Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Arizona CD 8 Candidate Websites—After the Primary

A full week has now passed since the primary election, plenty of time for each candidate and campaign to update their websites to reflect their thoughts on a race that for most of them is now complete.

Naturally, those victorious on Tuesday were eager to update their content. Randy Graf wasted no time posting “Victory!” on his home page along with press coverage of the event. Gabrielle Giffords less dramatically featured her primary victory as another news item in the updated news section of her home page, yet another milestone, clearly the largest so far, of many favorable announcements regarding endorsements, poll results, and other releases.

More telling perhaps are the websites of those who saw defeat last week. The high road, in the mind of this author, would be to publish words of acknowledgement, heartfelt thanks to supporters, and some words regarding the future and any leadership the candidate wishes to express.

Patty Weiss quickly rose to the occasion and echoed her classy appearance before Giffords supporters the night of the election. Her home page now speaks to the importance of the democrats taking this seat and suggesting we rally behind Gabrielle and support her moving into November.

Francine Shacter also thanked her supporters and reflected positively on her experience, highlighting the important issues facing our country and her support for a democratic victory on November 7.

The Jeff Latas, Alex Rodriguez, and Bill Johnson websites remain unchanged. My understanding is that Jeff developed a very loyal following of hard working volunteers. I find this disappointing in light of how easy it would be to publish a letter of thanks and acknowledgement on the home page. Yes, he could have sent them personal letters. He could have sent them emails. My take remains that classier still is to also include the public remarks before the unknown and possibly infinite viewership of the world wide web post 9/12.

On the republican side, Frank Antoneri updated his site with the Thank You! Heading and voicing his leadership and commitment to keep the seat in Republican control--the analogous statement to Weiss support of blue victory and support for Giffords. Mike Jenkins posted a simple and friendly thank you page, and Mike Hellon published a similarly neat single page that includes a link to his original site.

What stands out, of course, is what occurred with Huffman's site, with all content stripped to a one line sentence. They even removed the title tags that give a page a title in the blue bar at the top.

My assertion is that all of the websites, changed or not, deliver a communication. I wonder what Steve is saying.

10 Comments:

Blogger sirocco said...

After Stevie's childish behavior during the race, and in the immediate aftermath, does one reaslly expect any class from him at the end?

He's probably still sitting in his house holding his breath until his face turns blue demanding the primary vote be overturned and recounted in his favor.

9/21/2006 7:00 AM  
Blogger sirocco said...

By the way, glad to see you have taken the plunge. I have always found your comments on other blogs to be thoughtful and insightful.

9/21/2006 7:05 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Here is the letter that Jeff Latas sent to his supporters:

(Begin Letter)
Thank you!

This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I look back over the last year and I can not believe what we have done. Most all the politically active know that this campaign had great impact in driving the direction of the issues. We stuck to our guns and the other campaigns changed to our lead.

I received a call from Governor Napolitano this morning. She also took notice that we accomplished more than any other campaign considering what we started with. She realized that this campaign was and still is a very powerful force in the political spectrum in Southern Arizona. This is because you were what made thi! s a political force to be reckoned with.

We must continue our battle to change the direction of this country. It took our campaign in this race to make the occupation of Iraq an issue and connecting the dots that this is due to our addiction to oil. Our nominee now realizes how important this is. We must make sure that this is carried on and this must be our job to keep pushing these issues.

Our help is now needed in other races. I would like to encourage you all to find a campaign to help. Because this race in Congressional District Eight consumed many human resources, the Legislative district 25, 26, and 30 have been short of help. Please consider helping:
Pat Fleming, fleming2006@cox.net LD-25 rep

Lena Saradnik, lsaradnik@msn.com LD-26 rep

Charlene Pesquiera, pesquiera_2006@comcast.net LD-26 senate

Clarence Boykins, clarence540@aol.com LD-30 rep

Jeff Chimene, jeff@chimene4az.org LD-30 senate

It is very important that we back our Governor with a strong Democratic representation in both the State Senate and Lower House. It is the success of these races that will affect our lives more closely. It will be these people that will push for better education, health care and water conservation as well as many other issues.

I also encourage you to attend you local clubs and Legislative District meetings. If you are not a Precinct Committeeperson, consider becoming one. If there is an open position in your precinct, you can be appointed.

Enough of the recruiting. Bottom line is that I can’t thank you enough for your support and effort to change this country. I have to! also give special thanks to Salette who has been there from the very beginning pushing for the change this country really needed. I will miss the excitement and the hundreds of new friends I have made. Salette and I will now return to our lives and helping Jesse to recover back to his old self. I will continue to look for opportunities to promote the issues we all have found to be important. I hope I will be able to count on your help to continue this fight, too.

For now, farewell and may your lives be productive, safe, and full of new excitement. Keep in touch and the best of regards!

Jeff (End Letter)

I thought it was very kind of Jeff to try to direct resources to those who have the least.

9/21/2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger sirocco said...

I agree, it was a nice letter by Jeff.

I do wish he'd at least acknowledged Giffords winning the nomination, and asked his supporters to support her at least with their votes, if not with thier time and money.

9/21/2006 9:01 AM  
Blogger The Committee said...

Most candidates did conduct respectable campaigns and reacted at the end with class and dignity, so important for maintaining a democracy.

What is Huffman saying? I think he is saying goodbye.


Nice blog site. It seems to have carried with it many who engage in thoughtful dialogue. It should be a success.

For the name, try SED, like I sed, you sed.
Okay, at least it's short, Framer.

9/21/2006 9:46 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Thanks for the kind words, folks, and thanks Liza for publishing the letter Jeff sent to supporters.

I figured Jeff had to have done something of the sort, and I think the letter is marvelous. If you speak with Jeff, why not suggest he post it on his website?

I wish Jeff well and hope he finds a way to make his voice heard.

9/21/2006 10:07 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

x4mr,
I don't know whether or not Jeff will ever return as a political candidate. I think that a lot of people are looking at his campaign and noting the futility of being a "citizen" candidate. It takes an immense amount of money to have a successful campaign and it really doesn't matter how good you are. If you haven't got the money to buy name recognition and disseminate your message, then you just can't succeed. We need to find ways to level the playing field and there is, of course, no need to start a discussion about how special interests that bankroll politicians ultimately corrupt them.

Its all very sad and it doesn't inspire me to try harder, I can tell you that. It inspires me to find something else to do with my time that might have a chance at success.

9/21/2006 10:47 AM  
Blogger sirocco said...

Liza,

Successful or not, it is possible to build name recognition simply via running. Certainly, after this last election, a lot more people know of Jeff now than did a year ago.

This can have value in many ways if he chooses to run in the future, not the least of which would be the ability to raise funds more easily.

I do hope, after taking some time to unwind from the stress of the primary campaign, Jeff does decide to stay active and run for another position in the future.

9/21/2006 11:47 AM  
Blogger The Screaming Centrist said...

Glad to see you have a blog now, x4mr. Like sirocco, I've always enjoyed your comments at AZCW and RRR.

9/21/2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger Kralmajales said...

Thanks for posting the letter Liza.

Ok...I will say it louder. This is my personal opinion. I think it pretty ridiculous and not so classy at all to have not mentioned Giffords at all in that letter. Congratulate and thank your opponents Jeff! Be gracious.

While I know that he has endorsed her, it has hardly been ringing and that letter did little to rally the troops and mend fences. Something good opponents and good Democrats should do, I believe.

His last attack ad left a bad taste in my mouth...this letter leaves a bitter one.

9/25/2006 8:57 PM  

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