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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 03:49 PM
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73. I know what you're saying.
My former business partner and I have had that conversation many times.

We've managed congressional campaigns together. Other campaigns for now sitting congresspeople, and been active for a long time. We've seen the deterioration of the political system from front row seats. We used to have long discussions on which party would self-destruct first.

They are BOTH self-destructing right now. The Republicans are by far, much crazier. The Democrats just seem totally incompetent. We've dealt with almost every DEC in Florida, and the incompetence, and ignorance is astounding.

In one campaign in particular, we needed about 6,000 signatures on petitions to get a candidate on the ballot, instead of paying a $10,000 qualifying fee. I spent a lot of time outside a DMV office getting signatures, along with one of our primary opponents, and a Republican who was running for State Senate.
The Republican needed a lot fewer signatures to qualify than we did. About 1,500 or so. When he was done, he started helping us gather signatures, just for the hell of it. I knew him from before, when he used to be a Democrat. He was very conservative, but strong on labor, and we were very liberal.

Do you realize that that one guy, a Republican, gathered more petitions for us than EIGHT COUNTY DEC'S COMBINED?

That's the party competence you're dealing with. We went on to win a 3-way primary by 20 points. We lost the general to an incumbent who outspent us 20-1.
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