Fair point my *** Mr. Franck

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Fair point my *** Mr. Franck

You wanted con­fir­ma­tion, Cap­tain? Take a look! There’s your confirmation!

Lt. Kamin­sky Tora Tora Tora

William Jacob­son is a very fair-​minded man. When writ­ing about Marisa DeFranco get­ting her 15k sig­na­tures to chal­lenge Eliz­a­beth War­ren. He said this about the next hur­dle she would need to over­come:

As indi­cated in the video below, DeFranco would have to get 15% of the vote at the nom­i­nat­ing con­ven­tion on June 2 in order to make it to the bal­lot in September.

Three weeks ago, that prospect would have seemed dim.

He was chal­lenged by Kevin Franck, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor of the Mass­a­chu­setts Demo­c­ra­tic Party who asked:

Why would you think that here prospects of pass­ing the 15% thresh­old were dim?

Bill, being a polite man called it a fair point, I don’t.

Let’s start with the fundrais­ing num­bers:

DeFranco col­lected $9,074 in cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2012, end­ing the period with $8,080 cash-​on-​hand, accord­ing to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Commission.

Mar­sia Defranco raised $9,074 dol­lars in three months. to put that in per­spec­tive I need about $9500 to pay for a fur­nace and Asbestos removal before win­ter comes that I don’t have. Feel free to kick in:





I’ll wager if I shook the DaTip­Jar every sin­gle day for a quar­ter I’d be able to raise it from my readers.

Mar­sia DeFranco has been a can­di­date for the US Sen­ate since last year and has been cam­paign­ing since then. Her fundrais­ing has been so suc­cess­ful that her cam­paign couldn’t loan me the money to replace my fur­nace even if it wanted to.

But money isn’t every­thing what about press. Lets look at how much cov­er­age she has generated:

I did an exact search for the Name “Marisa DeFranco” in Google news over the last year (5÷16÷115÷16÷12) sorted by date, I got 208 results shown via 6 pages

Of those six pages 8 of those sto­ries had the words “Marisa” or “DeFranco” in the title and only one of those 8 was dated before the War­ren Indian upris­ing (Feb 11th at a site called Masslive .com which of course is the first source any­one goes in the state for polit­i­cal news.)

Iron­i­cally there were 13 sto­ries from that group with the words “Eliz­a­beth War­ren” or War­ren” in the title.

So in other words since May of 2011 if you were a per­son inter­ested in the Mass sen­ate race and searched for “Mar­sia DeFranco” on google you were 62% more likely to find a story head­lined by Eliz­a­beth War­ren than Defranco and none by a source other than Masslive until May 2nd of this year.

To put this is per­spec­tive the same search for the phrase “Eliz­a­beth War­ren” dur­ing the same period gave over 32,000 results.

So Marisa DeFranco is a can­di­date with no name recog­ni­tion, no news cov­er­age and almost no money who is only get­ting atten­tion today because of the sud­denly implod­ing Eliz­a­beth War­ren cam­paign. The one thing she has had going for her before then was tenacity.

The ques­tion Mr. Franck isn’t why Mr. Jacob­son would pre­sume Marisa DeFranco prospects were dim to get the required 15% of the del­e­gates at the Demo­c­ra­tic Con­ven­tion to make the bal­lot, the ques­tion is why would YOU think they were not?

You wanted confirmation, Captain? Take a look! There’s your confirmation!

Lt. Kaminsky Tora Tora Tora

William Jacobson is a very fair-minded man. When writing about Marisa DeFranco getting her 15k signatures to challenge Elizabeth Warren. He said this about the next hurdle she would need to overcome:

As indicated in the video below, DeFranco would have to get 15% of the vote at the nominating convention on June 2 in order to make it to the ballot in September.

Three weeks ago, that prospect would have seemed dim.

He was challenged by Kevin Franck, Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party who asked:

Why would you think that here prospects of passing the 15% threshold were dim?

Bill, being a polite man called it a fair point, I don’t.

Let’s start with the fundraising numbers:

DeFranco collected $9,074 in campaign contributions during the first quarter of 2012, ending the period with $8,080 cash-on-hand, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Marsia Defranco raised $9,074 dollars in three months. to put that in perspective I need about $9500 to pay for a furnace and Asbestos removal before winter comes that I don’t have. Feel free to kick in:





I’ll wager if I shook the DaTipJar every single day for a quarter I’d be able to raise it from my readers.

Marsia DeFranco has been a candidate for the US Senate since last year and has been campaigning since then. Her fundraising has been so successful that her campaign couldn’t loan me the money to replace my furnace even if it wanted to.

But money isn’t everything what about press. Lets look at how much coverage she has generated:

I did an exact search for the Name “Marisa DeFranco” in Google news over the last year (5/16/11 – 5/16/12) sorted by date, I got 208 results shown via 6 pages

Of those six pages 8 of those stories had the words “Marisa” or “DeFranco” in the title and only one of those 8 was dated before the Warren Indian uprising (Feb 11th at a site called Masslive .com which of course is the first source anyone goes in the state for political news.)

Ironically there were 13 stories from that group with the words “Elizabeth Warren” or Warren” in the title.

So in other words since May of 2011 if you were a person interested in the Mass senate race and searched for “Marsia DeFranco” on google you were 62% more likely to find a story headlined by Elizabeth Warren than Defranco and none by a source other than Masslive until May 2nd of this year.

To put this is perspective the same search for the phrase “Elizabeth Warren” during the same period gave over 32,000 results.

So Marisa DeFranco is a candidate with no name recognition, no news coverage and almost no money who is only getting attention today because of the suddenly imploding Elizabeth Warren campaign. The one thing she has had going for her before then was tenacity.

The question Mr. Franck isn’t why Mr. Jacobson would presume Marisa DeFranco prospects were dim to get the required 15% of the delegates at the Democratic Convention to make the ballot, the question is why would YOU think they were not?