Democrat incumbent Texas State Representative Diana Maldonado is in the fight of her political life right now. She represents HD-52, which is in Williamson County. She won her first term in 2008 with the Obama wave helping to push her over the top in a close election. She won by less than 1,000 votes with McCain winning the district
This election year however the Obama wave will be in the opposite direction. Combine that with a great Republican candidate named Larry Gonzales and Maldonado is in serious trouble and she knows it.
What would you do if you are the incumbent in a close race? I would rally my troops and deploy a massive volunteer driven block walking and phone banking operation to identify and turn out my voters. Who better to GOTV and convince undecideds to vote for you than volunteers who have invested time and money into your campaign. If someone is block walking in the 100 degree heat on a Saturday afternoon for you then they must really like you and be passionate about your campaign right?
Republican challenger Larry Gonzales is doing all of the above and more. Gonzales has a great GOTV block walking and phone banking operation run by volunteers. I am sure if you are in Williamson County have seen his signs all across town and you have seen Gonzales at numerous community events.
Unlike Gonzales energized volunteers, it seems like Maldonado’s supporters have all ready thrown in the towel and given up. If her supporters were out block walking and phone banking then why would Maldonado put an ad up on Craigslist for “Paid Canvassers?”
You know a campaign is getting desperate when they pay people to block walk for them. Reminds me of the ACORN workers being paid to sign up Mickey Mouse and the offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys. There are horror stories from campaigns on both sides of paid block walkers peeing and throwing up in peoples front yards, being intoxicated while working and saying they did the work when they really did not.
Will Maldonado’s paid block walkers be any better? What a good way to spend the hard earned money that her supporters have trusted her with.
Below are the details of the Craigslist posting, I have taken out some of the personal information.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: xxxx July xxxx, xxxxx
Subject: RE: Paid Canvassers Needed for Highly Competitive State House Race (Round Rock)
Thanks for responding to the ad, we are working really hard to win this race. If you are interested in a position send me your resume and 2-3 references and we will go from there.
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Paid Canvassers Needed for Highly Competitive State House Race
Date: xxxxx July xxxx, xxxxx
** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html
I would be happy to help your campaign.
If you get any Gonzales or Maldonado block walkers at your house make sure to ask them if they are volunteers or paid! Or just try asking them why they support the person they are walking for. If they can’t articulate anything more than the talking points on the push card they are carrying then they are paid. Leave a note in the comment section if one stops by your house and tell us what happened.