Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vic Rawl's campaign relied on robocalls, emails to win

Posted by Chris Haire on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I'm not a book guy.

In fact, I can't tell you the last time I finished a book.

Not that I don't buy books, none of them novels. I do. I just read bits and pieces. I really don't have time to do much more.

But Vic Rawl, the Charleston man who lost the Democratic Party's U.S. Senate nom to the Manning mystery man Alvin Greene, has plenty of time to read books, according to his campaign website.

Vic is 64 years old. He reads extensively, finishing over 150 books in the last year. He also enjoys travel, golf, hunting, and off-shore fishing.

Hmm. With all of that reading, you've got to wonder when he found the time to campaign over the past year. His time-management skills must be epic.

Speaking of Rawl's disastrous campaign, according to Tom Schaller at FiveThirtyEight.com, he was contacted by Walter Ludwig, Vic's campaign guy. Ludwig, who Schaller says is a close friend of his, offers up some enlightening information about Rawl's campaign ... or lack thereof.

According to FiveThirtyEight,

We, on the other hand, while we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on primary, we did do 220,000 robocalls (including one with Rep. John Spratt), and sent out about 250,000 emails in the five days before election. So, yes, we weren’t well known, but we had gone to 80 events around the state, and Rawl had some public profile previously, especially in Charleston County.

I don't know about you, but spamming voting — make no mistake, that's what robocalls and blanket emails are — do not a campaign make. You need campaign signs, mailers, TV ads, things that actually get your name out there to the people — especially those who don't know who the hell you were in the first place.

As for the Rawl campaign's claim that in some precincts Greene received more votes than the number of ballots counted, a claim Ludwig made to the Politico, one Lowcountry website is calling shenanigans.

According to the Charleston Reader, which I'll be the first to admit looks like someone's personal blog and not a more credible source, has this to say:

The claim of 25 precincts having over-votes for Greene appears to be completely without basis. It doesn’t take a “national academic expert” to check the facts. Any fool, including us, can go to the SC State Election Commission website to view the certified official vote counts in each race in each precinct in each county. Check the vote totals in the Democratic primary for US Senate in Spartanburg County against the total votes cast on a Democratic ballot in those same precincts. You’ll find that not only do no Greene vote totals exceed the total votes cast, but never do the combined Greene and Rawl totals exceed them either.

When is Rawl and the S.C. Democratic Party going to admit that Rawl ran a lackluster campaign, one that was virtually as nonexistent as the nonexistent campaign run by Greene, who it increasingly looks is a couple cards short of a full deck.

I had eggs for breakfast. They were tasty. My advice: Wipe the egg off yours and make an omelet.

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