We Did It!

By: pitin
Published On: 9/30/2006 12:33:21 PM

Cross-Posted on Hurst 2006 Blog

We on September 26, the Andrew Hurst campaign issued a very ambitious challenge to our online supporters.  Raising $11,000 online in 5 days.  Guess what, we have reached our goal.  At noon on Saturday September 30th, we have raised $11,620.03!!

Click Here to contribute $25, $50, $100 or more.

So we have raised our goal, to $13,000 this is no time to get complacent.  Tom Davis is proud of the fact that he can raised millions of dollars from lobbyist, while having the audacity to say that Andrew HurstG«÷s money G«£comes from out of state lawyers who sue doctorsG«•.
The time has come, we have only twelve hours before the end of the current reporting period.  This financial report coupled with the next poll that comes out, will determine the G«£conventional wisdomG«• of how this race is going to go.  (does anyone else find it G«£interestingG«• that Tom Davis has run a few polls already but refuses to release them publicly?)

Click Here to contribute $25, $50, $100 or more.

If twelve hours until the end of the reporting cycle isnG«÷t enough, I have found yet another anonymous donor that will match the first $100 of all contributions from noon to midnight on September 30th.

Nate de la Piedra is the Online Outreach Coordinator for the Andrew Hurst for Congress 2006 Campaign. The ideas expressed herein belong to Nate de la Piedra and do not necessarily represent those of Andrew Hurst, his advisors, staff, or "The Campaign".


when is... (littlepunk - 9/30/2006 2:23:41 PM)
...the next poll expected to come out, as you mention?

I don't know (pitin - 9/30/2006 4:03:21 PM)
when the next poll will come out.

Just stating that when it does, people will look at that.

No Hurst Presence at Fall for Fairfax (FredFred - 9/30/2006 7:55:18 PM)
Estimated crowd of 20,000 people.  Tom Davis had a booth and there were George Allen signs there.  Davis also had people handing out lit and stickers at the entrance. 

The good news is that there were few Allen/Davis stickers being worn, unlike the Burke Centre Festival, another event where Davis had a booth and there was no Hurst presence.

What is Andy doing when he is totally ignoring major (FREE TO ATTEND) events in the district?  All you need is a volunteer or two handing out literature or stickers or something to get name recognition.  This time there were Hurst signs (even some big ones) along the road to the govt center, but unfortunately they're the same blue as Davis signs so they blend in a bit. 

Seems silly for a volunteer to go out and canvass where one person can maybe talk to 50 people in a few hours and skip an event where you can talk to thousands of voters in the same few hours.

According to Andy's website, the only event today was: 
September 30: Volunteer Canvass -- Poe (Mason) 
When: Saturday, September 30th, at 10AM

Where: Thomas Jefferson High School, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA. Click here for directions.

For the record:  I have two Hurst signs in my front yard, a Hurst sticker on my car, and have donated multiple times to his campaign.  It's just frustrating.  When there was no Hurst presence at my wife's church picnic with 1000+ people and Tom Davis personally in attendance, when there was no Hurst presence at my kid's back-to-school night but there was a Davis volunteer handing out lit, when there was no Hurst presence at two major Free community events but there were Davis booths - this was the easy stuff to build name recognition.

I'm frustrated as heck.  Davis is vulnerable.  Andy isn't going to get on tv much but free visibility seems like a no-brainer.


Fred... (pitin - 9/30/2006 8:58:51 PM)
you forget that your previous comments are saved.  You have been bashing Hurst for a while.

I'm not really sure what your beef is with the Hurst campaign, but Andy, a staffer, and a few volunteers were at fall for Fairfax.

I don't forget at all (FredFred - 9/30/2006 9:22:05 PM)
I have no problem with a record being here.  I'm not shy about it.  There's no such thing as anonymity on the internet.  I post not to somehow "bash Andy" but to offer constructive criticism and vent my frustration.  If you want to label me a concern troll then fine, but that doesn't change what I have (or in this case have not) seen.

I was at Fall for Fairfax from 11am until 3pm (it went from 10-4:30 so that was most of the time it was open).  I didn't see a single Hurst anything - and I looked. 

My beef with the Hurst campaign is the same exact beef I had with the Longmeyer campaign in 2004.  I want to win.  I want to see someone out there busting their butt to win.  I know the realities of the district.  I know that Tom Davis is a hypocritical faux family values guy (whose past somehow seems to be totally off limits) that the media loves and you never see a WaPo story about Davis without referring to him as "moderate" which is baloney.  He gets off totally easy when he kills smart growth because he's worried about Democrats moving into his district or when he gums up the looks of the Tyson's/Dulles rail project so a buddy of his can get a big contract.  Nobody bothers to run with any of the stories connecting Davis to Abramoff or Davis abusing his privilege as a congresscritter to send out a political mailing.  Tom Davis drives me absolutely bonkers and I want him gone almost as much as I want Allen gone (Davis's only saving grace is the religious wackos seem to be coolish towards him whereas they love Allen).  I have yet to see a story about how Davis lied when he signed the Contract With America in 1994 and pledged to only run for 6 terms (this is his 7th).

Andy Hurst is full of energy and his message is a great one but due to Davis's fundraising advantage and the expensive media market no candidate except maybe Gerry Connoly will be able to get on the air up here.  So it's going to be an all-ground game.  When I heard about Andy walking Prince William county months before the primary that was huge for his earning my support.  I never saw the energy from Ken Longmyer.  I can forgive Ken for his lackluster 2004 campaign - he only ran so that the seat would not go unopposed, but I didn't see that eye of the tiger in 2006 either.  So I donated to and voted for Andy Hurst.  I am not kidding anyone when I say I have 2 Hurst yard signs in my yard and a Hurst sticker on my car.  I want him to win.  That's why I care.

But it's frustrating when I go to these major community events and I feel like we're not even trying to build name recognition.  Tell me the FCDC doesn't have enough money sitting around to rent a booth at the Fall for Fairfax like the Davis folks did? 

If Andy Hurst's people were at Fall for Fairfax I am surprised I didn't see a single crumpled up page of literature or a single sticker or whatever the heck he would have been handing out.  If they were there, great, and if I'm somehow the only attendee who didn't see them there then I apologize. 


Busting Butts (pitin - 9/30/2006 9:32:15 PM)
Fred, Why don't you swing by the Hurst office and talk to any of the Hurst staffers who work 100+ hours a week, or our unpaid volunteers.

Better yet, swing by, pick up some free lit. and bumper stickers and hand them out to whoever you want.

Until you chip in your time, your point is moot.

Hurst doesn't always tell Davis where he'll be (Andrea Chamblee - 10/1/2006 12:54:27 AM)
Hurst is out this weekend, Fred.  Some events are in places so predictably pro-Democrat that Hurst doesn't target them.  If you look at how the 11th is drawn, you'll see that Davis predicts down to the house number who he wanted in the 11th, and who he tossed to the 10th (and Davis is still in the minority by now). 

Davis may have targeted this event because it's not predictably for him, and he needed to have a presence there.  Hurst likewise targets where he goes so he gets to meet the undecideds and independents who still need a reason to throw the crooked bums out.  There aren't enough weekends left for him to target his strongest fans, as important as their support is. I hope you'll understand, and vote Hurst.  If you saw his debate, you'll know he is taking Davis to the mat.

BTW, the debate is coming up, on TV on Fri. Oct. 6, 4 pm; Sat. Oct. 7, 9:30 pm; Wed. Oct. 11, 6:30 pm; Sat., Oct. 21, 9:30 am.

I sincerely wish more people who blog would canvass (demnan - 10/1/2006 8:14:56 AM)
We go out every weekend in Prince William to canvass door-to-door.  Andy was at the Occoquan Craft Fair last weekend for 3 hours or so, stumping.  We had a table there both days.  We phone every Monday and Wednesday from the Dale City Office.  Some of these events haven't been posted on the website, but they are all posted on the Prince William County Democrats website.  I've done all these events and so I figure I've done my best.  Surely if you have a church picnic and would like Andy to go, by all means, contact the office and give some advance notice to see if Andy can attend.  But maybe he has other picnics and activites he's already signed up for.  That's the way these things are done.  There is so much to do and so little time between now and election day that we all have to work together.  Instead of criticism, we need all the help we can get.  It takes more than 2 signs in your yard.  If you can blog, you can speak.  Go to the office and phone bank one night a week.  I think the whole campaign is working very hard so far.  I don't know if we'll make it but at least we can say we tried.

We're bringing the crook back to real Center (Andrea Chamblee - 10/1/2006 12:11:39 PM)
Instead of where the Center used to be -- where those drunk with power want to use anti-evolution, anti-science, anti-education, people to their cynical advantage as any excuse to keep power.
We're making Davis too scared to pass his money around to other conservative wackos and crooks like George Allen, Randy Forbes, Bob Ney, Thomas Foley, etc.  He's saving it for himself this cycle.
We're digging up money from Halliburton, Enron, and Exxon, some that he had to return.  We found money and ties to Abramoff and other crooks in that scandal. Abramoff is still naming names, Republican Party leaders who covered up for Foley will be named, Davis's complacency in the Iraq cover up disclosed by the Intelligence Report will bite him, and the ICG overnment clients are still not identified.  His national ambitions are going in the same direction as Allen's.
Team Hurst has already accomplished what was unthinkable already this year.  Help us finish the job.