Monday, January 22, 2007

Joe Mondello - Serial Exaggerator

From the WFP blog...

"Joe Mondello Can't Count
Joe Mondello, Chair of the New York state GOP and of the Nassau County GOP, has a lot riding on the Feb 6 special election in the Seventh Senate District. It's the first election under his watch as chair of the state GOP, it's happening in his backyard, and it's a test of how the state GOP will respond to their drubbing in the 2006 Governor's race.So maybe that's why Joe chose to be a little, shall we say, extravagant with the truth. From a
New York Times article on the race:
The campaign is off to a quick start. "We had 500 people going door to door last weekend, and we hope to have 700 this weekend," Mr. Mondello said. Democrats say they have an equally ambitious field operation. Their county chairman, Jay S. Jacobs, said that with an expected 10 to 15 percent voter turnout, "the ground game is the decider."

Yeah right.Now it is right that the ground game is the decider. And the Working Families Party is running an ambitious field operation, that's right too.
But there's no way the state Republicans have 100 people going door to door, much less 500 or 700. The thing about canvassing is, if you're out there canvassing for hours and the other side is out there canvassing for hours then each side's canvassers are going to run into each other. But I asked our 45 canvassers, who are knocking on thousands of doors every night, if they've seen a GOP door knocker.
The word from the Working Families Party canvass is that yesterday is the first day O'Connell had people on the doors, and it was only a handful of people."

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