June 10, 2008

Its Run-Off Time...Again!

OK everyone! Time to rally your politicalness and get motivated one more time (for now)!

If you are anywhere in the Austin area, and don't live under a rock, then you are aware that Laura Morrison and Cid Galindo are ready to duke it out for Austin City Council Place 4.

As we all know one of the most entertaining and inspiring things about being involved in politics (aside from the good to be accomplished) is the dirt... So do your part and get informed!

It is very apparent among our fellow Austinites that the CID Galindo Campaign for Voter Harrassment has more than a few people a little bent out of shape. Just incase you are one of the few not receiving numerous calls per day from the Galindo Campaign let me share a little of your neighbors pain...

A push poll, in which the caller tricks voters by telling them they are taking a "survey" sponsored by the "Small Business Group". When the caller asks whom they're supporting, if their preference is Morrison or Undecided, they are told false statements about our campaign. Push Polling is near-universally reviled because of its negative and deceptive nature. The Small Business Group also launched an automated phone message this week with a new deceptive message.

An automated phone "poll" asking voters to indicate their preference in the runoff, which has been repeated over and over, including multiple times in the same day. Some people say they have been called as many as 6 times in one day.

Numerous automated calls from city lobbyists and other Cid Galindo surrogates touting their support of Galindo and misrepresenting my positions on important issues.

Who's paying & who's phoning?

Cid Galindo Campaign - Automated and Live Calls
City of Austin Campaign Finance records show that Cid Galindo has paid Opinion Strategies over $40,000 for computer and live phone calling and consulting. Opinion Strategies is a San Marcos political consulting firm run by Sam McCabe and Eric Heggie located at 1013 Chestnut St. D2, San Marcos 78666.

Galindo Supporters, Small Business Group – Live Push Polling and Automated Calls
City of Austin Campaign Finance records show that The Small Business Group has paid E-Communication Advantage, an Austin telemarketing center, over $6,400 to conduct deceptive push polling. The Small Business Group is led by ex council candidate Carl Tepper and Roger Chan. The wording and timing of the calls suggest illegal coordination with Galindo's campaign.

This is one of the most deliberately deceptive campaigns Austin has seen in years. Cid Galindo needs to stop this harassment of voters by his campaign and surrogates. Apart from the one single automated call I made a week ago and one live call, my campaign has not made any other calls. We have not been part of this telephone assault. The voters deserve to know that only Cid Galindo can put a stop to this harassment.

So...Who are you voting for on Saturday???

Posted by Lovelie99 at June 10, 2008 02:08 PM

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Morrison push-polled our house; has campaigned negatively about Galindo for building expensive condos while she lives in a $1.4 million gargantuan abode which flouts the spirit (possibly letter) of her own McMansion ordinance (and/or her opposition to multi-family dwellings in 'neighborhoods').

Galindo's latest ads are stupid. He should have run with McMansion if he wanted to bring out the RECA base instead of this latest ridiculous stuff.

I'm still with Galindo, though.

Posted by: mdahmus [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 10, 2008 03:49 PM

So...Who are you voting for on Saturday???

No one. I already early voted for El Cid.

Say no to neighborhood association feudalism... Say NO to Laura Morrison!

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 10, 2008 05:35 PM

Mike, she's not criticizing where he lives, but she's pointing out that this rhetoric on building affordable housing is a little hypocritical.

Oh, but I'll just assume that's because the evil Morrison has manipulated things so that only expensive housing can be built, right?

You're the ONLY person I know who's rec'd a call from Morrison's campaign which I find curious given your irrational level of hatred for her.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2008 08:36 AM

Well, I guess the Mayor won't be voting for single member districts anytime soon...

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2008 08:37 AM

Near as I can tell, Laura Morrison and her husband got their money the old fashioned way--they worked for it. They purchased their historic home in 1998, according to TCAD, when the value was around $300,000, or about 25 percent less than they would have to pay today to buy one of those butt ugly (imho) tin boxes Galindo is inflicting on East Austin.

As the Morrison home was built long before the McMansion ordinance, it is in no way affected by it, nor would it have been.

It's also worth pointing out that the Morrisons share this home, shown on the TCAD record as a fourplex, with three sets of tenants.

Kinda makes you wonder where Cid lives, who shares his home and where he got his money.

Posted by: BigUncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2008 02:18 PM

I refer to the general tone of her mailers and her supporters - talking about Galindo's family money, wondering what he does for a living, etc.

Morrison hasn't held a real full-time day job in quite some time, as far as I can tell, which is how she was able to devote so much time to destroying OWANA's political capital and then taking over the ANC. No, "disaster management consultant" isn't a real job - not even compared to "urban planner". If she can afford the property taxes on that thing with no day job, she's richer than Galindo. At a bare minimum, it's a load of crap to claim to be for the working folk, unlike that presumably rich Republican dude over there.

As for her McMansion, she's been a vehement opponent of multi-family housing, and her ordinance severely penalizes duplexes, secondary dwelling units, and other affordable housing. Depending on how you classify her home, she's just one of several different varities of hypocrite.

Posted by: mdahmus [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2008 02:54 PM

As for calls from Morrison:


Posted by: mdahmus [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2008 04:21 PM

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