Friday, May 05, 2006

New Links added!

In our very small fishbowl of Delaware political blogs, the feud between DCBA member DelaThought and Dana Garrett's DelawareWatch has spiralled into a fun little mess to watch - though it likely isn't as fun to participate.

My take on it is this - DelaThought said he would post a letter (which turned out to be an email), that he can't locate. He apologized for this.

Dana claimed he is a liar (many times, in fact) and says that the correspondence never existed. He also says he does not support Mike Protack in a primary, or an election.

If Garrett doesn't support Protack - a claim he has made with great vehemence - he is doing a fantastic job of hiding that fact. He has made no less than eight posts about him in the past two weeks - by contrast, the News Journal has mention him twice, the Delaware State News twice, and Protack has updated his own website once in that same time period. So as it stands, Garrett is the only guy keeping the Protack name alive.

If DelaThought didn't have the email he claimed to possess, he shouldn't have said so. Given that he did, his apology was sufficient. His claim is still substantive for the following reasons:
Given that Garrett has two unsubstantiated claims (DelaThought's and Protack's) to determine a position, and he chose the one who has lied publicly before, I'd say he either has an axe to grind (probably true), or he's a little nuts (again, probably true).

Preceding this whole hub-bub, Garrett decided that the DCBA was Shilling for the Delaware Republican Party, and now lists them as Delaware 2006 (Disguised DE Republican Site). While I enjoy reading Dana's site on occasion - if only for a chuckle - I felt it necessary to provide a similar description in my links.

Ciao!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

WEBSITE REVIEW: mikeprotack.com

In case it hasn't been made clear, I'm not a fan.

During the 2004 Gubernatorial primary, Mike Protack was lampooned, by me and others for spelling and grammatical errors on both his website and in his press releases. When he lost that race convincingly, one would assume he would use a different playbook in 2006. One would be mistaken.

On http://www.mikeprotack.com (where he no longer adds the year he's running for office to the URL - a dismal sign for 2008), you can find such powerful statements as:

Lobbying
Reform

We Need Lobbying Reform - Now. It should be illegal for a Senator to vote
on issues if he is the recipient of PAC dollars from any combined PAC industry
group above $50,000.


On any issues? That would only leave the dizzying ineffectual Senators to vote on anything. It's also the emptiest threat in the world, considering that PACs can contribute up to $10,000 to a candidate.

Violence in Wilmington
The Destiny of Deleware and the Future of Wilmington

Still haven't mastered Spell-Check, have we?

Protack's "Press Releases", which (apart from his semi-permanent guest spot on DelawareWatch's blogroll) is his only contact with the voters, has these listed as his most recent releases:


4/28/06
Poll Shows Protack Has Strong Support Among Republican Voters

4/06/06
Protack Show Unusual Strength in Poll

3/05/06
Ting's Antiwar Activities Make Him Unfit For Senate

2/02/06
The Future of Delaware

1/07/06
America's Energy Needs

So, basically, he has one thought a month, and since early February those thoughts have been about either his opponent or himself. Look closely at the links, by the way. "The Future of Delaware" (congrats on the spelling!) was a link to a salary.com job satisfaction poll in which Delaware did poorly. There was no proposal of action, just the indication that Delaware ain't so good.

The mikeprotack.com website also has a blog - but it hasn't been substantively posted on since early March. So, basically, Protack has eschewed his own blog to write for Dana Garrett.

There is some good news. As of this posting, the listing for upcoming events is empty. Maybe our long nightmare is soon to be over.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Proud to be from Sussex today...

...after reading the weekend vote totals from the GOP convention. The Sussex County delegation voted 79 to zero for Jan Ting, law professor and expert on the subject of immigration and national security - and against Mike Protack, airline pilot and admitted transgressor of campaign finance laws. In all, Ting captured 268 votes to Protack's 53, which leaves me to wonder how 53 of Protack's blood relatives were selected as delegates.

As Protack continues his death march toward irrelevance by vowing to continue to a primary in September I'd like to issue this challenge to him. I can only hope it will be crossposted at Dana Garrett's Delaware Watch, where Protack appears to receive his most fervent support.

Mr. Protack - do you solemnly swear to forgo any further runs for public office should this Senate run fail? If you truly wish to strengthen the Republican Party, you should consider the idea of not dividing it and bleeding it of valuable resources.