So for the past few months, along with dozens of other volunteers, I’ve been working my ass off to get Rebecca Kaplan elected to the Oakland City Council. I’ve done this mostly because I think Rebecca’s an incredible candidate and will be a huge asset to our city.
But I’ve also worked so hard because I’ve been scared. Everyone around me was freaking out that Kerry Hamill was going to run some huge, well coordinated campaign, and the only way we were going to beat that was by a huge grassroots mobilization. We all had heard about Perata raising tons of money through PACs for Kerry’s campaign, and we assumed this would manifest itself in slick mailers, robocalls, or some other campaign outreach.
Right now though, I’m left wondering, where is Kerry Hamill? Where are those PACs, and where is her campaign? I’m not asking this to poke fun at her or her supporters. I’m 100% serious. Nobody I know has received a mailer, phone call, or door knock from her. I don’t hear about her much in the news or the blogosphere. I don’t see her volunteers at farmers markets or other events.
The only evidence I have of the existence of her campaign are the PAC funded signs that are still up all over Oakland, and her campaign office, where apparently phoning happens. Also, last night a friend of mine saw a campaign ad of hers on TV, which ended with the slogan, “Kerry Hamill: For the Change We Need,” which seems a bit strange.
So I wanted to ask my readers, have you seen Kerry or her campaign? Does it really exist?
And don’t worry, whatever the answer is, I’m still going to keep volunteering for Rebecca. I’ll be phoning for her tonight and most of next week because no matter how good I feel about this campaign right now, I’m a worrier by nature and don’t like leaving anything to chance. If you’re a worrier too, join me at Rebecca’s headquarters at 1915 Broadway in downtown Oakland, any night from 5-8:30pm.