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Thousands of LieberYouth for Election Day

by: Matt Browner Hamlin

Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 10:28:29 AM EDT


Millionaire lawyer Joe Lieberman continues to use his massive fundraising advantage over Ned Lamont to buy his way back into Washington. He's raising over $100,000 per day from large corporations and Republican donors and that money is being swiftly turned around into what is surely going to be one of the most expensive ground game's Connecticut has every seen. Lieberman's campaign doesn't really have volunteers, but instead relies mostly on paid canvassers. I myself was offered a job as a $60 per day volunteer after I expressed interest in going to see Bill Clinton stump for the millionaire lawyer Lieberman last Monday.

Now the New Haven Register reveals the extent to which the Lieberman camp is trying to by the election through paid staff.

Smith said they now have between 200 and 300 volunteers and paid staff, to canvass daily. Democratic workers in New Haven said the campaign told them it hopes to hire up to 4,000 workers by Election Day.
Matt Browner Hamlin :: Thousands of LieberYouth for Election Day
Meanwhile, New Haven Alderwoman Jacqueline James, D-3, said a young, mostly white staff from New Jersey was in charge of canvassing for Lieberman, and that hundreds of people were turned away July 22 after being told the campaign was looking for 16- to 21-year-olds.

The alderwoman estimated 56 young people were hired out of about 500 people who showed up, attracted by the $60 a day fee, or about $800 for the duration.

She said LGS does not know the demographics of the city at all. James suggested that they match inexperienced teens with more savvy workers, but this was rejected.

"They kept saying this is how we do it in New Jersey. I kept telling them, ‘This is not New Jersey,’" said James, who no longer volunteers for Lieberman.

Millionaire lawyer Joe Lieberman can't rely on volunteer support because it simply doesn't exist. He has no base and can only use his millions of campaign dollars to lure people to do his dirty work. Lieberman is talking about hiring 4,000 people to volunteer for him and he doesn't even have 4,000 donors supporting his campaign in Connecticut.

What's more, it looks like the much-hyped GOTV ringer Tom Lindenfield isn't tailoring his strategy to the campaign he's running. The money and employees are there for Lieberman so I'm not prepared to dismiss their overwhelming ground efforts, but it's telling the Lieberman turns to DC insiders for a his Connecticut reelection campaign. Lieberman is out of touch with Connecticut and his disconnect is now costing his campaign tens of thousands of dollars in hired help. At least millionaire lawyer Lieberman can take consolation in knowing that his buddies in DC will continue to underwrite his campaign.

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You mean he's trying to buy the election (0.00 / 0)
with mercenaries, um, hirelings, er, paid staff?

I wonder if they are all registered Democrats.


Or registered CT for Lieberman? (0.00 / 0)
I don't know. They'll probably be largley in-state, but that doesn't mean they're registered to vote, let alone registered Dems. 4,000 people is roughly 6% of the total number of voters Joe would need to win (guessing 65,000). He's literally buying those 4,000 votes, let alone the work they're doing to drum up support and create the illusion of a Democratic base lining up behind millionaire Joe Leiberman.

Disclosure: I'm proud to work for the Service Employees International Union

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Heh (0.00 / 0)
Not surprising. I happen to know the out-of-state volunteer coordinator for the Lieberman campaign. We go to the same university.

And, not to anyone's surprise, this person is from New Jersey.

"Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore


Funny that as ranking Member of the Senate (0.00 / 0)
Homeland security committee Lieberman was silent as the  Poor and Black people of New Orleans were dieing of thirst and Neglect but Lieberman found $60 a day for 4000 black kids in CT when he realized he might be thrown off of his throne.

If the Next Katrina doesn't happen when Lieberman is campaigning does anyone think he'll stand up to Bush then?I doubt it.


the article says white (0.00 / 0)
The Register paints a slightly disturbing picture of how the paid canvassing will work:
eanwhile, New Haven Alderwoman Jacqueline James, D-3, said a young, mostly white staff from New Jersey was in charge of canvassing for Lieberman

It sounds to me like Lieberman has paid, white staff supervising/directing paid minority canvassers. How, exactly, does that power dynamic play into Lieberman's insinuations that Lamont is a racist?

Disclosure: I'm proud to work for the Service Employees International Union

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Hey, Nedheads? Want some free money? (0.00 / 0)
Why not join the "Lieberyouth" and campaign for Ned? It's the perfect job. You get to soak up money from Lieberman AND still support the candidate who really fights for the young. After all, how is Joe going to know what you really do with that clipboard? Do you think he can run some sort of check on you to confirm your loyalty? Is he going to record your every move and word so he's sure that you've said the right thing to each person you visit? Is he going to pair you up with another "Lieberyouth party member" to make sure you're doing the right thing?

The perfect thing to thwart this tactic is to embrace it. All you thousands of high school and college Nedheads - join this Lieberyouth and destroy it from within.

Even better, you could take that Liebermoney and give it to Ned.

But seriously, money can buy a lot of things, but I doubt there's enough money in the world to generate enthusiasm and excitement for Joe Lieberman in teenagers. Even if this mass hiring succeeds, what you'll get is the broken-voiced fry guy at your door. That isn't going to inspire a lot of voters.


Diabolical (0.00 / 0)
That's profound, and I think I saw a clue last Saturday night at the Temptations show. They actually had a fellow handing out lieberman flyers smack dab in the middle of the main entrance to the park who could have passed as a double for ctblogger! I was handing out  CDs of 9/11-inside job related protest music, and when I told him what it was he eagerly accepted one. Right then I knew his true heart...

"If those in charge of our society...can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves." ~~Howard Zinn

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Hundreds Turned Away (0.00 / 0)
"56 young people were hired out of about 500 people who showed up... Hundreds of people were turned away July 22 after being told the campaign was looking for 16- to 21-year-olds."

Why were they turned away?

Too Old?

Too Black?

Too independent minded to be bought?

I hope everyone rejected votes for Ned - to offset the votes Joe is BUYING.


out of staters (0.00 / 0)
I can tell you with a quite a bit of certainty that he's been bringing people up from Missouri. Seeing as today for yet another day a man from Missouri was circulating petitions outside of a waldbaums in West Hartford.

 
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