Jimmy F. This occurred immediately after yesterday's post. We took some time to think about what we heard. Not too much time. That would be too much work.
Our first thought: obviously not a Working Families maneuver to gain sympathy for Rodney. The questions were too sharp, pointed and frankly, hit some of the points Rodney's detractors make against him. Do we think such a Machiavellian move is above a political party? Absolutely not. They are political parties after all. Exactly what would be beneath them? Not this time. So we lay aside our admittedly feverish conspiratorially speculation.
Our second thought was: The Gordon campaign. Wiltshire believes he can win. His supporters believe he can win. Why would the GOP not believe he can win? Perhaps Gordon's camp see Wiltshire as the real threat. However, Gordon has run, in our opinion, the best campaign Gordon can run. He's kept his head down, his nose clean and goes about his business. He gains nothing from this.
Thought number three: The Rensselaer County Republican Committee. Why not? Can't come up with a reason they wouldn't do such a thing. They have in the past, after all.
Number four: The Rensselaer County Democratic Committee. We'd be very surprised (not exactly shocked) if Wade did this. It is not a good political move and Wade usually makes good political moves. We'd like him to be asked the question. We'd like to hear the answer.
Then, we read this comment:
"There were negative questions asked about Madden as well. Interesting that they were conveniently edited out of the audio file on T-spin. It is in fact, a compilation of two different push polls. The first few questions were from the recent poll. That poll asked if the person called was familiar with the candidates, and who they would vote for. The second part of the audio above was from a poll conducted well before the primary. It also included questions about Madden not being a Democrat, and having the council meeting video removed from the city website. Either Franco edited that file, or Wiltshire did." (Oct. 16 Post at 12:18PM).
We can all discount certain comments. This one has a level of detail that could be verified. We hope someone does. If accurate, the finger needs to be pointed at the GOP. It's a great political move that will keep the short-sighted Democrats and WFP people sniping at one another for the remainder of the campaign.
We don't like push polls. They are sleazy. This particular one asked some pointed questions that might be fair in a different context and with a wider variety of possible answers.
TROY POLLOI PUSH POLL RESULTS
The Troy Polloi recently had the opportunity to conduct our own Push Poll. We contacted more than 7 registered voters over the course of 19 minutes. Here are the results:
- 71% of voters agreed that Jim Gordon looks like the groom on a wedding cake.
- 53% of voters agreed that Anastasia Robertson (D-D2) should wear a sombrero to soften her image.
- 73% of female voters agreed that Mark McGrath (R-D2 candidate) reminded them of their first husband.
- 39% of voters agreed that Troy, NY is in New York.
- 89% of voters did not want a 9.3% tax hike.
-9.3% of voters wanted a 89% tax hike.
-89% of voters wanted to kick the ass of those 9.3% of voters.
-35% of voters believe Patrick Madden will ruin Troy by accident. The remainder on purpose.
-61% of voters believe Rodney Wiltshire should hold public hearings about push polls.
-76% of voters believe push polling is a service provided at strip clubs.