Following up on my last post I spoke to Ann Marie Buerkle this week:
DaTechGuy: How are the absentee ballots looking so far?
Ann Marie Buerkle: They are looking pretty good absentee ballots are breaking more from areas I’ve done well in.
DTG: So what kind of tactics have you been seeing the other side running?
AMB: Well first of all they asked for a manual count, the Judge has rejected that temporarily. No problems have come up with the machines. The DCCC and the Unions are here in force and their campaign has asked the media to in a memo to hold off reporting on the race. They’ve even been contacting voters at home to find how they voted! (DTG as I’ve reported here)
DTG: Has there been any issues with Military Ballots?
AMB: No they have steered clear of them, so far.
DTG: I guess that is the last resort, What kind of operation are they running?
AMB: The goal seems to be to disqualify as many republican ballots as they can, they are objecting to absentee ballots at a ratio of 3-1 compared to us.
DTG: And what about the congressman himself?
AMB: There has been sign of him, he has not make a statement or an appearance since election night. On Veterans day he didn’t even put in an appearance or a statement, very very unusual.
DTG: Speaking of unusual a lot of people seems to have been taken by surprise by your lead.
AMB: John McCain only took 43% of the vote in this district.
DTG: And there was that poll we talked about during Stacy McCain’s and my visit.
AMB: We worked very hard in Monroe County and took it 55-45. No Republican had ever taken Monroe county before. We did even better in Wayne county with 65% of the vote and I have to mention the grass roots effort in the town of Webster, simply masterful, volunteers knocked on every door and left materials at every house more than once. I can’t say enough about our volunteers.
DTG: And as the count goes on what will you be up to?
AMB: I will be attending the Congressional Freshman Orientation event in Washington.
DTG: Yeah with the current popularity of the president that a losing proposition, no wonder they are all in now. Finally with all the Union and DCCC help against you I presume you could use a few dollars to keep up.
AMB: Yes we need to be able to match them as they try to disqualify enough republican absentee ballots to manage a win.
DTG: And where can people give?
AMB: They can give at our post Election Fund here.
DTG: Ann Marie Buerkle thank you for your time