Wednesday, March 29, 2006

3 Sources...

...makes it sad, but true.

The Stallings campaign broke the story, Strange Bedfellows confirmed the story, and The Jeffersonian reminded me of the story.

Oscar Kazen as officially been defeated by newcomer Laura Salinas. The margin ended up being seven votes and was the closest county wide race since 2000.

Salinas has been a Republican a lot longer than a Democrat, and I look forward to seeing how she does in her first term. On a side note, Kazen comes from a long history of impressive Democrats and has been a fantastic asset for the party. I hope that Kazen and company will continue their devoted careers in law and Democratic politics. Maybe County Chair in the near future? Or perhaps, City Council?


At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Demosthenes said...

Yeah, it's a loss - to be sure.

Part of what hasn't been discussed on the blogs much is how he lost. Was it gender, was it last name? Kazen should have been a pretty familiar name by now.
Word is that he used JoAnne Ramon. While she has, at one time, been the undisputed campaigning queen of the South Side, at this stage I really think she's past her game.

Can't these judges find someone else to work their campaigns, than the tired old recipe that has been slipping for a long time now?

At 4:51 AM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

D, it is like you are one step ahead of all of my posts. I am doing some research about this exact topic for a post later today.

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Demosthenes said...

It'd be interesting to get my hand on some of the county ethics filings. Of course, those are only available in paper down at the Elections Department.

We're not going to advance into the 21st century until we get rid of Gerry Rickhoff and elect a new County Clerk. Another reason to vote for Tim Ybarra in November.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Cincinnatus said...

Yeah, can't these judges find someone other than Ramon to run their races?

I mean really you two, where would they look?

Certainly not the internet/blogland.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

I can't tell if that is sarcasim Cin. Long and short of it, we need new blood with fresh ideas.

A mail only campaign is fine, but there should have been some push to stop the Kinky affect.

I am still doing research for a more meaningful post though.

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Demosthenes said...

I wonder how many of those candidates know about blogland. Also, other than semi-insider drivel and Vitriolic Spin™, the blogs are not exactly an advertisement of the campaign management skills of the bloggers - especially when they're anonymous to a certain extent.

There is fresh blood out there... sort of... but it's either untried, or not particularly successful. Other than those, there's either Ramon, Kevin Lopez, or Debbie Martinez, whose RBIs all seem to be slipping. Beyond that, there are the expensive pro's out of Austin or Houston or beyond.

You guys know more about this than me - who else is out there that I'm not covering?

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Cincinnatus said...

I was actually pointing the finger at us.

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Demosthenes said...

Yeah, that wasn't fully clear, but I did anticipate that.

If you want to do what JoAnn, Debbie and Kevin do, you're going to have to put your name out there. Say what you like about Diana Arevalo, but she IS putting her name out there as a political operative.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

Too often people move to either Austin or out of the state. There is a void of talent in San Antonio.

Because of that void of talent and organization it is easy to find work if you just push your name out there.

Like most professions it is all about selling yourself and finding your niche. Arevalo's niche is local, municipal stuff. Mine is statewide, field, internet, and organizational.

Fill the void but find the niche.


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