Random thoughts from a picnic: Republican-style.
What Not To Do: One
As I wandered around Wickham Park Pavilion during the Brevard Republican Executive Committee event on Saturday, I noticed a large picture of President Obama. After my double-take, I took a closer look. Obama had a long Pinocchio nose – I thought that was cute. He also had a target/bulls-eye on his face - I thought that was wrong.
I tracked down the owner of the photo - Regina A. Weiler – candidate for Republican State Committeewoman. I’m not sure what that job entails, but I’m sure I will not vote for Ms. Weiler.
I told her the photo should come down as I believed it was disrespectful. She disagreed. She said it began as a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game, but now is used as a campaign prop. I said it was dangerous.
This is kind of stuff that liberals love to use to make conservatives look like yokels. This is the kind of stuff the Secret Service loves to investigate. This is the kind of stuff that moderates and independents hate. This is the kind of stuff that needs to stop.
What Not To Do: Two
I met a candidate for the Brevard County School Board while I was in line to get a hamburger. She said her name was Keri Lewis. Evidently she is running for District 4 against incumbent Karen Henderson.
I told Ms. Lewis that I was a part-time reporter for http://www.brevardtimes.com/ and I might like to interview her before the primary. She said that she didn’t do well talking in front of groups and didn’t do well on radio interviews. I said we could have coffee. She said she would love to get some advice from me. I told her again I was a reporter. She said I would probably be able to give her a lot of tips on campaigning.
Ms. Lewis – tip number one – when you are asked to give a quick speech to a group of Republican faithful four weeks before your primary – don’t read it off of a memo pad. I’m not in Karen Henderson’s district – but if I was – I would be voting for her.
What Not To Do: Three
You should show up if you are an incumbent for a constitutional office. Shame on Mitch Needelman and Jim Ford for being no-shows. I’ll even give benefit of the doubt that they had conflicts. At least they should have had a booth with some supporters there.
The last time I checked, there were no ivory towers in Brevard County, fellas.
Romney showed up at the NAACP for goodness sake – not exactly a friendly crowd there. Show some backbone…
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