Is this desperation or respect?

Check out the email I received from the Marie Johns for Mayor, Deputy Field Director, Michael Crawford:

I am emailing you as some of the key bloggers in the District to see if you would be interested in attending a meeting between members of the blogging community and Marie Johns.

This will be a great chance for you to hear personally from Mrs. Johns and to ask questions about the issues that are important to you. A date and time have not yet been chosen for a meeting. I assessing interest in the idea to see if it will be something that you are interested in.

Might he be calling me a “key blogger in the District” because of my amazing post volume about DC or is the Marie Johns for Mayor campaign that desperate to claw its way out of the bottom tier of mayoral candidates?

If they’re thinking to include District bloggers into the mayoral race, the Johns camping may be in for a rude surprise. As a group, we rely on high-speed internet more than the usual voter and we are highly educated about the differences in pricing and services from the different cable operators and Verizon, which Mrs. Johns lead as President of Verizon, DC.

We may back Verzion in it’s defense against the RIAA’s subpoenas but we all have Verizon horror stories and would sue for deceptive practices if we could.

Don’t even get us started on John Thorne’s tiered pricing dreams that would make us pay for Internet service twice or thrice. We would only assume you’d charge us for police presence and fire protection on a per use, as well as income tax basis.

Its only too bad that Fenty’s campaign has gone all arrogant and not replied to my query about their own blog-centric campaigning. Still no word if they have a blogger meeting or care to make a real blog.

The corruption of blogging personified by the Adrian Fenty Blog, an endless pro-Fenty profusion without the ability to comment, is more useless propaganda than participatory democracy.

6 Comments so far

  1. David Gaines (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    I agree that it may too little too late. I’d be interested in hearing what Marie Johns’ campaign has lined up for DC bloggers, but apparently I’m not a key blogger, so I’ll continue to write what I write based off the media.

    I have requested interviews with all the camps to no avail. After seeing the poll numbers with Fenty owning 48 percent of the vote compared to Johns’ handfull, I’m not sure if there’s anything I can write anyway to help her chances.

    David Gaines


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    I think it’s probably respect, more than desperation. They’re courting voters and media, and dcmb represents both.


  3. Krempasky (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    speak for yourself. I have NOTHING but great Verizon stories. :)


  4. IntangibleArts (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 8:40 am

    Seems perfectly legit to me: it’s always better for a candidate to go boldly into the world, rather than hiding behind press releases and advertising copy. Seems like the blogging community might be a savvy little shark-tank to play in…. and poll numbers are crap anyway. If more folks thought Johns had a snowball’s chance, they’d stop forcing themselves to pick between two deadweights.


  5. Mari (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 7:50 am

    I got the same email and politely refused because it would devote more effort to my blog than I have alotted. That and community groups have done a great job of hosting ‘meet the candidates’ forums. Also I’d ask stupid softball questions.


  6. KCinDC (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    I got it too but haven’t gotten around to replying. Like Mari I don’t know that I have any good questions to ask.



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