulchin concluded voters respond more when candidates attack than when they express positive messages. "(Negativity) is working," said Tulchin, a San Francisco strategist who is advising San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's campaign for lieutenant governor. "The voters are in such a foul mood that, quite frankly, a negative message is working better than a positive message."

According to This Nation: The rule of thumb for professional campaign consultants is: "Never, never use negative campaign tactics unless you have to." Clearly, a candidate that can run an impeccably positive campaign and win by a comfortable margin is much better off running a "clean" campaign than a negative one. However, there are many instances in which a candidate cannot (at least in his or her own estimation) win simply by presenting positive information about him or herself. When candidates struggle in their efforts to build positive images of themselves, many choose to close the gap by tarnishing the images of their opponents.

Neely’s campaign will use negative ads because they know they can use pieces of out-of-context information to scare people into believing what Neely’s campaign wants them to believe.

So obviously, Bonnie does not have a positive message to share and for survival sake has to do negative campaigning libeling her opponent. I sure hope the voters see through this and do the right thing. Vote Bass. .

And just an observation, why has Bonnie Neely’s campaign decided to buy non local and non union? This post card did not carry the union bug. Wonder why?

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ms. Neely is a political hack; her first (and only) priority is to keep suckling on the public t-t.

Ethics, fair play, integrity all go by the wayside when a government sinecure is at stake.

Both Ms. Neely and her husband have been government hacks for many years; When Gallegos beat Neely's husband for the DA spot, the Neely household income dropped and has never recovered.

Could you imagine if Bonnie Neely actually had to work for a living?

Let's give her the chance to find out what the rest of us know.

Anonymous said...

Lavallee's signs dont have the "bug" either

Anonymous said...

One reason local campaigns don't print union is because the union print shop is not local. As memory serves, I believe it's in Sacramento. And there is a horrible turn around time. Unless you plan well in advance, it doesn't make sense to print union, unless you fear what bloggers might say about you. And, the less money you have to work with, the more reason to print locally non-union because union costs more.

Jerry D. said...

Hey Richard, given that both Supervisor candidates are former Republicans, who do you think has really embraced the democratic party principals the most of the two? Seems to me that they're both more on the Republican side when it comes to the issues, and they made the change simply to put themselves in a better position to get elected.

I'd appreciate your thoughts

Anonymous said...

Humboldt County Central Labor Council, Operating Engineers #3, Carpenters Union #751 & AFSCME Local #1684 support Bonnie Neely for supervisor.

Anonymous said...

uh, Richard, since when have you had anything positive to say about Bonnie Neely? You ran against her twice and lost.

Anonymous said...

Bonnie should be damn careful when it comes to blaming Bass for budget issues. First of all, there has been a massive economic downturn, so almost everyone is hurting. That includes Humboldt County. How much longer can they ride out the storm without forcing people out?

Anonymous said...

Bonnie supports unions and unions support Bonnie. Bonnie was endorced by the HCCDC and they don't support DINOs.

samoasoftball said...

11:12am Times printing is local and union. Mailers are a nominal expense in a campaign.

1:31pm Virginia changed parties for philosophical reasons and had the most to lose by doing so. Bonnie was not going to be supported by the Democratic party or Major Dems in office (Wes and Mike) unless she changed parties. But I will say that Bonnie's move to the left has been the most dramatic. Virginia has downplayed her change.

3:15pm Bonnie had the AFSME endorsement pulled a few weeks ago.

11:21pm Bonnie garnered that HCDCC endorsement by 1 vote if I am not mistaken. 2 at most.

Anonymous said...

It is disingenuous to say she only won by one vote, Richard, because it was a two-thirds vote. There's a better way.

samoasoftball said...

Bonnie garnered the HCDCC endorsement under their current guidelines. There. That better? Yee. The point is, I hope once Bonnie loses using all these negative ads, that we won't see them again in a future 4th District Supervisor race. You do all know Virginia is going to win don't you?

Anonymous said...

No, do you?

Anonymous said...

This election in particular has got to be one of the most ridiculous things ever. Bonnie? Virginia? Neither of them is particularly appealing. This is all such a joke, over a job where you help make sure pot holes get filled and people feel they're being listened to. Just save the money and hire a therapist who isn't afraid to use a shovel.

Anonymous said...

Richard, your comments bring to mind a single phrase: "The pot calling the kettle black."

It's okay for your people to go negative, but when Bonnie points out that Virginia has presided over a mass jobs and revenue exodus in Eureka, you shriek like a little girl.

My question is, why did you have to stoop to the level of sending out a supremely misleading postcard intended to make its recipients think that your candidates received the Democratic endorsement (which they did not)?

You should be doing a lot of soul-searching right now.

samoasoftball said...

8:30pm-These type political tactics have been used by "progressives" locally going for the Republican votes, what makes it wrong for moderates? Pot calling kettle black back at you.

Anonymous said...

Richard,

Man oh Man am I sad that you bowed to pressure from Larry Glass, Andrew Bird, Bob Service et al by resigning from the HCDCC.

As Mary Shively Boughton points out on Heraldo's blog -

(and kudos to you for braving the poo flinging over there, MSB) -

Larry Glass threw a tantrum at the HCDCC meeting over these mailers, which have been used by both dems and repubs trying to garner votes, but Larry had a meltdown when Marian Brady (WHO IS A DEMOCRAT HERSELF!) had the audacity to have a mailer stating that dems supported her!

Richard, I want you back on the HDCC. You are needed! Our party has been hijacked locally by a small vocal minority.

IIRC, you received the most votes to serve on the HCDCC. Step back up, PLEASE!!!

Anonymous said...

Huh?? Which 'progresive' candidate ever tried to get votes by claiming they were endorsed by Republicans?

If Bass loses, you're going to have to leave town Richard, because almost no one will want to associate with you.

And if Bass wins, you'll have a few friends but they won't respect you. You'll be just another tool to them. Turncoats aren't trusted by anyone.

Anonymous said...

"Huh?? Which 'progresive' candidate ever tried to get votes by claiming they were endorsed by Republicans?"

Guess you were not around for the last election cycle, 632.

How about PVG for starters. There was a flyer before the primary.

samoasoftball said...

6:32pm- Multiple Progressive candidates have done this. You must be pretty politically ignorant to local campaigns.

Anonymous said...

Hey Richard, you claim real names are important to you. But you've given no name of candidates to back up your whining weiner lies intended to justify your own deceitful actions. Which candidates Richard? Their actual names.

If that other post means Gallegos, its true he had some supporters who are known to be Republicans. But Gallegos never said or implied any Republican group backed him, because they didn't. They backed Farmer first and Dikeman later.

samoasoftball said...

9:18am- Nothing to hide. Just call my house and identify yourself and I will be glad to tell you what campaign locally started this tactic and who created the Mailer. Hint: Was not me.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, Here's a challenge. If you were provided with specific examples of local progressive candidates that sent mailers virtually identical those for which Richard was condemned would you show up at the next HCCDC meeting and rant for an hour about how they are scum and should be forced to resign? How about if those same mailers were drafted, designed and produced by another local progressive, would you vilify them too for their "deceitful" act? Come on, take the challenge.

Anonymous said...

"You should be doing a lot of soul-searching right now."

The person most in need of introspection would be the supposed "friend" who sat there the entire time and allowed Richard to be lambasted for a tactic they developed. What does it say about the integrity of someone to let their "friend" effectivly take the fall for their ideas. Richard could easily have deflected the heat from himself by outing his fair weather "friend" but Richard showed himself to be the better man by not revealing his "friend". This friend should give some serious thought to his value as a human being. Winning is not everything.

This "friend" should, at the very least, secure a unanamous resolution from the HCDCC requesting his return. That what a real friend would do. I won't hold my breath.

Anonymous said...

Oh, you make unsupported claims and then say 'call me to find out'. Just another crooked 'bait and switch' lie. Either put your claims up here where you made them or shut up.

The rope is getting tighter and tighter around you, I'm just waiting to read the 'I've decided to move to XXX because of family/health/personal reasons'. Can't wait to see it. Eureka isn't the kind of town it used to be, people are getting smarter about whats going on and who's for real and who's blowing smoke.

Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for "my daddy can beat up your daddy" from Bonnie's radio ads i hear on my way to work every morning.

Anonymous said...

How about your time on the Harbor Commish big Rich? Please list your accomplishments? Since you have taken office ships coming into and out of our bay have fallen like a rock. Our industries have collapsed. You even took down the earthquake gates on the Samoa bridge, potentially endangering the lives of countless motorists. Face it, your time on the commission has been marked by chaos and destruction.

samoasoftball said...

6:19pm-I have been on for less than a year. The earthquake gates have been down way before I came along. California Redwood Company will be using the chip export dock and have 8 to 20 ships a year and we should be financially stable in a few years.

Bob said...

It is hilarious to see people moralizing about negative campaigning when everyone does it. It is like listening to 1480 and hearing the lefties bloviate about the GOP having tons of campaign money when, overall, they have more. Also, anyone that, out of hand, votes for the letter next to someones name as opposed to their stated policies is part of the problem, not the solution. I couldn't care less whether or not someone is a Democrat, former Republican, or semi-Libertarian. I swear most of you would vote for Stalin if he identified as a Democrat and was running against Mother Teresa, the Republican.