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Thursday, June 19, 2003


MoveOn Non-Scandal; Clarification to the AP

posted by annatopia at Thursday, June 19, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
To sum up the rumor: MoveOn's primary is rigged and slanted for Dean. Sour grapes from Gephart's team, who are miffed because they didn't get to send a personal appeal to MoveOn's members. A Gephart spokesperson says MoveOn is playing favorites. Sour grapes from an Edwards spokesperson, who insinuates that due to Zack Exley's work for the Dean campaign, MoveOn's poll is biased.

The facts: Every single campaign - even those with the smallest web presence - are urging their supporters to sign up and vote in the MoveOn poll. All nine candidates were given equal airtime and allowed to compose letters which appear on MoveOn's site. All nine (corrected - Anna) were also sent the MoveOn questionaire, and their responses - if they bothered to answer - are posted in full on MoveOn's site. MoveOn has already done a few informal polls which determined that candidates Gov Howard Dean MD, Senator John Kerry, and Representative Dennis Kucinich have the most support among MoveOn's 1.4 million members. Emails composed by those three candidates were sent out to MoveOn members. Dean's went out yesterday, Kerry's went out today, and Kucinich will get his shot on Friday. In addition, Zack Exley can work for whomever he wants, and MoveOn founder Wes Boyd has cleared him to work for the other campaigns if they request Exley's services.

I want to make it clear that I'm not bashing the other candidates, but this is ridiculous. What this tells me is that MoveOn's primary is more important than most of us might realise. The other candidates want the MoveOn Machine behind them just as much as we do. In some cases, they might want it more because many of those other campaigns could sure use a shot in the arm right about now. Perhaps some of these campaigns are already quite aware that they're going to lose, and this is their attempt to either minimise or taint this victory in the eyes of both the pundits and the voters.

But we know better. We know that Howard Dean is going to win because he deserves to win. We know Howard Dean is going to win not because of an email campaign, but because he's running a winning campaign (en español). He's going to win because he is a strong leader who is passionate about making a difference and building a better future for every American. Howard Dean is someone who inspires the activist in all of us, and who'll unite this country and this party when we're able to convince the electorate to give him a chance. A MoveOn primary win would go a long way towards achieving that goal.

And that's why we've got to win the MoveOn primary, because it represents a giant step towards fulfilling our goals: unseating George W Bush and giving the White House - our government - back to the people. If you haven't registered to vote in the MoveOn Primary, you can do it right here. Encourage your democratic friends to do the same.

Let's win this thing, and take another step towards reclaiming our country.


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