Monday, July 07, 2008

Campaign Cars

Tucson, Arizona. I don't know which candidates are doing this (if you know of a car, submitting a comment informing us would be very much appreciated), but I have seen two so far in Tucson featuring the bright red, white and blue colors of local candidate names. I saw a Joe Higgins Volkswagon Beetle all decked out, and today I saw a Frank Antoneri truck.


Also, today is the one year anniversary of the publication of Something Else. I had hoped to have a superior, updated version by today, but alas, no such luck. Frankly, I feel like I have blogger exhaustion. The last thread wore me out. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for Stacy or Art or those bloggers who had blogs two years ago at this time when people were creating threads of 150-200 comments, and if you think the threads today are spicy, I promise that two years ago (or maybe it was in the spring of 2006) the stuff was just crazy.

In case it isn't obvious, if you host a blog, you really do have to pay attention to the comments. You just don't know if someone is going to submit something absolutely off the map that needs to be deleted and quickly. Fortunately (so far) that has been a very rare event.

I will never seek office, but if did, I would not make a car of myself. Who is going to change their vote because of a campaign car?


Blogger Daniel R. Patterson said...

We offer bumperstickers, but no campaign car.

Daniel Patterson
for State Rep. (D-LD29)

7/07/2008 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Trent Humphries said...

As much as it irks me, name recognition is far more important than issues in most cases. Especially in the lower level races.

Issues will get you money and volunteers, using the two to get name recognition will get you the most votes.

7/07/2008 10:15 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I have not seen the Antoneri truck, but the Higgins Beetles was very loudly "decked out" as x4mr states.

I'll bet a paint job like that must cost at least two or three thousand dollars (at least), in addition to the 20 thousand for the car.

It must be a subliminal thing for the less bright. All of the people I spoke with (admittedly a small sample) looked at me like the idea of it affected their vote as absurd.

I am in LD26. Good luck Trent. I think you have a shot. I don't know anything about LD 29.

7/08/2008 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trent is unfortunately correct that names on cars and bill boards and the like can influence the non-thinking masses who charge to the polls to vote for president and maybe one other name, and then cast the rest of the votes without any knowledge at all.

They see Higgins on the ballot and remember the car, and there you go.

It's how you get the moron vote when no one knows you. I doubt Higgins can unseat Ann Day, but Humphries might win against the likes of his opponents, which do not include Antoneri, in case anyone is not aware.

I'd prefer to see the blue tsunami that forces the republicans to reinvent their party to one less obsessed with handing the country to a handful of executives.

7/08/2008 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cars are not painted as "navigator" suggests they are wrapped with a decal sort of thing.
Higgins loves to see his name and likeness plastered all over anything for any purpose now it is the "vote for Joe" guy before it was the "gotta go wireless" guy on bus stops and other manner of inexpensive promotion all over town. But just as we do not see or hear about Gotta Go Wireless (now defunct) so will go his campaign soon. What will he do to self promote next ? "Joe's Caddy Shack" we have the biggest balls in town ? (golf balls -get your minds out of the gutter)

7/09/2008 8:22 AM  
Blogger AZW88 said...

I wwonder if the campaigns paid for the vehicles as well as the wrap job?!.
Once the campaign is over, peel of the plastic wrap and voila- a new vehicle.....

Hmmmm..... it's not too late to run for school board... wonder if I can get about 40K in donations to get a Prius and have it wrapped with my blond-haired, blue-eyed self!

7/09/2008 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the cars (at least Franks truck) are their own.

7/09/2008 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Wonder how the honchos at Raytheon like seeing Frank's car sitting in the parking lot?

7/09/2008 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Trent Humphries said...

Indeed, the cars are "shrink wrapped" in a particular way where they can be removed later, and the cost (not as much as you would think) is paid from campaign coffers. If I had a car that it would look nice on, I would do it also, but I drive a dark green car whith little side panel space.

Keep in mind that the sign ordinances in Tucson, Marana, and Oro Valley are positively draconian so if you spend a lot of time driving in those areas, and those people can vote for you, it is actually a good way to go at a fraction of what a billboard would cost and far less hassle than continually moving signs to make the sign police happy.

Speaking of Oro Valley, they were gracious enough to provide a card table for Vic, Marilyn, Cheryl, Don, Joe, Ann, Gabby, Tim, myself, and all of our volunteers to share at the fourth of July celebration. I think if they could have gotten away with putting us down in the wash away from everyone else, they would have done that as well. After all, the fourth of July is the traditional holiday of Chiropractors and Chick-fil-a and that democracy stuff just gets in the way.

By the way, if anyone is interested in issues, you can watch the clean elections debates on the AZ Clean Elections web site. Eventually they will have debates from all contested state legislature primaries. District 26is already up.

7/09/2008 10:22 PM  

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