Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Senator For Utah

We need Pete Ashdown. Read about the photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid Pete doesn't stand a chance of being elected since he hasn't been able to raise any significant money to speak of and his new campaign manager is incompetent and has zero experience managing political campaigns.

7/26/2006 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger Pete Ashdown said...

Dear Anonymous,

I've raised more than any other challenging Democrat in Utah.

If you'd like to discuss my recent staff changes, I encourage you to come sit down with me. It sounds like you have very little information to make your judgements from.

7/26/2006 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Hatch will beat Ashdown like a drum in November (something like 68% to 32%), Ashdown should have some fun. Bring up the "theocracy" thing again. That was cool.

7/26/2006 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Reed L. Clegg said...

Just in passing, after looking at Pete's lit, website, etc. Whom does he think he is fooling by leaving off any mention of his running on the "D" ticket? Does he honestly think that Hatch will not mention it? Or, that when we all go to vote, the little donkey on republican-vote-theft-Diabold machine won't maybe let the secret slip? Yeah, yeah, I know he mentions it, but you have to dig to find it, and when you do, he's usually mentioning it with a "yeah, I'm a Dem, but I'm not a peckerhead like the rest of 'em"

Honestly, Democrats are wonderful people, Pete. Quit pretending that you are allergic.

7/27/2006 07:05:00 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Right on, Pete. You got my vote!

7/27/2006 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger Pete Ashdown said...

Oh you guys are adorable! For future reference, the "alt-F" key will bring up the "find" feature in most browsers.

If you'd like to read my thoughts on theocracy, you can find them here. Maybe you should propose a new Wiki topic, "Why the USA should be more like Iran."

As for being a Democrat, I've put it on the menu bar of every page just for you Reed. You may also want to spend some time listening to my convention speech. For the lazy, I'll cut to the chase, "If you want to be popular and play with the wealthy, be a Republican. If you want to help people, be a Democrat." For extra credit find the attribution of that quote.

Now someone tell me where to find Orrin's thoughts on the same topics. Why is he a Republican? Is it the rampant fiscal conservancy? The shrinking size of government? How about the lack of interference in our public lives and strict adherence to the 4th Amendment? Maybe the concentration on domestic affairs over foreign adventurism? Perhaps its the unwillingness to amend the Constitution for political gain?

7/27/2006 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiring your best friend's wife, who is incompetent at best and has no campaign experience, to be your campaign manager does not inspire confidence of a healthy campaign.

Why not hire someone who knows what they are doing? For a democrat to beat Hatch in Utah, which I believe is doable, you'd have to have a campaign manager with a lot of experience at winning tough campaigns.

From what I read, Pete has only raised around $60K compared to Hatch's $2.49M campaign account. $60K for a Senate campaign is NOTHING.

7/27/2006 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger Pete Ashdown said...

Dear Anonymous,

My best friend's wife comes from a ten-year-job of raising money for the DNC, John Kerry, and Bob Graham. She was actually someone who I asked last year when I started, but she turned me down at the time because she wanted to stay with her job.

If you believe you know someone better suited for this position, I'd like their name. Winning federal campaign managers in the Democratic camp are few and far between in Utah. I'm sure you have been equally critical of familial campaign managers in other winning campaigns in Utah.

7/27/2006 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no problem with the fact that your campaign manager is your best friend's wife, if she's qualified, but it seems like she only got the job because she was your best friend's wife...and maybe you were running out of funds to pay a real campaign manager. You only have $12K on hand?

One of the many reasons you need big bucks for a Senate campaign is because you need to hire someone who not only has experience, but is well connected. This hypothetical person would probably be someone from outside Utah who has the connections to bring big dollars to your campaign, among other things.

Having met Mary, I find it hard to believe that she is at all competent at anything, let alone raising funds for the DNC.

If she does have such great, lengthy experience raising funds for the DNC, she must have really great contacts and the big PAC funds should start rolling into your campaign fund soon. Because I would like to see Hatch out of office, I hope this is true, but I am skeptical.

If she did have all this experience raising funds, she would have connections and she probably would have hooked you up with her connections last year, even if she wasn't working for you, because she's your best friend's wife.

So call me skeptical.

7/27/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger That One Guy said...

maybe this horse is long-dead already, but, anon, if you're going to sling that kind of hash around, maybe you should not do it anonymously...

Just a thought. Pete has the courage to come to his own defense, in person, on someone else's blog page, you should do the same, Orrin.

7/31/2006 02:40:00 PM  

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