This article in the Aberdeen American News gave me a chuckle. And it’s a must see, since it mentions the SDWC.
The American News contacted Schultz about the status of her campaign. In a phone interview Wednesday afternoon, Schultz’ campaign strategist Bajun Mavalwalla said Schultz has been assembling a team and they’re finalizing their strategy to find the best and most efficient way to get her message out across the state.
“As far as my candidate, she’s not missing, and she’s not pulling out,” Mavalwalla said. “Right now, what Angelia recognizes is what we have in South Dakota is a core group of voters who need to know what she’s all about. That’s why we are making sure when we put everything out that the message is synchronized and right on time.”
Go read it all right here, now.
(I could print the whole darn article, because it’s excellent stuff, but that would run contrary to fair use.)
So, apparently Angelia isn’t abandoning the race, and is running a type of ‘ninja’ or ‘commando’ campaign, where she’s been utterly and completely silent.
And by not doing anything, or having any campaign materials, or making many appearances, it’s a new type of campaign strategy, as opposed to meeting the voters who would be electing her.
If you don’t recognize the name of her campaign strategist, Bajun Mavalwalla, you should. This marks his second South Dakota campaign. He originally came to politics in California, acting as Campaign Manager at Barbara Mulvaney for Congress, a candidate who ended up receiving 2.3% of the vote. From there, he switched sides, and came to South Dakota acting as Corinna Robinson’s first of many campaign managers (Corinna replaced Bajun with Tom Katus).
And after a month with Corinna, he’s now landed at the Angelia Schultz for SOS campaign, utilizing the “stratergy” of keeping her under wraps, and hiding.
Bajun is a nice enough person, but you have to wonder – what on earth is going on? And who is paying him?
Given her history of twitter gaffes, it may actually be a good strategy for Angelia to go underground and be quiet. Although, like rare sightings of Salman Rushdie after the fatwa was issued against him, she self-reported that she did emerge from cover of darkness long enough to attend the Brookings County Democrat picnic before she went back into the
witness candidate protection program.
Seriously, this looks like a lot of silly spinning from the Democrats to save face after the report I had from a fairly reliable source that she was telling friends that she was done campaigning. If you didn’t notice, in the article, her campaign manager was quoted. Nothing from Angelia Schultz herself.
As people started to notice they didn’t have a candidate anymore, I’m guessing that Democrats were forced to act.
The fact that a statewide candidate has no campaign materials as we approach the 60 days until election mark is amazing, even for Democrats. The fact that a candidate is invisible and unavailable to the media, and only rarely appears in public, even more so.