GAme Over Bob Lord

gameover

With nearly 100% of the votes accounted for, John Shadegg convincingly sent Bob Lord back to his American Dream day job last night, winning by almost 12 percent.

Mike Shoen pulled nearly 4% of the vote, and it’s likely that the majority of these votes came from people unhappy with Shadegg because he wasn’t far enough to the right (see: “bailout”), but it’s safe to assume many voters would have begrudingly supported Shadegg had Shoen not entered the race.

What’s most telling about the 2008 CD3 electoral cage death match is that the DCCC spent more money against Shadegg than any other candidate or race in the country, and they still couldn’t crack the 10% mark.

So what does $4 million dollars buy you? About 4% points more than Shadegg’s previous opponent, Herb Paine, mustered back in 2006. In this years election, Lord garnered 20,028 votes more than Paine who was a relative nobody who had no television buy capability and didn’t have the Governor’s Henchmen or the DCCC helping with logistics back in 2006.

That’s $199.72 per new vote.

A staggering figure. The DCCC would have been better taking that money and giving $50 to 80,000
lucky Arizonans if they agreed to vote for Lord.

Yesterday’s vote is an affirmation of what I have always believed about CD3 voters – That they are intelligent, established, conservative, long time members of the district who do not respond well to out of state lies and attacks. I’m proud to see that Arizonans saw through Lord’s facade and his arrogance, and realized that he was nothing more than a political whore for Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party. And that’s really too bad. They used him, prevented him from defining himself as a candidate, and told him to stick to his talking points and provided him with no message better than to keep hitting Shadegg with the same false attacks.

Lord never took the time to define himself and let voters of CD3 know why they should vote for him.

I’ve heard talks of Bob Lord’s triumphant return, of his attractiveness as a statewide candidate, or a possible Senate rematch against Shadegg in 2010 for McCain’s Senate seat…are you kidding? You could have put a monkey in Lord’s position and he would have pulled similar numbers with that kind of operating budget.

Bob Lord is done. Now he can go back to his life as a tax attorney, where he should have stayed and been all along.

Game Over.

Channel 10 Debate Online – Lord Conceeds

Well – it looks like CD3 challenger Bob Lord has found some spare time, conceeding his earlier position that he was “too busy” to debate Shadegg in a third and final televised debate.

The “Sunday Newsmaker” segment with John Hook was posted on the Channel 10 website this morning in case you can’t catch the network broadcast.

I don’t recall seeing this debate on television, so I’m pretty sure it hasn’t already aired and will likely run tomorrow morning during Newsmaker’s regularly scheduled morning hour (which I think is 7:00 or 7:30).

Lord made the right decision. Typically, the challenger should want to challenge the incumbent to several debates. I’ve got to hand it to Lord though for stepping up to the plate, sticking it out, and doing an excellent job of staying on point with his well prepared DCCC talking points.

The best part of the interview begins in the second half, about 55% of the way through the show when they begin discussing Iraq. Lord is so out of his game here it’s pathetic. He actually comes back from a commercial break at one point and has an opportunity to respoind to a Shadegg comment and Lord says, “I really don’t remember what we were talking about.”

To top things off, 75% of his closing comment was spent looking into the wrong camera, not to mention the fact Hook cut him off short after about 12 seconds of comments. Lord was visibly frustrated. Perhaps even rightfully so.

Score another round for Shadegg. Your final score card for the CD3 Television Debate is:

Round 1 (Ch. 12) – Shadegg
Round 2 (Horizon) – Shadegg
Round 3 (HooK) – Shadegg

I wonder if Mary Fennello was with him this time…

Democrat Party Rent A General Stumps for Lord

The Lord Camp is the latest Democratic Campaign to roll out Iraq War rent-a-General Paul D. Eaton.  Eaton came out and endorsed Lord earlier this week and even lended his voice talent to a Lord robo call criticizing Shadegg’s record regarding veteran’s affairs.

Since retiring, Eaton has been an outspoken critic of the Iraq War and President George W. Bush’s Administration (a very popular activity this election season).

He also has appeared on Bill Maher’s show, served as an advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and following Clinton’s concession of the Democratic primary, Eaton joined the campaign appearance circuit in support of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

 

U.S. Army Major General Paul D. Eaton (ret) endorses Bob Lord

PHOENIX — Bob Lord has received the endorsement of U.S. Army Major General Paul D. Eaton (ret), Lord’s campaign announced today.

Eaton served as a commanding general in the Iraq War and continues his work with veterans on the board of advisers of VoteVets.org.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to have the support of General Eaton, who has served our nation so honorably and been such a powerful advocate for our veterans returning from war,” Lord said. “We must fight tougher and smarter in the war on terror and make sure our veterans and military families receive our complete support.”

Eaton, who comes from a military family, retired from the Army after 33 years of service, including serving in Iraq as the Commanding General of troops who reestablished Iraqi Security Forces.


Click here to listen to a phone message from General Eaton, which was sent to more than 40,000 voters in District 3.

“America is less secure today because Congressman John Shadegg has not supported our troops and veterans,” Eaton said. “He voted with President Bush to oppose the 21st Century GI bill and voted as well against a $1,500 bonus for our troops in Iraq. Yet, he voted himself nine pay raises. Please support Bob Lord for U.S. Congress.”

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Public Enemy No. 1 – “Don’t Believe the Hype”

Don't Believe the Hype
Don’t Believe the Hype

Boy the Lord Camp and Army of the 12 Monkey’s must be all worked up in a tizzy this morning following the AZ Republic’s scathing analysis of Lord’s campaign tactics to date. 

From today’s AZ Republic Editorial:

 Really, we thought John McCain was Public Enemy No. 1 for the leaders of the radical left. What with him being the Republican presidential candidate and all. Or, at least, Sarah Palin.

Imagine our surprise at learning the national politician most despised by the far left is none other than Rep. John Shadegg, who represents Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.

“John Shadegg is the GOP’s topmost conservative in the House,” writes Markos Moulitsas, editor of the most influential far-left Web site in the country, the Daily Kos.

Moulitsas says he is “obsessed” with Shadegg’s re-election race.

“If you want to decapitate the Republican leadership, he’s our best target in the House,” wrote Kos earlier this week, urging followers to raise $100,000 by today for Shadegg’s Democratic opponent, Bob Lord. “I want to rub salt into their wounds.”

There is little doubt that Democrats generally will do well Tuesday. And, if District 3 voters are dissatisfied with Shadegg’s conservative politics, Lord may join a large freshman class of Democrats.

But local voter dissatisfaction is one thing. What Moulitsas seeks has the unseemly scent of wild-eyed vengeance. The fellow is looking for GOP bodies over which to stand.

The Arizona Republic has urged District 3 voters to re-elect Shadegg. As “Kos” himself notes, Shadegg is the “topmost conservative in the House.”

But now we add another reason to support the incumbent: Politics isn’t – or shouldn’t be – blood sport. Re-elect John Shadegg and give an out-of-state political barbarian something to weep about on Election Day.

Ouch.  Double ouch.

If there’s any doubt this hasn’t rubbed salt in the wounds of the already fledgling Lord campaign, check out the insidious and sophmoric comments on AZ Central from “Lord Supporters.”  The response comments illustrate the Editorial’s point perfectly. 

I’m sure it’s probably A-Mart and the Army of the 12 Monkey’s on the message board working overtime, but it’s still funny nonetheless.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2008/10/31/20081031fri2-31.html#comments

Pro Choice Community Coming to the Rescue of Bob Lord

On October 14th, 2008, Bob Lord had another super-secret fundraiser, this time in Tucson with Special Guest star Gloria Feldt, former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Feldt also wrote The War on Choice: the Right-Wing Attack on Women’s Rights and How to Fight Back.

Lord is also being directly supported by pro-abortion groups and individuals:

National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)$2500

Planned Parenthood of Arizona – $500

Planned Parenthood Action Fund – $2000

Gloria Feldt (former President of Planned Parenthood National) - $200

Bryan Howard – (Director of Planned Parenthood Arizona) - $4600

And these are just the high-profile donations.  Lord is receiving hundreds, thousands of dollars from the pro-choice community and campaign committees around the country.

Co-hosts of the event in Tucson included:

Stephen Anderson – Board member, Planned Parenthood of AZ

Bonnie Booden – previous sponsor of the Planned Parenthood Honors the Past at Gala

Kent Burbank – Executive Director of Wingspan, Southern Arizona ‘s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center

Pam Grissom – Chairman of the Board, Arizona List (A Political Committee to Elect Pro-Choice Democratic Women in Arizona)

Bryan Howard – CEO, Planned Parenthood of Arizona

Bill & Alice Roe – New “Sugar Daddy’s” of the AZ Democratic Party; their contributions include: $30,000 to the Arizona Democratic Party and $10,000 to the Competitive Edge PAC, a political-action committee controlled by Napolitano.   They also gave $57,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $50,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Madeline Wachter – Arizona Women’s Caucus (promotes pro-choice women candidates)

Ginger Yrun – Direct of Planned Parenthood Tucson; Member at Large of Arizona Family Planning Council (provides abortion services)

Air America’s ties to Bob Lord

Am 1480 is reserved on the radio dial for liberal utopia “Air America”, the nearly bankrupt left wing bastion of hate littering our airwaves.

Here’s some of my favorite all time Air America quotes:

1) “The entire Bush crime family should be executed.”

2) “George Bush is a God Damned lying s.o.b.”

3) “Why didn’t Cheney turn the shotgun on himself after he wounded his friend?”

4) “The Bush Administration planned and executed 9-11.”

5) “Rumsfeld should be hung by his thumbs and subjected to all the torture that was given to the alleged insurgents.”

6) “We can hope that the insurgents will get information on Bush’s travel plans so they can shoot down his airplane.”

7) “Bush and the government planted explosives in the World Trade Center and that’s why the Twin Towers collapsed.”

Yes, as hard as it is to do, the paranoid folks over at AA actually make the Ron Paul Revolution people look somewhat normal.

Bob Lord was very instrumental in bringing Air America to the Valley.  How instrumental?  Well, he had his own email address with the radio station, was previosuly listed on their website as being responsible for “legal services”, and he even did all of the legal work pro-bono when the station was about to go off the air.  In fact, he and local host Jeff Ferrias headed up the fundraising efforts to sell “pixels” in order to keep Air America on the air here in Phoenix.  No doubt helping Lord hone his fundraising skills and building his liberal base of donors and supporters he so heavily relies on now in his run for Congress.

Too good to be true?  Here’s text from Bob Lord’s interview with Jeff Ferrias from Earth Day earlier this year:

Jeff Ferrias: You’re welcome here, anytime as I’ve said Bob when you want to come on. The website is lord2008.com go on over there and make a contribution. You know Shadegg’s going to have Big Oil money, probably big pharmaceutical money before he‘s done, and the RNC backing him and you know Bob’s running a campaign that’s going to depend on us. Do go pitch in if you can.

Bob Lord: Jeff, thanks so much.

Jeff Ferrias: Thanks Bob. Take care.

And again, I reiterate – Bob was instrumental in the formation of this station. Getting us back on the air after we lost our first liberal station here in town.

Bob was one of those people in those meetings every morning, when we were strategizing how we were going to pull this thing off. He was right there with us every step of the way and did a lot of the legal work pro bono for us to get this thing happening.

Bob is someone I have the utmost respect and I was thrilled to hear that he decided to throw his hat in the ring and challenge John Shadegg and I hope you’ll step up and throw some support his way.

Good for you Bob!  Air America.  Nancy Pelosi.  No, no liberal record here.

Bob Lord: “I’m a Really Busy Guy”

Lord of the Lies is reporting that Bob Lord has missed out on some very key votes in his life as a private citizen.

Perhaps he was just “too busy” to participate in those elections.

Now he’s reporting that he’s just “too busy” to debate John Shadegg in a third and final televised debate.

If Bob Lord can’t find the time to vote as a private citizen, and if Bob Lord is too busy to debate John Shadegg before curious voters of Congressional District 3, how will he ever find the time to represent his constituents in Washington if he’s elected to Congress?

Now if only Bob could

Shadegg Leads Lord by 10 Points

By Evan Brown, PolitickerAZ.com Reporter
A new poll of likely voters in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District shows U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (R-Phoenix) with a 10-point lead over challenger Bob Lord, leading the Democrat 50 to 40 percent.
The poll, conducted by Research 2000 on behalf of liberal blog site DailyKos.com and spotted by the Gila Courier, shows a possibly tough road for a Lord victory:

Shadegg has reached the magical 50 percent mark, which means victory unless Lord can eat into his base of support. Undecideds can break all they want to Lord, it doesn’t help him. And when both Republican and Independent undecideds are breaking toward Shadegg (albeit by thin margins), it makes the task in a tough district all the tougher.

DailyKos points out that Lord wasn’t running ads during the period when the poll was conducted, Oct. 20-22, and the sampling reflected the turnout model from previous elections, favoring Republicans by several points in the GOP-leaning 3rd district.
However, the results are similar to the previous poll conducted by Research 2000 and DailyKos, which showed Shadegg leading by nine points, 48 to 39.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/26/3031/9215/268/642494

Lord still Refuses to Debate Shadegg

Bob Lord’s campaign spokestar A-Mart is pointing the finger at the Shadegg camp in a “who’s a bigger chicken?” contest.  Both camps accuse the other of backing out of a third and final televised debate.  Channel 10 claims both men were scheduled for a debate moderated by John Hook.  Lord canceled once, only to reschedule for a later date.  Lord then recently backed out of the make-up debate, citing that he was “too busy.”  Too busy doing what?  hiding?  It’s 60 minutes of your life man.  You have the ability to reach thousands of voters and you chicken out with a little over a week left in the campaign?

The challenger is supposed to want to debate, not the other way around!

It makes no sense.

Maybe it could have something to do with Lord performing so poorly in the first two debates?   I’m not surprised that he refuses to appear for a third.  I’m sure the DCCC tightened the reins on the campaign after seeing his first two performances.  Now, they’re hoping to ride the campaign out in bunker mode and catch a piece of the obama wave.

Is this what they mean by “Fuzzy” Math?

Bob Lord’s campaign released this statement back on October 14th:

GOP voter registration continues to slide in District 3


PHOENIX — Republican voter registration in Congressional District 3 took another hit, now having lost 3 percent of voters since 2006 from the party while Democrats and Independents gained voters, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office announced late last week.

Since October 2006, Republicans dipped to 43 percent from 46 percent, while Democrats and Independents combined jumped from 53 percent to 57 percent, according to the Secretary of State and the Maricopa County Recorder.
See figures.

The raw numbers show Democrats gained 14,335 voters, Independents gained 14,110 voters and Republicans lost 6,557 voters.

Notice anything fuzzy about this math? 

The spin on these numbers is unbelievable – even by Mad Professor A-Mart standards.  The Lord campaign rounded up the Republican registration numbers (45.8% to 46%) in 2006, then rounded the numbers down to 43% (from 43.5%) in 2008.  Big deal, you ask? 

I’ve never been very good at math, but last time I checked, my 1st grade teacher taught me that you’re supposed to round up to the nearest whole number when you have a 0.5% or higher.  Which, as you probably noticed, Lord & The Army of the 12 Monkey’s conveniently did with the 2006 numbers.  Unfortunately, they forgot the basic rules of math when computing the figures for 2008. 

Why would they do this?  To make the discrepancy between Republican registration figures from 2006-2008 appear to be a wider gap of course.

However, when it comes to counting their own registration figures, they round down Dem+Ind. registration figures in 2006 (53.5% is rounded down to 53%), then round up in 2008 (55.6% is rounded up to 56%). 

And according to my math, R’s gained 2,018 in registration – they didn’t lose voters as the release implies.  

Furthermore, they manage to take credit for the real story here: independent registration is up all across the country because voters are tired of party politics: both Republicans and Democrats.  About 40% of voters registered as independents actually vote.  Compare that to about 60% of registered Republicans who typically turn out to vote.  That number promises to be even higher this year.

Various surveys will tell you Independents break 60 – 40 in favor of Republicans, assuming they even show up to vote.  Let’s assume the opposite is true this election and that Independents break 60-40 in favor of Democrats.  That’s still a 10% + registration advantage for Republicans. 

Nice try Bob.
2006 – 314,139 total
Dems – 88,963 (28.3%)
Libertarians – 2,396 (.076%)
Republicans – 143,931 (45.8%)
Other – 79,169 (25.2%)
 
53.5% (Dems + other)
 
2008 – 335,264 total
Dems – 99,098 (29.5%)
Libertarians – 2,286 (.068%)
Republicans – 145,949 (43.5%)
Green / Other – 87,631 (26.1%)
 
55.6% (Dems + other)

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