I canvassed with Primo for two hours yesterday. That was enough. It's hard work. No wonder he's exhausted all the time now. He has been doing five or six hours a day and probably needs to do eight. Twenty thousand households, 20 doors an hour, eight weeks to the election.
You can't get to 20,000 in eight weeks. Not doing only 20 doors an hour or only eight hours a day.
But that's what we have.
We stopped at a farm stand on the way home and paid way too much for tomatoes that weren't very good. One of the guys running it was a firefighter. Primo introduced himself, explained that he was running, explained that he had the support of our town's firefighters.
"Show up at the firehouse at 4:30 with a few pizzas," the guy suggested. "You can meet the guys that way."
"That's a great idea!" I told Primo when we were back in the car. "Why don't you do that?"
He shook his head. "I am focused on doors! I don't have time to think about adding more events!"
Why wasn't this already part of his plan? Why did I have to put all the church festivals on his calendar? Why didn't Samantha schedule him with the firefighters, the police, the garbage collectors, anywhere where there is a group of voters to whom he could speak. Where is her plan? Why haven't we had one?
"I had a meeting with the communications guys on Thursday," Primo said when I griped about Samantha. "I was supposed to be there at 10. Samantha asked them to be there at 9:30 so she could talk to them for a while without me. Then all four of us would meet at 10. She didn't show up until 10:30."
I gasped. Being late is one of the worst things you can do that's legal as far as I'm concerned.
"She was an hour late to a meeting she had arranged?" I asked.
Primo shook his head. "Yep."
"That's wrong," I said. "This is a problem. What is she doing for you anyhow? We need to look at the contract and the plan to see if she's doing what she said she would do."
I am ticked. Why isn't she managing his campaign?
And why isn't Primo managing his manager?