Monday, February 01, 2010

AZ CD-8 Fundraising

So far, only Sonoran Alliance has mentioned AZ-CD8 fund raising results, and the post was a tad selective. Gabrielle Giffords continues to charge ahead, her 2009 efforts yielding $1.2M in receipts for an end of year cash on hand of $1.6M. Despite the fall hysteria at Pima and Swan, the people of the district like their Congresswoman. They didn't fork out $1/4 M for her in 4Q09 because they couldn't think of anything else to do with their money. In this economy? Do the math.

More interesting for some are the studly military white guys brandishing guns and medals for the chance to face Giffords. Anyone griping that the GOP lacked sufficient CD-8 testosteronie in 2008 won't have that complaint this year. Maybe it's Space Shuttle envy, but even guys might want to pop a few birth control pills before attending the next debate if they don't want to get pregnant.

Time will tell what the entry of Jonathan Paton means (if anything) but as of 12/31/09 numbers and word are aligned that Jesse Kelly be da man. His 2009 take approaches $300K with a year end cash on hand of $180K. That's not pocket change for this time in the election and if memory serves me correctly, equals or exceeds what Giffords had at this time in her successful 2006 bid. Those who have yet to take Kelly seriously should get that Kelly is taking Kelly seriously as are 180,000 of his friends.

So far (and yes, it's still early) Brian Miller has disappointing numbers, but at least he has numbers. His 2009 total receipts of $77 K cement his candidacy as real and not just an ego's hot air. Like Giffords and Kelly, Miller also has real expenditures associated with uh, a campaign.

Skipping the 2006 era blogger bloodlust, let's just recognize that Goss and Carlson should go home. The Goss assault rifle raffle is as embarrassing as his issues material, and Raytheon employee Tom Carlson flies so low under the radar I didn't know about him until last week. Neither have raised a thing, and it is beyond generous to simply note that Carlson's web site shows he is no factor in the race. Sonoran Alliance has mentioned Carlson but for good reason doesn't bother to list his site at the links in their right column (SA also excludes Jonathan Paton - hmmm).

I'm still waiting for data that distinguish Paton from the insider accepted but voter unaccepted Steve Huffman of 2006. Last I checked, the web site still sucks.

UPDATE: The first comment below as well as an email informs me that per Gila Courier Carlson has dropped out.



Blogger Joe said...

Carlson has apparently dropped out:

2/01/2010 1:50 PM  
Blogger M Thrasher said...

And endorsed Brian Miller when he dropped out.

2/01/2010 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

x4mr, or for that matter, anyone,

Where and when is the next debate for the Republican candidates? They need to start doing this, not only to educate voters but also to prepare for Giffords.

2/01/2010 3:24 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Ironwood Ridge High School
2475 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley

Thursday, February 11, 2010
6:00 p.m. assemble in lobby
6:30 p.m. seating for debate.

2/01/2010 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

I sense and share your lack of enthusiasm for Paton. Perhaps we're being impatient. He just announced and we should withhold judgment for another month or so. Also, let's see what he does at the next debate.

The tea people don't like Paton, but they don't get that Kelly and Miller won't beat Giffords.

No hard feelings, but you know that, x4mr (Giffords supporter). Hence your generosity towards Kelly and Miller and reserved but noticeable hostility towards Paton.

2/01/2010 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

A week or so ago I warned you that people cheered when you wrote "That’s All Folks!" and then got all pissed off when you kept blogging and got even stronger. You shot from unranked to 4th in AZ at BNN this week.

I warned you a week ago, and now a blogger has written a post about you using your real name. He’s even posting where you work with contact info.

He thinks you’re a right winger! He lists some books you have read, like Ayn Rand, Deepok Chopra, and Ken Wilber. He called those books "self help" and, not kidding, thinks you are part of the "new right."

Do you know about this guy? I always thought you’d be attacked by conservatives. He’s a LEFTY displeased with your Cloth material and the ouster of Nina Trasoff. He is outing you big time.

You now have Observer’s official "Independent" badge.

2/02/2010 9:16 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

I saw his post late last night and looked again this morning.

For the record, I am not an anonymous blogger. He hasn’t "outed" anyone. All readers know my name and can learn where I live and work on the first page of a google search. Tucson Choices, Gila Courier, Sonoran Alliance, Blog for AZ, RRR, CPMAZ, elected folks, and others all know and have for years. I still correspond with some.

Tedski exchanged some sparks with this clown way back in 2005/6, prompting the comment, "Wow, Ted, how come your enemies are so frigging stupid?"

The Blog for AZ guys apparently know him as well. He seems to be a Clothophile who disapproves of the extent to which my blog is "about me." Uh, it is my blog. If he wants scoop on Brittany Spears he can follow her on Twitter.

Readers like yourself, Liza, Nav, Sirocco, etc., can see the man is clueless, at least in terms of this place. I would also question his grasp of Ayn Rand’s work, let alone my rejection of it, and Ken Wilber?

2/02/2010 10:45 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Love your blog, x4mr, but NO WAY, no how, not even on your birthday are you 4th in the state. Not a chance. I never did understand those rankings, and how could Observer could say you were "getting stronger" LAST WEEK?

I suppose every now and then it's inevitable you will provoke a nut case. What a piece of work - the tragedy that happens when a Luke fails to find his Yoda. Sad.

And no sense of humor! I thought the quip about testosterone and birth control pills was hilarious.

2/02/2010 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

I have read what Luke wrote. He has NO CLUE. He describes people converting from Democrat to Republican through a "self-flattering" journey with self help books. Chopra brings out the inner Republican?


He then ascribes this notion to x4mr and concludes that x4mr has a deep seated problem with public agencies like TREO. He has not read enough to know about the crimes committed by TREO, DTP, Rio Nuevo, Lot 175, DDC, ... I know I recently read x4mr's praise for the economic development agencies in Albuquerque. He also praised San Diego and Austin.

Luke is like that blogger Carni. Remember Carni Wearetribal, who got kicked off Stacy's blog, who said that Jeff Latas only knew where to crash a plane, who went postal on Liza at Art's, who said Patty Weiss was running for office to get psychotherapy? Carni boasted that he was super educated and a published expert in anthropology or psychology, but wouldn't "pay for the diploma." Then we learned he'd never been to college and worked part time low wage jobs.

I can't put my finger on it, but there's a certain jealousy with these guys. I can't see it, but I can definitely smell it. It reeks.

2/02/2010 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anon said...

Occam’s razor, Matt.

What tripped Knipe’s wire is the Tucson Sentinel blog roll including you as "x4mr." His blog is not listed.

Luke thought his ten second Google search was a revelation. Without taking the time (idiot) to consider that there’s more to the Cloth story than a guy in KY (and more to your blog than Cloth), he just dissed your whole site with that wacko self-help shit and petty barbs about your title and style.


Thomas is right. The kook is all jealousy. Tedski knows, and if you want a real dose, ask Rob O’Dell.

2/03/2010 8:16 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

"Occam's Butterknife" — i.e. when the simplest, most straightforward explanation of some phenomenon is emotionally disturbing to you, try for something more complicated.

Other than being an amusing (given known context) read, that site isn't worth a fraction of the time we have all spent on it.

2/03/2010 1:48 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Spot on, Sirocco, and I have received emails consistent with what Anon wrote.

Rob O'Dell is on the front lines of this conversation, which hopefully terminates now for those of us here.

2/03/2010 7:45 PM  

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