Thursday, July 13, 2006

Beware of "Push Polls"

From: Advisory Committee, Friends of Jan Schneider

Beware of "Push Polls":
Schneider to Run a "Clean Campaign"

As recently reported in local newspapers, some other campaign or group is conducting a "push poll" heaping plaudits on an opponent and hurling attacks against Jan Schneider. Whoever is responsible for the poll seems to have joined the "Katherine Harris lite" school of politics.

The current poll resuscitates an old accusation by Harris in a previous Congressional race that Schneider is a "dangerous foreign agent." Far from engaging in cloak-and-dagger operations, Schneider registered as a foreign agent when she was an attorney for the Government of Canada, as is required by United States law. The poll also advances a number of other untrue assertions, half-truths and slurs.

For those not contacted by the pollsters, here are excerpts from newspaper accounts:

Stephen Majors, "Polls provide more questions than answers," Herald, June 26, 2006:

"Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Jan Schneider said a few of her supporters have been contacted by a polling firm asking 'push' questions like, 'Would you support Jan Schneider if you knew she was an agent of a foreign government?' As an international lawyer in the past, Schneider has had the opportunity to sometimes represent foreign governments. But Schneider's campaign said she resents being portrayed as if she were some sort of 'secret government agent.' Schneider said she doesn't yet know who is behind the questions.

"Angela Barranco, a spokeswoman for the other Democratic candidate, Christine Jennings, said, 'Officially we don't comment on political strategy,' when asked whether the Jennings campaign was behind the polls."

Jeremy Wallace, "Schneider upset with new poll," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 27, 2006 (blog):

Democrat Jan Schneider isn't happy about a National Research Corporation poll being administered in the 13th Congressional District that is loaded with negative questions about her.

Pollsters ask Democratic voters what they think about a candidate who has tax problems, who has threatened to change parties and who was once an agent for a foreign government - a similar charge that U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, made about Schneider in 2002 during their battle against one another.

"Whoever is doing it, it sounds like the Katherine Harris-lite campaign," Schneider said this afternoon.

"The campaign team for Democrat Christine Jennings wouldn't comment on the poll. Jennings' campaign manager Angela Barranco said by rule, they do not discuss campaign strategy."

There seems little doubt that whoever is conducting the unacknowledged poll is testing the waters for future negative campaign tactics. The Sarasota Civic League has, however, required all candidates participating in its evaluation process -- in the case of FL13, all but Republican Vern Buchanan -- to execute a pledge against negative campaign advertising. Advertisements are to be considered "negative" and unacceptable "if they violate the core values of compassion, honesty, responsibility, fairness and respect."

Friends of Jan Schneider acknowledges that "attack ads" and other forms of political "mudslinging" are popular with certain candidates because they often work. They are also inherently flawed, insulting to the voters and likely to backfire. "Especially at a time when the country is at war, plagued with an $8.4 trillion dollar national debt and beset with a vanishing middle class," Schneider is determined "to focus on the issues of vital importance to the people of this district and our country."

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At July 26, 2006 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder why no one out there has challenged CJ regarding the FEC violations she has committed. Both Republican and Democrat Candidates are aware of her incompetence. Hopefully we will hear soon about how the Democrats pick of the month has no clue how to run a campaign and has jeopardized the democrat seat by taking illegal contributions without filing. Get ready for a hot race in District 13. The truth hurts but it is time for a rookie to learn what can happen when you have NO experience.

At August 12, 2006 4:18 PM, Blogger indythinker said...

My name is Major Robert L. Hanafin, USAF-Retired (of Ohio), and I was on the senior staff of Veterans for John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential Campaign. In short, a Veteran Friend of mine in the 13th Congressional District asked me to do an impartial assessment between Candidates Schneider and Jennings because of some confidential concerns he had as a VETERAN. I sent my response to Ms. Schneider and would like readers to see my response to this Veteran in Florida. Marc, As promised, I took an IMPARTIAL UNDECIDED Voters look at the two candidates from the view of an Army Dad with a Soldier on his second combat tour in the sandbox, who just also happens to be a Retired Military Officer myself and here is my honest opinion and assessment. (Well from a senior campaign advisor on Veterans for John Kerry 2004 National HQ)You have my permission to pass this to each campaign if it may prove helpful to anyone.
Admittedly not personally meeting or hearing either candidate speak at a candidate's forum nor debate the issues, this appears to be either a National or State Democratic party move to endorse Jennings for whatever reason. Thus, as an UNDECIDED VOTER, I would not put much faith nor credence in any endorsement or decision made by EITHER Democrat or Republican National or State party that the candidate THEY endorse is the best one for the job or the people of the 13th district.
( being said, as an UNDECIDED voter (registered Democrat), and the only access to information I had was the above websites. Given my age (56) and computer savy (a growing number of folks older than I are computer savy BTW, I would definitely VOTE FOR Jan Schneider and recommend that everyone on my EXTENSIVE contact list in Florida VOTE for her (don't know how many are in the 13th district).
I would say that goes TWICE if they are a Veteran or Military Family member. Why? Well as you said Marc, Ms. Schneider's position on THE ISSUES are very clear on her website (in fact Candidate Jennings should FIRE whomever developed hers). I could not even find the term VETERAN on Ms. Jennings website let alone where she stood on Veterans Issues or Iraq???
If you have access to the Schneider campaign my advise to THEM would be the same UNDECIDED VOTER'S advise given to the Lamont campaign in Connecticutt against Joe Leibermann (who of course the National Party also endorsed and supported). Spend all Ms. Schneider's limited war chest in the final days of the Primary going after UNDECIDED Voters on ONE ISSUE - the War in Iraq. If the 13th District has a high concentration of Military Retirees go after that vote by having Ms. Schneider talk about Military Retirees being screwed by the Pentagon then wrap up by focusing on Veterans Issues.

I will post this commentary on their campaign Blog.

Major Hanafin

"Marc S. Killam" wrote:

Thanks for your input Bobby. These are issues which I will indeed ask them to address.

My answer in short on why I support Schneider and not Jennings goes something like;

In 2004 during the run up to primaries, I got to ask Ms. Jennings just where did she stand on the issues that are of concern to our Veterans.

Ms. Jennings replied I'm for them."

When I asked Ms. Schneider the very same question, I got a rather "detailed response."

For example, She believes that our Veterans Administration should receive mandatory funding for healthcare costs. {direct funding} & that these costs should not be subjected to yearly budgetary battles on Capitol Hill. She pretty much addressed each & issue, with a clarity Ms. Jennings will never be able to develop.

My own impression then & now, are exactly the same, Ms. Jennings claims the endorsement of John Kerry, well I personnally got on the phone with the Senator's offices in Washington, I spoke with a Raul Avida, he stated emphatically, that John Kerry has NOT & IS NOT Endorsing her campaign.

In 2004 Jan Schneider got 49% of the votes, in an election in Florida, that very much like Ohio, where the election result's have been compromised. {GOOGLE CLINTON CURTIS & read his affidavit of his testimony before Congress, where he testified as a "Whistleblower." Such testimony depends on the results of a polygraph examination. it's quite chilling reading.}

That's just a wee bit of what's wrong down here Bobby. By the way sir, how is your son doing? Still deployed? All my best reguards

Thank you & please remember, for America's Sake, Remain Vigilant & Resist Bush!

Marc Killam
U S Navy Veteran

"...if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their housing, their schools, their jobs, their CIVIL RIGHTS, their CIVIL LIBERTIES.. if that is what they mean by a "LIBERAL" then yes I am PROUD to be a "LIBERAL"..."
John F. Kennedy 35th US President


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