Sunday, April 30, 2006

Wooster Square Festival

Today was the annual Wooster Square gathering, where hundreds of people enjoyed a perfect Spring weather while being entertained by big band music and dozens of booths selling various wares were set up.

I joined fellow Ned Lamont supporters Edward Anderson, Keith Crane, and Beau (Spazeboy) for several hours to help Ed collect signatures and shoot some video of the crowd.

While Ed was getting petition signatures, I talked Beau into being the interviewer of various people in the crowd while I worked the camera. He did a great job (in spite of a minor case of the jitters) and improved his technique with each "Man in the street" interview. It was a lot of fun, and great to talk to people about Joe Lieberman's support of giving the oil companies massive tax breaks while they're lining up to pay three bucks a gallon. Everybody was pretty much against it.

The straw poll reflects a significant amount of voters who are dissatisfied with Lieberman, although many haven't yet heard anything about Ned Lamont. Hopefully when the Hillsman-produced campaign ads hit the air, we'll have better name recognition.

Two things the campaign needs to address ASAP; making the NedLamont.Com website a little less snooze-inducing, and getting some kind of platform sheet put together so we can hand out a flyer to people that shows where Lamont stands on important issues, and also how Lieberman voted on these same issues. If people can easily see where the two candidates stand on the issues, it'll make it a lot easier for them to support "the new guy".

Oh, and Sharpies are permanent markers...not a good idea to use on dry erase boards. Ah well, live and learn.

Edward suggested we work on a series of "Where's Joe" interviews, sort of like the "Where's George Allen" commercial linked HERE. I'm looking forward to working with him on that.

That's it for now...I'm going to edit some of the video and hopefully get something posted here by Monday night. And I'll be nice to Beau and NOT put together a blooper reel (but, just know that I could do it if I wanted to!)

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