Thursday, November 09, 2006

Election results

The Present
Well the election is over and I'm going to take a few days off. I didn't receive the results I had hoped for but I'm not surprised or disappointed by the outcome. I recieved a little over 2 percent of the vote while the Dem. recieved about 55 percent and the Republican incumbent lost with 43 percent. It was easy to see who would win and lose about 6 weeks out simply based on the amount of activity and funding. The original purpose of my running has been fulfilled. Not only did people get to learn about the LP. They also realized that they had a choice.
The Future
Using the Data from the election I will be able to target people likely to join or support the Party and in future elections we will be able to get much better results. We will be seeking to organize a county party in Knox county in the near future, depending on the response from our mailings.
I will be running again in 2008 for State Representative in District 64. the next time I won't be so easy to overlook. More funding and volunteers are expected and starting now I really have a chance of building momentum and a first class campaign .

  • Thursday, November 02, 2006

    Election Update: Making an impact

    The Democrat and Republican stategists have for a long time used a tactic of ignoring 3rd party candidates. In the past it seems this was a way of not lending credence to the "outsider" views.
    I have been experiencing the same tactic being used in my race. The effects of this attempt to ignore my views and that of the LPIN has been felt several times. I have been ignored by the media, left out of a couple of candidate events, and generally not listened to. I and the volunteers who have helped from time to time have put great effort into contacting the groups holding events so that we can be included. We have tried very hard to engage in all aspects of a "real" campaign. We send out constant barrages of emails to media outlets so as to be included in any articles.
    It seems that the effort has paid off. Several papers now include my name when referring to the race. I have been interviewed 4 times by4 newspapers in the last 3 weeks. I am mentioned in every local radio broadcast of election related stories.
    All of the above mentioned is great but I've saved the best for last. A friend of mine reported to me that Sunday night he received a call regarding a political survey. Several of the questions included the Libertarian Party and the one about who would you vote for if the election were today listed me as an option first. To top of this great news I noticed an ad in the local paper in which the incumbent no longer refers to just 1 opponent but used the word opponents.
    All of the hard work and determination has finally paid off I'm actually being treated as a viable candidate and not just a novelty. My analysis is that this area is ready for a change. The people have seen that Libertarian ideas aren't radical. The people here are ready to have a real choice on the ballot.

  • Election Update: Making an impact

    The Democrat and Republican stategists have for a long time used a tactic of ignoring 3rd party candidates. In the past it seems this was a way of not lending credence to the "outsider" views.
    I have been experiencing the same tactic being used in my race. The effects of this attempt to ignore my views and that of the LPIN has been felt several times. I have been ignored by the media, left out of a couple of candidate events, and generally not listened to. I and the volunteers who have helped from time to time have put great effort into contacting the groups holding events so that we can be included. We have tried very hard to engage in all aspects of a "real" campaign. We send out constant barrages of emails to media outlets so as to be included in any articles.
    It seems that the effort has paid off. Several papers now include my name when referring to the race. I have been interviewed 4 times by4 newspapers in the last 3 weeks. I am mentioned in every local radio broadcast of election related stories.
    All of the above mentioned is great but I've saved the best for last. A friend of mine reported to me that Sunday night he received a call regarding a political survey. Several of the questions included the Libertarian Party and the one about who would you vote for if the election were today listed me as an option first. To top of this great news I noticed an ad in the local paper in which the incumbent no longer refers to just 1 opponent but used the word opponents.
    All of the hard work and determination has finally paid off I'm actually being treated as a viable candidate and not just a novelty. My analysis is that this area is ready for a change. The people have seen that Libertarian ideas aren't radical. The people here are ready to have a real choice on the ballot.

  • Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Political payoffs?

    Ihave been hesitant to bring up the subject in my campaign but due to the concern which has been expressed by the voters I have spoken to, I feel I must address the issue. The specific incident I refer to is a hiring by INDOT of Melissa Woodruff, wife of Destrict 64 rep Troy Woodruff. Previously information had been reported by the Evansville courier that due to a reorganization each INDOT district had created a Human Resources Manager position. In November of last year Mrs. Woodruff officially filled the position locally. I do not have any doubt as to her qualifications for the job as she had previously been employed for several years in a similar position with a large private company. I would like to state that I do not think that there was any intention by the Woodruffs to commit any wrongful acts. However the circumstances behind the hiring suggest that not everything was "above board".
    The circumstances I refer to aren't in dispute and have been confirmed both publically through officials with INDOT, And through my own sources within the department.
    1. The position was never advertised either publically or internally.
    2. Only two people were interviewed for the position
    3. Mrs. Woodruff was not seeking employment, rather, she was sought out specifically to interview for this position.
    All of this came following Troy Woodruff's controversial vote in favor of Daylight Savings Time Legislation and just weeks before "Major Moves" legislation would be introduced.
    The suggestion which comes to mind is that someone wanted to so make sure Troy knew who his friends were, so to speak. He had already cast one controversial vote and would possibly be asked to cast another. Many of the residents of this district believe that this was a payoff of some kind. Even Mr. Woodruff must have had some idea of the ramifications. When the offer was made, he sought advice from an Indiana House staff Attorney. If he believed that the offer was legitimate and posed no ethical questions why did he seek legal counsel?

    The underlying facts of the hiring present the appearance of cronyism and the people deserve answers. People need to be able to trust that government officials are working in their best interest not simply furthering a political agenda. To that end, I will make every effort to ensure that this incident is investigated. If Iam elected it will high on my list of priorities. If this was a misguided attempt by officials within the Daniels Administration to gain votes at taxpayer expense, then those responsible should be made to pay for breaking the public trust in this manner.

  • Friday, October 20, 2006

    The Economy...The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    I've been flabergasted recently by Mitch Daniels' Claiming the economy is in good shape. His evidence? Some Eonomic indicators which have been improving. Examples would include unemployment claims-- lower, State revenue--up, total amount of jobs--up. This is the supposedly good part. Of course the catch is that all of these figures are subject to interpretation.
    Now for the Bad and Ugly portion...I have some recent knowledge and personal experience to prove that Governor Daniels, Troy Woodruff (my Representative) and all the other people touting the virtues of the economy, are blind, stupid, or just bullsh****** all of us.
    I personally believe that the last one probably fits but then again I always believe the worst of people I don't trust. It was report several times over the last few weeks that Whirlpool Evansville would be laying off several hundred employees. The reasons for this are many.
    1.New housing Starts--Down
    2.Home purchases--Down
    3.Home remodeling down.

    These are the major indicators affecting household appliance manufacturers. Now this is bad news for those whirlpool employees but let me add suppliers into the formula to make this situation ugly. I happen to work for one of those suppliers. This week my employer announce that they will be laying off 48 emplyees. The reason: Whirlpool slowdowns, as well the fact that many of our products are now going to be manufactured in Mexico. I'm sure that my laid off coworkers and those in Evansville will be able to find employment in one of the many "new jobs" which the Daniels Administration has taken claim for creating. Unfortunately in my town those jobs pay about $6 per hour versus the $12.07 per hour they had been making. If my town is any indication then I would venture to guess the Evansville employees are in the same boat.
    It might be a better idea if the Administration and its supporters start by actually implementing policies which are proven to promote a healthy economy instead of listening to lobbyists. How about listening to the little guy. The one who's affected when your economic indicators don't reflect reality. Here's an idea: Mitch should take his eyes away from the financial reports for a while and actually go out and talk to people instead of experimenting with "time-zone travel". I've always found that people are much more acurate than some report when reporting how their life is working out.

  • Saturday, September 30, 2006

    Watchdog Indiana results

    Watchdog Indiana, an Indiana based taxpayer Watchdog group, Has given me a Taxpayer friendly rating. While visiting theirr site I noticed 2 things right away
    There are currently 8,084 Hoosiers who receive E-mail Updates from Watchdog Indiana and I noticed that less than 20 candidates for the legislature have received a Taxpayer Friendly Rating. I am honored to be among the few who this group trusts to protect the taxpayers of Indiana. You can view the Watchdog Indiana Website by visiting the links below:
    I received the following correspondence:

    Hello Candidate Thomas,

    Thank you for your response to the Watchdog Indiana Candidate Questionnaire!

    Your Watchdog Indiana Candidate Rating is Taxpayer Friendly.

    Your Questionnaire response is posted online at
    http://finplaneducation.net/rating_thomas_ja.htm.

    Good luck in your campaign!

    Happy Trails,

    Aaron Smith
    www.watchdogindiana.org

    P.S. Would you like for me to send a support letter to your local newspapers?

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    News from the campaign trail


    After a few delays, Yard signs have finally come in and are being placed as we speak. The campaign is progressing nicely even with a few hiccups and a late start. I predict the decision will definitely come down to the wire with a very close three way split of the vote. My Republican opponent seems to be following the advice of National leaders by running attack ads against the Democrat challenger. According to a publicized memo, this is the national GOP strategy with 90 percent of their advertising budget being used for this tactic.
    I don't find negative ads a problem but I do question the wisdom of picking illegal immigration as hot button in this district. My Democrat opponent seems to be concentrating on gaining credibility in his advertising. I am rethinking some of my own AD strategy and will update when the ads begin running.

  • Sunday, September 10, 2006

    More Campaign Updates

    In conjunction with My last post I made a fundraising appeal to fellow Libertarians across the state. Since the response was not what I had hoped, I will be proceeding with the purchase of Radio time out of my own funds. I have spent about $1000 so far out of my own pocket and plan contribute $1000 more for Advertising. Fortunately, I already have Palm cards and Yard signs taken care of.

    Plans are going forward with hosting a public events shortly before the election in both Gibson and Knox counties. This should alleviate some of the financial strain as well as boost support right before the election. The format has yet to be finalized and I keep you posted as plans progress.

    Finally, I'd like to take the time to Thank the people who have volunteered to work the polls on election day and those who have volunteered their money, time and/or expertise to this endeavor. There are too many to name here but some have gone above and beyond the call and deserve recognition.
    So without further ado I 'd like to thank: Stacey R., Gary W. , Sean K., Fred H., Terrence W., Chris D., Tim R., and James K., You all have been there whenever I 've called for help and have made a big difference.