Re: [RLC-Action] Thoughts on Sanford '08
- From: "Bruno Behrend" <davincicg@...>
> One of the things that we can do to improve a Sanford's chances are toFirst things first. If we're going to dominate the premium ground,
> organize early and effectively for him in NH & Iowa ...
the most important early step is to own the campaign URL. At this
point, the only significant website names that have been claimed
are 'Sanford2008.org' and 'MarkSanford2008.com' ... both by
remarketers looking for big bucks from a campaign. For a few
hundred dollars, we can reserve all other variants to 'Sanford08',
'Sanford2008', 'MarkSanford08' and MarkSanford2008'. Anyone
who wants to chip in for the set, let me know. We can offer the
preferred URL to the campaign as our first 'contribution'.
Our netWizard, Doug Lorenz, may be able to reserve them
for a song ... CC, since he's not on this eGroup.
Secondly, we need to establish communications with the
Sanford administration. Mark Little, our SC Contact, may be
the best person to do that, but Jeff in NC also "gets around".
Here's his on-line 'Contact Page':
Third, we need to build a 'dossier' on Sanford, with all the
best material on his political positions and history. We already
know he has one of the best all-time 'Libertarian' ratings in the
RLC Liberty Index for his years in Congress:
House 1995 SC 01 p: 56 e:100 c: 78.0 = Libertarian
House 1996 SC 01 p: 78 e: 82 c: 80.0 = Libertarian
House 1997 SC 01 p: 69 e: 91 c: 80.0 = Libertarian
House 1998 SC 01 p: 70 e: 95 c: 82.5 = Libertarian
House 1999 SC 01 p: 74 e: 95 c: 84.5 = Libertarian
House 2000 SC 01 p: 84 e: 90 c: 87.0 = Libertarian
House LIFE SC 01 p: 72 e: 92 c: 82.0 = Libertarian
John David Galt has expressed an interest in working on
candidate research (as has Tony Frontuto) ... CC to them.
Fourth, our 'stepping stone' is the fact that he is up for
reelection as SC Governor in 2006. He's practically a shoe-
in, but it's a good off-year news and publicity opportunity.
We can certainly endorse him for re-election promptly and
any of us who want to work on the project need to join his
campaign eGroup (I'm already a member) at:
He's only sent out a few updates so far. Last was May.
A top priority for local folks is to review the SC campaign
finance laws and setup an RLCSC-PAC that complies with
the state laws for donations to his campaign. The first step
in that direction is to focus on getting an RLC-SC Charter
> (you can skip Iowa if you can guarantee a win in NH.I don't think there's any need to talk about what we can
'skip' in order to 'still get' the nomination. Let's assume that
it's going all the way and we'll hit every opportunity hard.
By the way, we have a *veteran* of the Presidential Primaries,
Blake Ashby, who can certainly provide strategic advice.
> To this end, an early incursion into NH with an endorsementTim Condon is our quasi-official RLC-NH Contact and is
> & a big check would be a plus.
making good progress toward forming an RLC Charter there.
Given his position with the Free State Project, we already
have a solid foundation for organizing an RLC-Sanford local
campaign team. Just in case Tim isn't on this eGroup, CC
> DO we know he's interested?We know he's been mentioned in 'higher circles', but
he will probably discard speculation until after the 2006
speculation. We DO need to establish contact and make
sure we're playing *with* his cards, rather than against
them. We may have to work in the 'closet' or 'backroom'
for the first portion of the organizing. The object being to
catch everyone else off guard and grab the lead early.
> 3. Start an EFFECTIVE anti-McCain campaign now ...IF it's necessary to "go negative" on McCain, or some
other aspirant, it can wait until 2007. Let's work on setting
up an insurmountable effort that will discourage contenders.
My only concern is speculation that Cheney, purely as
a strategic political move, will resign in 2006-7 and Bush
will appoint an "heir apparent". I'm not sure that we have
the contacts or resources to influence that choice, but IF
we've done the groundwork, the Bush team may not be able
to ignore us. (All ASSUMING that Bush is reelected! ;o)
IF Bush is out, the bandwagon for 'leader' will start early.
CC: A few others who may be interested and may or may
not be on the RLC-Action eGroup.