I have an admission to make: I did not have drinks with my old friend this time. I spoke to him on the telephone, late last night, on other matters, when he mentioned that political campaign disclosures were public on the internet, and that he’d been going through them for the last several hours. I asked him if there was anything interesting, and he launched on a short tirade, which I will attempt to repeat for the reader:
“What in the name of the lord could possibly be the explanation for Republican Jeff Stone’s campaign for the open 36th State Senate Seat (note: this is the district currently held by Republican Dennis Hollingsworth)? With Anderson’s flub up last year (note: he was referring to a campaign finance ‘scandal’ involving 77th Assemblyman Joel Anderson, who is also running for the 36th State Senate) all Stone had to do is show he could run a reasonable campaign and there would have been a host of locals ready to cross over to support him. Instead, if I’m reading the reports right, and I think he is, he’s a patsy.”
I asked why.
“The Stone campaign has raised around $341,000 to date. They have $85,000 cash. That means they spent a quarter of a million dollars. ON WHAT? ON WHAT I ASK YOU? Much of it on consultants of one sort or another from what I can tell. Instead of hiring so many damn consultants he should have hired me. I’d bill him $10,000 and tell him to SAVE HIS DAMN MONEY FOR THE ELECTION. How many consultants does it take, after all, to lose a race? I mean Anderson had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and he’s got over $240,000 to spend!”
Made me want to go look through the reports. Instead I thought I’d publish though and let the readers do it for me.