Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Gang's All Here

The MSM has officially caught on to something that's been bandied around the blogosphere for sometime. Both Ed Failor, Jr. and Karen Slifka will be joining team McCain here in Iowa. Those familiar with the Iowa political landscape should not be suprised by these additions. McCain's national campaign manager Terry Nelson, of Marshalltown, was the Bush/Cheney 04 Political Director. With these announcements he has now brought on the entire upper-level establishment of Iowa's BC04 team, sans Scott Kopple who is now working in Washington (and to our knowledge doesn't have a horse in this race). BC04 Chairman Dave Roederer has been on board with McCain since the Summer.

Having the Bush institutional support will give McCain a leg-up over the competition when it comes to winning the endorsement race. His challenge will be reaching outside of that circle of influence to activists and non-Bushies.

Failor's involvement is particularly significant because of the influence he has through Iowans for Tax Relief, a group that according to the AP report is the largest PAC in the State. Those contacts allowed Failor to build a very strong organization last year for George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC. When Failor left the Pataki campaign in November, much of the campaign organization went with him. That departure almost singlehandedly brought about Pataki's apparent demise here in Iowa. Pataki was left with an empty cupboard and tumbling odds on The Cooler Line. If nothing else that shows the organizational strength Failor can bring to a campaign.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

what, and no line change?

11:10 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

This isn't really breaking news in the Cooler. We speculated that Failor would end up with McCain (anyone that knows the situation could have) and Slifka was on Krusty's list of McCain supporters like 6 weeks ago. So their involvement is already factored in. Doesn't change the fact that they've got serious grassroots obstacles to overcome.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mr. Iowans for Tax Relief signs with Mr. Tax Cut Flip-Flop over the guy who turned around Mass. without raising tax rates or the first Mayor ever to cut tax rates in New York?

Was another kind of money a factor in his decision?

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 123. I'd like to see you make that comment to his face.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The silence is deafening 123.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be happy to. I'll put that on my list of things to do, somewhere between scratching my butt and cleaning my toenails.

Or someone could tell me why he made the choice he did...

And 407, I don't spend my entire day on blogs like some paid staffers do, so you'll have to forgive my 3 hour delay in answering.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Why does someone need to explain Ed's decision to an anonymous smartass wimp.

2. If you are so desparate to find out why he made the choice he did maybe you should just email him. His address is right on the front of ITR's website. He's not hiding from anybody.

You know what though, you aren't going to do that. You are going to sit at your computer and hide behind your indignant cloak of anonymity. You'll continue to take anonymous shots at good people like Ed. People who work hard and are dedicated to the conservative cause. That really shows lots of class.


7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Ed said why he left Pataki and then chose mcain? I'm curious about that. He's usually an issue guy, I thought. just assumed that was why he left pataki.

If everyone has known that ed was working for mccain all this time, why the strategic silence? Why did he wait to announce it for several month? Makes no sense.

Lots of people pay attention to what ed does. why did ed do this?

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when was that state chair election again?

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, 4:07

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody said they've "known" Ed was with McCain. Everybody just assumed b/c of his friends.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see I hit a nerve. That, in combination with a lack of an answer to my question says all it needs to.

And 753 -- Anonymously knocking someone for being anonymous says a lot, too.

Bye now.

Anon 123/504

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um as I pointed out above. We don't need to answer your question. Ed doesn't have to proof anything to you. If you want to know ask him or email him. He'll tell ya.

12:46 PM  

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