Great Moments in Hapless Political Campaigns

I’ve just gotten robo-calls — on two of the three lines that come into my house — from Rodney Glassman, the Democrat who’s currently trailing John McCain by 34 percentage points in the Arizona senatorial election:


The campaign of Rodney Glassman, the Democrat trying to unseat Senator John McCain in this year’s election, is in rough shape, according to a new poll released today.

Glassman’s campaign has taken some hits since the last poll was conducted — most notably, the news that he plagiarized parts of his Ph.D. dissertation — and it shows in the new numbers.

According to the latest Rockey Mountain Poll, Glassman now trails McCain in the race by 34 percentage points.

McCain leads with 56 percent of the vote to Glassman’s 22 percent. Libertarian David Nolan came in with 2 percent and Green Party candidate Jerry Joslyn had 1 percent. Nineteen percent remain undecided.

If you trust polling numbers, this means Glassman’s lost 14 percentage points since a Rassmussen poll was conducted last month — prior to the news that he plagiarized his dissertation.


You know what else isn’t smart? Wasting campaign money by calling the 408 area code in Northern California, rather than the 480 area code in Arizona. I wonder how many other people in the San Jose area have gotten robo-called today to attend Glassman’s personal appearance tomorrow 748 miles away, out of state, in Sedona?

Update (10/13/10): Welcome American Spectator, Exurban League, Sundries Shack, and Tuscon Weekly readers. Given the surprising interest in this minor kerfuffle, I thought I’d upload the audio from the robo-call, since it’s still on my voicemail. Click here to listen to this brief MP3 recording.


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