Category Archives: Campaign 2006

Wha? Lieberman site wasn’t hacked?

I was reading TPM today and found myself chuckling with the Federal probe completed today commenting on the fact that Lieberman’s website was not hacked, rather that the takedown of the site during the day before the primary election was due to “misconfiguration”. Continue reading

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Massa v. Dickert: Libel Case Settled

The following are excerpts of a joint statement that Eric Massa and I collaborated on drafting which follows the libel complaint described in an earlier post.

Eric Massa has since learned that the allegations regarding Sanford Dickert were unfounded. Eric Massa regrets and acknowledges the unrealized benefit to Democratic political campaigns as a result of Sanford Dickert’s absence from organized political activity during the pendency of this litigation.

To the extent that misunderstandings in the heat of the campaign were wrongfully interpreted or misunderstood by anyone, Eric Massa offers his regrets to Sanford Dickert and is prepared to use his good name to remediate the foregoing and any harm caused to Sanford Dickert’s good reputation. Continue reading

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Massa v. Dickert: Arbitration Hearings Cancelled

With just 96 hours left until the arbitration hearings were to begin, Eric Massa suddenly conceded that the campaign was responsible for upholding my contract, which was the original reason for this arbitration. Eric Massa also withdrew with prejudice (meaning he can not try to bring them up again) the counterclaims that he had made against me in the arbitration.

While this is a significant battle to have won, the war for my good name is not over yet. Unfortunately, I still have the lawsuit against Eric Massa for the false and inflammatory accusations he made about me that hit the press during the final days of the 2006 campaign. The impact of these unfounded accusations still reverberate in my personal and professional life long since the campaign ended. Continue reading

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End of the election…next steps…

It is 12:15am and I have been up watching the returns. I am thrilled that the Dems have won the House – and maybe will win the Senate, but I will find out tomorrow morning. Jim Davis in Florida did not survive the Charlie onslaught – has so much feeling like the Kerry-Bush debates. Continue reading

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Election Day – where will you be?

Whatever you do, make sure you get out and vote this cycle – it is about make a change happen in the country, and while it does not have the glamour of a Presidential election, it is still a very important one. Go out and create a great country. Continue reading

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Final Florida Governors Debate

Davis did well for his public speaking skill set. He must have worked on his attack – and kept “Charlie” down with the use of the diminutive over and over again. For some reason, when he spoke, “Charlie” sounded like an insult instead of his name. Linn was sort of the Al Sharpton of this debate – coming up with lines, and I wish he had been better prepared. And Crist – well, not very interesting – very much like the politician he seems. All I can say is I think Davis did well, but I am still fearful of having another Davis as my governor – I hope he is better than Gray. Continue reading

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Finally – Florida Governor’s Debate at Nova

After the debate – there was not much said – and very little that you could see where one slipped up or said anything different. I wish candidates would understand that people want to understand that they mean and spell it out simply. Davis is saddled with being a Congressman – he has a small staff (no more than six staffers, most under 30) and can only do so much. Running for public office across the state of Florida is a lot different than running across a district. Crist has a much larger, more professional staff, so he could campaign and amass a record without having the attendance “hit”. The shame of it all – all I got out of the debates was that Crist is a great public speaker and that Davis is the thoughtful, albeit stiff, Democratic candidate. Jim – please get more media training – and learn to emote more. Continue reading

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Watching the Florida Governor race with a disappointed yawn…

Davis has lagged in all of the metrics most political operatives discuss in terms of fundraising, field offices, television, and public appearances. I could have also given the same measure, simply by noting the Internet effort that occurred soon after the election. Based on this measure, and previous experiences with other Florida campaigns – I worry that the Davis Campaign is in a hole – and, unless a heroic effort is undertaken, we will be discussing Governor Crist. Continue reading

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Smith concedes, Davis wins.

Wow – after a hotly contested race, Davis wins. Continue reading

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Davis/Smith Debate II – He shoots, he…

Only in Florida can a campaign be sidelined by Mother Nature – and campaigns are trains that, by themselves, are forces to be reckoned with. After Ernesto cancelled the debate for Tuesday, the Davis/Smith campaigns have had a field-day regarding whether or not to commit to another debate. Continue reading

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