From the Al Redmer for State Senate campaign:
Voters in the 7th Legislative District are reporting to officials within the Al Redmer for State Senate campaign that telephone push polling is apparently already underway in the district.
“From the reports our campaign has received, we infer that push polling is underway, likely under the sponsorship of the Democratic Party or perhaps a specific candidate,” notes Steve Salamon, Campaign Finance Chairman, in the Redmer campaign.
“In one sense, it’s gratifying to know that the Redmer campaign seems to be the target of the polling effort since that simply confirms that I’m the presumed candidate for the Republican Party,” adds candidate Al Redmer, Jr., former Maryland legislator and state insurance commissioner. “In another sense, though, it’s certainly testing the mettle of my supporters who — when they name me as their preferred candidate — are besieged with negative assertions about my past public service. Fortunately our supporters have staying power — and I’m grateful to them for their confidence in the face of what the pollsters may be suggesting. We were warned that the likely Democrat candidate would run an ugly, negative campaign. We are certainly surprised that they have gone negative even before they enter the race.”
Redmer explained that candidates in election races at any level of government need to rely on their ability to tell their story, truthfully and in full, when false or misleading claims are made about them. He said that telling the story — via mail, media, or Internet messages — takes money and that’s why fundraising remains an important job for men and women who seek political office.
The whining and finger pointing is starting already, and it’s not even Memorial Day. Instead of immediately pointing across the aisle, maybe Al should be looking at his first hurdle.
Tom Myers says
I seem to recall John McCain being a victim of push-polling during the South Carolina primaries in 2000. Except that it wasn’t a Democratic candidate doing it …
And so as Paul Harvey would say, ” … and now you know the rest of the story.”
The he used it (or benifited from it) in 2008 in Florida with Jewish voters.