Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hard To Take Campo Seriously

Seventh District Republican congressional candidate Gabrielle Campo has been running anything but a conventional campaign since winning a spot on the ticket to replace Jon Elrod on the November ballot. I've received press releases about balloon rides, neighborhood clean up efforts and preventing teen-age suicide. I've yet to see her offer a single reason based on a substantive issue why voters should choose her over U.S. Rep. Andre Carson. If her goal is to ensure that Andre Carson wins this November's election by a bigger margin than his grandmother ever won a race, she is succeeding. Each passing day confirms the reason I supported Pat O'Connor over her at the GOP caucus. This woman isn't ready to run for city council let alone Congress.


artfuggins said...

In the meantime, when he is not representing us in Washington, Andre Carson is in every neighborhood, at churches, festivals, block club meetings and ging door to door. I dont know where he gets his energy but he is all over this district.

mackenzie197 said...

But, Gary, it's more important for the Marion County GOP leadership to have someone they can "control" than someone who can advocate a forceful message. They'd rather lose with someone who will do exactly as he/she is told than to run a candidate who will have a chance to win (if not in 2008 in 2010) but who has their own mind.

Look how well Mayor Ballard has done listening to the wise political counsel of Tom John, Bob Grand and Joe Loftus rather than follow his own political instincts.

Okay, before I get flack, that last sentence was SARCASM.

Gary R. Welsh said...

He's also spending a lot of time travelling outside of Indiana to raise campaign funds from special interest groups. Campo's campaign is too incompetent to point this out. Robert King handed Campo a gift horse in Andre's claim that a prominent Christian minister tried to extort funds from him in consideration for his support. The career law enforcement officer never reported it to the FBI. Why? Campo's campaign missed a superb opportunity to put Andre in the hot seat by demanding that he come forward with the specifics of the extortion threat and report it to the FBI. Tell him to put up or shut up. If she had done that, it just might have inflicted damage on Andre's credibility. Ergo, she didn't raise the point. It is so frustrating having to sit back and watch one GOP candidate after another here locally run the most incompetent political campaigns possible. Greg Ballard did not run a competent campaign. It was grassroots people and not the party who elected Ballard. The grassroots people who had nothing to do with the GOP made everything happen for Ballard. And those people have been tossed out like garbage. At the rate we're going, the revitalized Marion Co. GOP will be very short-lived.

7th CD guy said...

In the meantime, when he is not representing us in Washington, he is making sure that the oil companies can gouge the consumers for more money and cry "Hurricaine Ike".
When will André make a PUBLIC stand against the oil companies and make them accountable for driving the prices up, just for their own greed.
He DOES NOT help the people, he helps himself.
André, Dubya, McCain, Hussien-Obama, Burton, Pelosi, Kennady, Palin, Cheney, ect.... All one-in-the-same.
No matter who wins what office, the taxpayers are going to get screwed.
art... can you PROMISE that things will get batter after Obama gets elected? Must be done by February
Remember, it took 8 years to get where we are. You expected Ballard to fix it overnight, Obama should be able to since he is your savior!

Maybe you and Wilson can appear with him and let us borrow your rose-colored glasses, so we can see what we are missing

artfuggins said...

He has already stated that just have not paid attention.

garyj said...

He has already stated that just have not paid attention.
What are you talking about, art? The gas prices? Why is his face not all over the media stating this problem? The people Andre` is supposed to be representing are hurting because of the gas prices, and it's not getting any better. Where is the congressman in their time of dire need? Some are actually having to decide whether they eat a decent meal or buy gas to go to work, so they can buy more gas, to go to work, to buy more gas, to go to work, to buy more gas. (vicious cycle, isn't it?) Congress has the power to fix this problem, but too many members are too busy trying to keep their "do nothing" job in congress, and getting contributions from the oil companies so that congress will let them get away with it.

When will things get better for the average person? Under a B. Hussein-Obama administration?
This could go on forever, but the point is useless. Corporations run the country. And will continue to do so.

Shofar said...


Carson's campaign contirbutions

Andre Carson (D - IN)
Cycle Fundraising, 2007 - 2008
Raised: $1,306,787
Spent: $1,223,851
Cash on Hand: $82,934
Debts: $2,170
Last Report: Monday, June 30, 2008

Top 5 Contributors, 2007-2008
ActBlue $25,300
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers $20,000
American Federation of Teachers $15,000
AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America $15,000
BRIDGE PAC $15,000

Top 5 Industries, 2007-2008
Leadership PACs $149,197
Candidate Committees $127,741
Transportation Unions $73,500
Public Sector Unions $70,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $60,245

Total Raised vs. Average Raised,
2007-2008 Fundraising
Cycle Source of Funds, 2007-2008
Individual Contributions $396,390 (30%)
PAC Contributions $888,541 (68%)
Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
Other $21,856 (2%)

NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2007-2008 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on September 08, 2008. ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")

Business as usual in Democrat Washington. The lion's share of money comes from lawyers and unions.

I love the way ActBlue describes Carson:

An Indianapolis native, André Carson graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and earned his BA from Concordia and his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. André is a nine-year law enforcement veteran. His public safety experience includes serving with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Fusion Center. On the Indianapolis City-County Council, André has been a strong voice for our communities.

Concordia is, according to Wikipedia, "an affiliate of the 10-member Concordia University System, which is operated by the second-largest Lutheran church body in the United States, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS)."

And Indiana Wesleyan University, according to Wiki, is "a private Evangelical Christian liberal arts college".

Two Christian schools, and no mention of his Muslim faith. One question, Why? Is he afraid of some type of anti-Muslim backlash?

Gary R. Welsh said...

Shofar, In comparison to Obama, Carson has been quite open and honest about his religion.

MissouriDemocrat said...

It is a shame that Ballard has listened to the likes of the GOP Power Elites. He could have been a great Mayor. When I met him prior to the election he took 15 minutes at the Irvington Street Fair to talk to this democrat about issues. Real issues like crime and budgets, etc. I liked his perspective and he was like the maverick that John McCain wants to be. In the end though it didn't matter. He became a pawn and it is most likely he will be a one termer. I just hope we find someone with brains to lead us.

Jon E. Easter said...

Well, it's good to see you ripping "preventing teenage suicide" on your blog. That's classy.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Twist what I said Easter. No knocks on preventing teen-age suicide. I just don't see what it has to do with running for Congress.