Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Candidate's Wife: The winner of the Other Side's primary is such a loser that it may be possible for Our Side's candidate (AKA The Challenger) to win

Primo: I could have beaten this guy! I can't believe he won the [Other Side's] primary!

Me: Me, neither! I thought everyone knew he was a total loser! Especially after that debacle in the legislature!

[Loser Candidate held another state-level elected office and - without going into great detail - completely screwed it up. I mean, total, total loser. Even my friend at work who is very Other Side and lives in our district was shaking his head about that one.]

Primo: I guess all people care about is if they've heard the name before.

Me: You could have beaten him.

Primo: I know.

Me: Do you care?

Primo: Nope. I keep wondering if I'll regret my decision, but - I am really happy!

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Candidate's Wife: Primo gets an unsolicited offer for unsolicited advice from someone who badmouthed him

There's this guy. Let's call him Otto. (I was going to use "Bob" but I think I have already used it.)


Months ago, Otto was pissed that Primo wouldn't put up a yard sign for Otto's candidate in the city council election.

He had messaged Primo on facebook to ask if Primo wanted Otto's candidate's yard sign.

Primo had answered, "I'm voting for her but haven't decided whether to publicly endorse. I sat down with [her opponent] and it seems to me that he is quite reasonable."

As in, Primo didn't have strong feelings one way or another about these two candidates because he thought they were both decent.

Otto answered, "Hmmmm. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I rather prefer politicians that commit."

Which fine - Otto is totally allowed to have that opinion.

But then he started trash talking Primo to other people, including one of Primo's really good political friends, who shared everything with Primo. So we know.

Today, this happened.

Otto: are you taking a break from running for office?

Primo: Probably not "taking a break," but I don't have a long-term plan for doing (or not doing) anything specific. Why do you ask?

Otto: Just thinking about you. FWIW - I'm still willing to provide advice, etc. if you begin thinking about candidacy again in the future.

Primo: Thanks. You are a community leader on an important issue. Perhaps we should sit down and talk someday instead of just trading occasional facebook messages.


Me: What a jerk!

Me: "Still" willing to provide advice?

Me: What standing does he have to provide advice anyhow?

Me: Meet with him so I can write about it.