Tasini's problem and opportunity
UPDATE: Letter to the Rochester City Paper: Tasini's a better option for the Senate
A potential Democratic primary to replace Hillary Clinton still looks wide open, with 40% of voters saying in today’s Quinnipiac poll they have no idea who to back among Kirsten Gillibrand, Jonathan Tasini and Harold Ford.
Gillibrand is maintaining a big lead on Ford and the liberal Tasini, topping them 36% to 18% to 4% for Tasini.
But it’s hard to get around the fact that don’t-know wins the horse race, partly because some voters appear to have gravitated away from both Ford and Gillibrand as they’ve started taking whacks at each other, and partly because people are not familiar with them.
Obviously New York Democrats are feeling very disappointed with their choices. They have heard so much that Tasini can't win that they won't allow themselves to consider the possibility of voting for him.
I don't live in New York, so can't comment beyond the obvious. He has a YouTube channel. If you live in NY you could send links to individual videos to NY TV stations. The rural ones might just run some of them. Even if none of the videos got on TV news, reporters would know that Tasini has active supporters, Looking at the Tasini web site I don't see and Tasini t-shirts for sale. That surprises me because t-shirts would raise some money and give him some much needed visibility at the same time. I know that wearing a candidate's t-shirt will often start a conversation about the candidate and give you a chance to explain why you are supporting them. Even if no one asks people will know that that candidate has some support.