Friday, March 13, 2009

"I have not heard anything from them in months and this tells me that the organization is floundering."

This morning, Kyle Sisk posted a survey of sorts of Ohio-centric bloggers and their thoughts on John Kasich's timing of his potential candidacy for Governor. I won't go point by point on all of them, mostly because the majority seemed like they were written by 8th graders, and partly because it would take too damn long.

But one really stood out. And no, it wasn't mine.

From CampaignJunkie:
I already thought he should have announced. When I spoke to him, I advised him to at least bring on a full time staff (me, a PD, and a fundraiser) and announce at the latest before the Super Bowl or IMMEDIATELY after the State of the State (like two seconds after Strickland was done - sure it wouldn't be on the top fold but right after people read about budget cuts, there is my announcement) and give me two years to run the thing and he would win. I am extremely disappointed about the organization of things at this point (and not just because I am not in charge (yet)). If I were in charge, obviously things would not be this poor, but I am not in charge so what am I going to do.


I have not heard anything from them in months and this tells me that the organization is floundering.
First, I'll give you a moment to stop laughing.

Better? Good.

CampaignJunkie, I don't know who you are, but your simplistic point of view and downright hysterical belief that you are the guy to run Kasich's operation makes me is the campaign for College Republican Chairman coming?

But I will take a second to seriously address the "floundering" comment.

That couldn't be further from the truth. As I've stated before, Kasich has been doing exactly what he's needed to over the past year: engaging Party leaders and activists in a grand scale throughout Ohio. Just this month, Kasich is attending twelve Party functions throughout the State...only one of which is in his Central Ohio base. Based on my sources, these events are averaging about 400 attendees...some smaller, some larger. That means he is engaging the Party leaders, grassroots coordinators, fundraisers and combinations thereof by the thousands. These are very people that need to be inspired to work hard to make sure victory is assured in November of 2010. And Kasich is making sure that happens.

The question is money. Will Kasich be able to raise what is necessary? Absolutely.

Ohio Republicans haven't had a candidate they felt was a legitimate and inspirational nominee for Governor since 1994. When the time is right, they will be ready to give money. They'll be ready to knock on doors. They'll be ready to do what it takes to Recharge Ohio.

Fortunately, we have video of CampaignJunkie responding to concerns about Kasich's candidacy...


  1. Sorry Jon. My blog has only been up and running for 5 1/2 months.

    You are the only person older than fourteen years of age that I could rope into writing for the collaboration :-)

    Nice exclusive on Coughlin.

    Any interest in making a wager of some sort on the over/under that Coughlin files with on his campaign finance report (cut-off June 30, but will be made public on July 31)???

    I agree with you that Kevin is a great candidate on many levels, but where does he raise his $ from? How much do you think he can realistically raise? His Achilles' heel is a very big one.

    The guy cannot raise money. Period.

    A crowded field helps a candidate with limited funds (I get that point even though I write like an
    8th grader), but you have to have SOME money to get your message out.

    So, how much money will he have on-hand on 8/1/09? Please give me an over/under.

    Also, how much do you think he needs to raise to win?


    Your favorite 8th grader

  2. Haha, I was DEFINITELY not talking about your writing style -- the survey was of OTHER bloggers, not you. And some of those others -- whoa.

    As for the cash prediction on this one -- I really don't know. I imagine it will have to be at least 2-3 mill. But as we both know, that's your line of expertise, not mine.

  3. JK,

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Divide your figures by ten.

    Coughlin would have to rob a bank to have $2-3 million (I believe that might be his "Plan B") by the mid-year cutoff.

    I think he would be lucky to have one tenth of that figure when July 31st rolls around.

    I will be surprised if he has $250,000 on 8/1/09.

    Be well!


  4. Yep. I was talking about what he would need at a minimum, not what he will have.


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