I have not been happy with Primo's campaign manager. I thought that by January, we should have a complete campaign strategy and a week by week plan for doors, media, mailing, events, whatever.
We do not have that.
I suggested to Primo that if the campaign manager was not going to do manage the campaign, perhaps Primo should fire him.
Primo was reluctant to do so - Campaign Manager (CM) is our friend.
(Which is why YOU DO NOT GO INTO BUSINESS WITH YOUR FRIENDS.)
(OR IF YOU DO, YOU WRITE DOWN THE TERMS FIRST!)
I told Primo really specific things CM should be doing and suggested he and CM talk about them.
Here's the deal - Primo is not a planner. He gets things done, but by staying up all night to meet his deadlines.
CM is also like that.
Primo needs someone like me running his campaign.
Only I do not want to do that job.
I got home from work and CM was in our kitchen!
Primo: CM is here. I've been telling him the things you have been saying. He knows everything.
Me [Oh man.]
Primo: I think it would be useful for you to explain what you mean to him because you are much better at organizing than I am.
Me [SERIOUSLY!? You are dumping this on me?]
CM: I really want to hear what you have to say, Goldie. It's OK.
I take a deep breath and think about What Alison Would Do.
Clear, direct, objective statements.
Me: CM. I want to see a written campaign strategy.
Me: CM and Primo. I want you guys to meet at least once a week. I suggest you meet every Friday.
Me: CM. You need to be sending us a statement of account every month.
Me: CM. I love you. You're a friend. We want you to succeed as a campaign manager. But - you have to bring more value to us than we are paying. You need to find donors and you need to find voters we would not otherwise reach.
Me: CM. You guys have to finish that highway construction ad you were filming.
Me: I really don't want to be involved in this! I do not want to manage a campaign!