Sunday, April 13, 2008

Checks and Balances: Olson is done

Checks and Balances reported a month ago that the campaign in the 6th was over.

This election cycle has not been a good one for Bob Olson. First of many of you may be asking who in the heck is Bob Olson and what is he running for and there lies the essence of the problem. Olson was a candidate for the U.S. Senate last year until he decided to make the switch and run for the 6th Congressional District against Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN6) less than a month after that announcement Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN3) announced his retirement and Olson who actually lives in the 3rd found himself aced from running for the district he resides in due to his earlier pronouncement.

Since then Nikki Carlson has left as first campaign manager and then fundraiser and Chris Truscott his Communications Director left this week leaving the campaign basically adrift.
Many kept it afloat, including a lot of people Blueman has a lot of respect for. The David Day's, Tom Beckfeld's, Dana Kutcher, and many others who held the campaign together until recently are to be commended for their strong actions to build our party. It was only after a horrific debate in Anoka, when people began to leave the sinking ship, after Olson expressly told those volunteers that he would not do and say certain things.

Surely Olson has hired a new crew. We got the email via the field/fundraising/communications guru. It looks to be that the field campaign side of the house for Olson is dead in the water.

While lots of people still do not like Tinklenberg, Olson has not been able to reach out to delegates in a manner that empowers those voters and creates the loyalty delegates had to Senator Bonoff and to Ashwin Madia.

Blueman will be joining Political Muse at the 6th CD conference for some tag team You Tubing and blogging. Sounds like it will be a pretty fun time!

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