From Eric Reyes’ twitter today:
I’m proud to say that I oppose #war w/#Syria because I’m a #patriotic American who loves my country. #17 #StandWithRand #StandWithReyes
Last twitter from Cheri Bustos, date unknown:
cheribustos@MikeNitzel Thanks for volunteering!
Last twitter from Bobby Schilling dated August 16:
@cheribustos has time to fundraise with Pelosi in Chicago but can’t be bothered the people who elected her. rrstar.com/blogs/chuckswe…#17
I don’t twitter or facebook or any of that other 21st century hoohaw, but from this sampling, it appears Reyes is the only one so far using that newfangled media stuff to his advantage. This makes perfect sense since Reyes seems to be aiming at the under 40 vote and will be unlikely to have the campaign $$$$ that Bustos and Schilling will have. He is using social media to get his message out with a timely tweet about war. Bustos doesn’t need to use it because the local press will ask her about the hot issues anyway. Bobby is in no man’s land, it seems.
Looking through Bustos’ tweets, it looks like her target audience is age 50+ union workers and post-menopausal abortion advocates. At least she knows and understands her base.
Schilling’s last tweet is incoherent. WTF does “can’t be bothered the people who elected her” mean? And really, how long can he use Pelosi as his boogeyman since she hasn’t had power for years? She may have had some potent power back when Bobby was first elected in ’10, but now—not so much.
You can tell a lot by a politician’s tweets—not all of it good.
Bustos really doesn’t need new media since the 17th was gerrymandered especially for her, all she has to do is announce she is a Dem and she’ll automatically get a certain percent of the votes. The establishment media will do the rest of the work for her by giving her an open forum for her views and holding off on any tough questions.
Bobby Schilling used to know how to use new media back in the day (2010) when I was following his campaign. But something happened in the 2010-2013 interim and as Scoundrel says, Schilling lost his pizazz. He just doesn’t seem to be “all in” this time around. Maybe he fell for the ego-boosting calls for him to run again without really thinking it through. Maybe he’s having a staffing problem after all those rumors surfaced about how he treated his staff after his election.
It beats the heck out of me, but from his most recent tweets he seems to be pandering to the establishment Susie Carpentier wing of the RICO GOP and just whining about Bustos not holding town halls, flying on Air Force Won with the Won rather than voting on Arsenal issues in DC, hanging out with Pelosi at fundraisers, etc. rather than talking substance. All in all, an issues-free campaign so far.
Back in ’10 I would have never imagined a Schilling campaign would ever be so empty and devoid of substance.