Wednesday, August 2, 2006

How (NOT) to Woo a Cox Supporter

In order to win the general election, Mark Taylor needs most of the 211, 978 people who voted for Cathy Cox to vote for him. In response to all those who've asked, yes, I'm "on board." Whatever that means. Yes, we need to be together as we move forward, and as Tom Bourdeaux said, Cathy was my first choice, but Sonny is my last choice, as in "last person on earth" to be our Governor. That said, those who have been Taylor supporters all along, should consider that when reaching out to the rest of us, some approaches are more effective than others, and some methods just might drive some to do the unthinkable: vote for Perdue. Consider this:

1) Mark Taylor got it right. Follow his example. On Saturday, Taylor shook my hand and said, "I would appreciate your support going forward." I said, "Thank you." Odd reply? After two weeks of Taylor supporters doing some of the things below, I was grateful that the candidate had the good sense to simply say the right thing. Take a page from that book.

2) The "Bash Cathy" approach will not win friends. Don't call to ask for support for Taylor and take the opportunity to criticize Cathy. It will be a short conversation.

3) Don't be arrogant. It's a turn off. A "bend over and take your licks" attitude may make you feel powerful, but will it get Taylor elected? I don't think so.

4) Don't ask lifelong Democrats if they are "on board." Do you really think I would vote for Perdue? Please.

5) Don't be manipulative. For example, don't tell us that Taylor can win the general, and if he fails to win, the loss will be the fault of those who failed to "get on board", or Cathy's fault because she chose to run at all. Give me a break. Tough primarys have produced many a Georgia Governor.

6) Don't blame Cathy for Sonny's tactics. Don't call and tell me that Cathy cooperated with Sonny and endorsed him sending out the letter to her supporters. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Cathy's been on a much needed vacation, and her donor list is available on the State Ethics Commission's website. Even Sonny's smart enough to figure that out. The tactic is classic Republican politics. In fact, Calder Clay sent a similar letter to Chuck Byrd supporters when Jim Marshall won that primary. Didn't work then, won't work now.

7) Ditch the full court press. Don't call our friends and tell them what we should do, or that you are going to find out "what kind of Democrat" we are. This is both offensive and manipulative, and while it doesn't make me want to vote for Sonny, it doesn't make me want to roll my sleeves up either.

Someone on this blog opined that the Lt. Governor doesn't need to do anything to reach out to Cox supporters; he won the primary and that's all he needs to do. I don't agree. Cox voters are the easiest pond for Taylor to fish. He needs those votes, and it would be a mistake to assume that all the fish will just jump in the boat. Whether they "ought" to is an irrelevant discussion. We have to deal with the realities of human nature. The Lt. Gov. knows how to ask. I suggest that others follow his example.


Tina said...

I'm still picking up kleenex after the primary but I'm "on board" and ready to do all I can to help the Democratic candidate, Mark Taylor, unseat the Republican incumbent. And I want all the other Democratic candidates to win as well! Go, Democrats!

Kudzulicious said...

But first, Cathy Cox needs to be gracious and urge all her supporters to support Mark Taylor. That would make the transition much easier and would prove that she's a loyal Democrat and not cozying up to Sonny.

MelGX said...

Great post Amy. I've noticed this behavior too. Some of these kids remind me of rabid sports fans who go on rampages after "their team" wins, as if they had something to do with it. There is an arrogance and a sense of entitlement that's very troubling here.

The last time I checked, Taylor won. I can't imagine how they would be behaving had he lost.

Fall Line Dem said...

The post is not about what Cathy or her supporters should do. The question is what Mark Taylor can and should do to reach out to Cathy and her supporters. If Mark Taylor facilitated the withdrawal of the suits against Peter Jackson and Cathy's office, that would be a good start. Finally, if you heard Cathy's concession speech on election night, she urged support of Mark.

Ed Hula III said...

The suit against Peter Jackson is in no way associated with the MT campaign. PJ made some dumb dumb *DUMB* statements and there are legit legal ramifications for the statement.

The other lawsuit was against the Sec of State's office and i belive it was settled.

Fall Line Dem said...

The Taylor campaign's lawyer filed the suit against Peter Jackson. Tell me that they're not related.

Ed Hula III said...

they are not related because the Taylor campaign did not start the lawsuit.

Ed Hula III said...

look, suppose Rick Dent did something slanderous. Mark Dehler then represents who ever was slandered. Is/would the CC campaign have had a role in it?