This seems like a great way to allow delegates to meet the candidates. I am
excited for Mia Love, sounds like she really knows what she is doing and will be
great representation for the state of Utah.
At first, most delegates don't know Mayor Love, but when they get to know
her, they like her. Not just because she is a different face but because she has
accomplished so much economically and fiscally speaking for her city.
Yup. Politics as usual. If you can't win them over with your solid ideas
and plans, you can always try to buy them.
VIVA the delegate process!Free chow might get delegates to show up
to listen to a candidate they initially had little interest in.However, I trust that nearly all of the delegates take their responsibility
seriously and will use the opportunity to learn more about a candidate's
position on the issues, and to judge their sincerity, and ethics. (And, yes, if
it smells like they are just trying to bribe a delegate, they will pick up on
that too!).Contrast the hours spent by delegates during this wooing
process with the barrage of one-way carefully edited sound bites, or brief
editorials in the media, or unvetted TV commercials that would happen in an open
primary. It is much easier to fool masses of uninterested voters in that arena
than when working face to face with very inquisitive delgates who ask tough
quesitons and listen critically to answers.Being a delegate is a lot
harder than some people think, and trust me, the free chow does not buy any (or
many) delegate votes!
I've been a delegate 5 times. Most candidates do not buy meals for
delegates. Carl Wimmer is one who does not buy meals. Why did the writers
headline this article "Candidates go through delegates' stomachs to win
hearts, minds" then feature only a series of photos showing a rare Carl
Wimmer restaurant meeting (where the delegates are clearly not eating a meal).
Why not display a candidate who does purchase meals? What's the point?
The writers owe Wimmer an apology and clarification to readers.
I was a delegate from 2007 until 3/13/12. I will admit that having fun mingling
and eating together was nice, may specific intent was to get to know the
delegate. I'd make sure to meet the candidate, and talk with as many folks
as possible about the delegate. I admire candidates like Seegmiller and Love
who are trying something different. Whatever, delegates, and later voters, need
to remember that it wasn't the great buffet, but knowing what the
candidates stand for, are the only things that matter.
Since I prefer legislators severely limiting the meals etc they get from
lobbyists, I stopped accepting the meals in 2004, and since. Though I kept a
nice print Mr. Lampropoulos sent out to the delegates, nice one of an American
flag in an old time neighborhood. Guess that shows my price...
I do not like the 'buy me a meal' idea, and appreciate the candidates
who avoid this. I'm a delegate in South Jordan, and have been to some of
these restaurant meetings. I insist on paying for my own meal, though. Some
candidates were expecting us to all do this, some are grateful when we do, and
others are baffled when we do. As for David Kirkham's
racetrack tickets- he has an annual friends & family free day at his track;
he simply expanded it to include more people this year. I find it regrettable,
though, in a way, because both this, and handing out his car posters, still
feels like he's trying to buy votes. I'm surprised by his doing this,
but I guess no more surprised than candidates buying meals. When I went to a
Kirkham breakfast meeting, he did expect us to pay our own way. I was glad to
see that.Elections should be about principles and ideas, not food or
freebies- on the personal , local, or national level.
If you want to win our hearts and minds you don't have to go through our
stomachs to do it! Just do your jobs that you were elected to do! You work for
us we don't work for you so quit giving us the shaft!