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March 22, 2009

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Brian

What local issues are easy to demagogue? As minority leader, he was always careful about which issues he picked to grandstand on. I don't like him but it was a clever tactic to get PR from a position that usually gets zero.

But as a Congressional candidate, he's having more trouble because he can't cherry pick issues in the same way.

Andy

A vote for Jim is a vote for ethical strong leadership
Get involved – read more, volunteer or donate - http://www.jimtedisco.com

Brian

The above comment made me think it would be interesting to explore to phenomenon of candidate supporters fishing around the blogosphere for any posting on the race so they can leave a comment saying how wonderful their guy is. These are usually easily identifiable by formulaic language with the usual canned talking points and always a link to their hero's website. I get them. You get them. I see them all over the newspaper websites. I'd love to know how coordinated this is (assuming anyone would admit anything) and the logistics involved. I'd imagine Google alerts are involved but I'd be curious more info...

Bob Conner

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I dunno about that one, but I just had to delete another comment on a different post making an apparently scurrilous allegation against a candidate in this race.

ind_voter

dear Brian, I am quite sure all sides do this. And, quite frankly, in this day and age, they would be silly not to. However, i do understand the frustration of feeling our voter blogoshpere is being infiltrated by hired guns. But, as you say, they are easy to pick out - so no worry.

Brian

Ind: I know all sides do it. And certainly savvy blogosphere readers can easily recognize the stuff. What bothers me is the more serious stuff that gets out there. Earlier today, I rejected a comment on my own blog that contained several probably libelous personal allegations against one of the candidates. Some blogs wouldn't care about such allegations or wouldn't care so long as it wasn't against 'their' man. Others don't have comment moderation so even if such comments are deleted, they're still out there for a little while. If you think the nasty TV and newspaper ads are bad, at least those have a tiny bit of restraint because they have a "return address" so to speak.

Giovani

We own a Saratoga Springs business, and needed assistance with a state agency. Jim Tedisco helped us immensely. He did not hesitate to ask for answers and action. It is this type of action-oriented person that we need to represent the district. Jim does not shy away from helping the people and small businesses. He not only reacts to current situations; he proactively represents us. Jim has a crystal clear understanding of the challenges facing the small business owner, and works diligently to seek solutions.This is not the time to see how someone might perform. We need someone with a proven track record of outstanding performance, insight and leadership.

Assemblyman James Tedisco has something we haven't seen in a candidate in a while, lots of experience, as minority leader of the Assembly. He has been successful in promoting new ideas, working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and getting things done as a member of the minority. When Mr. Tedisco is on the right side of an issue, he never gives up.

http://www.jimtedisco.com/

Giovani

Assemblyman James Tedisco has something we haven't seen in a candidate in a while, lots of experience, as minority leader of the Assembly. He has been successful in promoting new ideas, working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and getting things done as a member of the minority. When Mr. Tedisco is on the right side of an issue, he never gives up.

http://www.jimtedisco.com/

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This blog is by Bob (Robert C.) Conner, a longtime journalist and author of the 2018 novel "The Last Circle of Ulysses Grant" published by Square Circle Press, and a 2013 biography "General Gordon Granger" published by Casemate. He is currently writing a biography of the Kansas abolitionist Col. James Montgomery. His Civil War blog can be found at robertcconnerauthor.blogspot.com
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