Hashtag Mead Treadwell Staff Fail
It’s one of the most important and highly watched Senate races in the nation. Alaska is one of five states that went for Mitt Romney in 2012, and for which there is a Democratic Senator up for re-election next year. It’s a power seat, with the potential to tip the balance and change the country.
Despite that fact, the Republicans who have lined up to take on incumbent Democrat Mark Begich seem a bit lackluster. And the one lacking the most luster seems to be the one who would be most likely to pose a real challenge to Begich in the general. I speak of Mead Treadwell. He’s got pretty deep Alaska roots unlike his opponent Dan Sullivan who keeps trying to convince us he’s not an opportunitstic carpetbagger. No, really, he’s not. Really. (Hint: If convincing anyone of your AK cred is a thing, you don’t have any)
He’s also got an encyclopedic knowledge of arctic issues, and is all set to pounce on those new polar shipping lanes. Don’t think of it as catastrophic climate change and melting polar ice cap, think of it as “opportunity.” And he’s also currently the Lite Gov, albeit not particularly beloved by the actual Gov.
Still, one wonders what’s behind the Treadwell campaign. Who are the power players? Why is the campaign floudering in the fundraising department? I mean, what gives?
“Our campaign finances are just fine,” Treadwell’s campaign manager Fred Brown said. “We have improved each quarter and will undoubtedly have the resources to not only win the primary but replace Mark Begich in November.”
As of Sept. 30, he only had $43,300 cash on hand. During this period, he appeared to be spending roughly $57,000 a month.
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich raised $813,000 during the same time period, and ended the period with $2.4 million cash on hand.
Hm. This doesn’t sound like good news for the campaign.
But, Fred Brown says that everything is just fine. Fred Brown is confident. Fred Brown must know what he’s talking about. Fred Brown is, after all, the campaign manager for the candidate who is arguably the most serious contender for this nationally coveted seat.
I mean, let’s check him out. You know, just to be sure he knows his stuff. Let’s see if he’s on Twitter.
Well, this appears to be him. A li’l snark about “Ohio Dan” the carpetbagging opponent. Says he’s “on the trail” with the candidate. There’s a little premature twittification there on the bottom, but an honest mistake, maybe from a phone.
The Donald Duck image is a little… odd, though.(Oregon Donald?) Not the image one would select to conjure images of high-powered political struggle for the very philosophical heart of the nation’s legislative branch. Or as they say in the Twitterverse #ProfessionalismFail
Let’s check out his little bio and see if that’s any better.
Nothing says, “believe in my financial analysis, and the work ethic of my candidate and his staff which includes me” like citing your last job as a faux latex salesman for Vandelay Industries, who in reality is an unemployment benefits cheat.
For those of you perplexed by this reference, allow me to refresh your memory. We’ll be heading back to the 1990s.
So, the Lt. Governor just hired the guy who’s face-down in the middle of the living room with his pants around his ankles?
“And you wanna be my Senator…”
Well, there’s always the campaign spokesman. He’s also a public face of the campaign. That would be Rick Gorka. He’s the guy who used to work for the Mitt Romney campaign, and pushed back against the “info jackals” in the press with the immortal line:
“Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people.”
Let’s look at his Twitter presence.
He too is a “Seinfeld freak,” and proudly proclaims his penchant for supporting losers.
I think we could totally write a Seinfeld episode about this.