Tuesday, June 27, 2006

National Review Mention & The Lifeblood of this Campaign

Earlier today, National Review Online and Santorum Blogger Alex Charyna commented on Raj vs. Schwartz.

Raj is pretty charismatic and personable.

If he and his campaign can get a lot of free / earned media in the expensive (and soon to be politically deluged) Philadelphia market, he might have a chance.

Charyna also highlighted RajBlog.

The campaign’s energy is rising. Throughout the campaign offices, there is a real spirit pulsating in each person. Everyone believes that as they meet and speak with voters, everyday citizens who are tired of the direction of their city and this district, this race is winnable.

The online vigor is also increasing. The more I blog, the more I speak with fellow bloggers, the more I speak with people that merely own a computer, it becomes clear that our campaign is unprecedented. I remember when someone asked me at a previous campaign, “what can this internet thing really get us?”

No one knows. That is what I find so rewarding about this campaign. Ideas may work. Ideas may not work. However, there are no bad ideas here. Everyone is working toward the same goal and no one has been excluded. The word team, as clichéd as it sounds, actually means what the definition says.

Together, we know, as Alex acknowledged, that we can win. However, we also know that we can do more. Each day, the people of the Northeast are inspiring us. Not only do we want to do better for them. Not only do we need to better for them. We want to win for them. That is the lifeblood of this campaign.

Raymond S.

You're First: Raj Announces E-mail Challenge

Politics is changing. Too many candidates have not grasped the immense potential of email, the blogosphere, and internet communications.

In contrast, Raj for Congress has embraced these changes that are allowing campaigns to reach more citizens. We hear you!

We believe in technology! We are inviting you to send your e-mail address. Our goal is to accumulate 200 e-mail addresses in the next ten days.

You have the power to enact change. Raj is a candidate committed to reform. Let’s join together and e-mail for a change!

YOU'RE FIRST: Philadelphia Magazine to Interview Raj

Tonight, Philadelphia Magazine will interview Raj. This outstanding publication covers Philadelphia news and living.

Earlier today, the Real Ugly American conversed with our candidate. According to Raj, the interview went “great.”

Effective Campaigning, Favorable Acceptance, and the Tropic of Sir Galahad

In between the raindrops, our field director Joe, Tsvetana, and myself knocked on doors in Northeast Philly. I find door-to-door to be the most effective campaign tool since it allows a face to be seen from the campaign. I enjoy seeing people genuinely interested in their Congressional representation.

As I looked up at the street names: King Arthur Rd, Galahad Rd, and Merlin Rd for example, they offered a strange, almost comedic aura. Moving from house to house, Joe and I made numerous references to the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. For example, talking of the Tale of Sir Galahad. This allowed us to relax, while knocking on almost one hundred doors.

As we went off on our seemingly sacred quest to gather support, we noticed on our data sheet that there was a mix of residents. As we moved down the list, more and more people were interested in hearing what Raj had to offer, Republican and Democrat alike. Everyone was very friendly with us and read the literature right as we handed it to them.

Despite the rain, our quest for getting our word out was a success.

Ryan D.

Raj In The Community

Today, Raj will appear at a senior makeover demonstration at 8420 Roosevelt Boulevard. Raj will arrive between 2:00-3:00 pm.