Friday, April 28, 2006

Chuck on PCN

This afternoon, I watched Chuck Pennacchio on PCN's call-in show--free to view here. Chuck, as always, was wonderfully articulate and inspiring. A clear majority of callers voiced favorable opinions of Chuck. A couple Sandals supporters called in, but Chuck took care of their weak arguments in no time.

One item of interest was a caller claiming that Chuck posted a craigslist ad offering to pay canvassers $7/hour. Chuck told the caller that the ad was bogus and his campaign is composed of 100% volunteers. So, who is telling the truth here? Well, let's think about this critically folks.

  • First, Chuck is not an idiot. If your going to hypocritically pay your own canvassers, then you have to do it clandestinely. Someone running an all-volunteer campaign would have to pay loyal canvassers in secret. Publishing an advertisement negating one's own credibility would be completely ridiculous. Chuck is too credible and not stupid enough to do this.
  • Secondly, Chuck advocates a living wage of about $9/per hour. Why would he pay his canvassers anything less? I don't know about you, but if I were a paid canvasser I would be pretty pissed.
  • Thirdly, Chuck doesn't have enough money to waste on paid canvassers. Chuck uses his limited cash on hand to the fullest. Blowing through $7/hour on a bunch of paid canvassers would be pretty dumb when he already has dedicated volunteer canvassers, and he needs to spend his money on advertising. Paying for canvassers is just not fiscally smart for Chuck.
  • Finally, this seems like the work of someone opposed to Chuck's candidacy. I am accusing no one of malfeasance. However, it would benefit one of Pennacchio's opponents if Chuck's credibility was smeared. Karl Rove's tactics are not reserved for Republicans, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of Chuck's opponents were involved.
I don't know who posted this bogus advertisement, but I do know that Chuck is too smart to have done it.


Does this craigslist link even exist? I understand that it was taken down from the site--obviously because it was bogus--but there still should be a page image in google's cache. If it was posted recently, it should still exist. Does anyone have a link?


At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senate Campaign Help Wanted
Reply to:
Date: 2006-04-21, 11:54PM EDT

Our grassroots campaign is looking for individuals who seek to stand up for the issues that they believe in. Canvassers needed now, before the May 16, 2006 Primary.

Apply to e-mail listed.
• Job location is PA
• Compensation: 7 dollars/hour
• This is a part-time job.
• This is at a non-profit organization.
• no -- Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
• no -- Please, no phone calls about this job!
• no -- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
• no -- Reposting this message elsewhere is NOT OK.

________________________________________, 4-27-06

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Shlomo Boudreaux said...


Do you have a link to a cached page of this craigslist post? I don't mean to be rude, but I'd like to see what the web page itself looked like rather than something typed into this comment box.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Jeanette B said...

The problem here is that ANYONE can post on craig's list. All you need is an email and posting is free. So even if this alleged ad offering money for campaigning for Chuck did exist, there's no reason to believe it was actually put by someone on the campaign. My guess is either a Sandals or Casey supporter posted a bogus ad in a pathetic attempt to make Chuck out to be a hypocrite...


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