Eliot Spitzer’s Bully Blog

This blog was originally brought to my attention by a Tom Suozzi adviser who thought that this particular post was just piling on.

And it was, considering the divergent fortunes of Suozzi and Eliot Spitzer at the Democratic convention.

(Suozzi, incidentally, will have a chance to air his complaints in person at about 3:00 this afternoon when he plans to confront Spitzer at a campaign stop in Mineola.)

But I couldn’t help noticing the thing was very well done, and that it very much seemed to be the work of a group of individuals who had the time and money to spend all day writing on behalf of the Spitzer campaign.

A disclaimer on the website says that it is not an “official” Spitzer campaign blog.

At least one of the guys who posts items there is the founder of “Technologists for New York,” who define themselves on their website as a political action committee whose main goal is “to raise as much money as possible for the campaign to elect Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as our next Governor and the New York State Democratic Party as they head into the 2006 elections.”

But I followed the contact information on the Spitzer blog and eventually got to Matt Watson, a pleasant-sounding guy who has worked as a Democratic legislative and as an organizer for the state Public Employees Federation, and who said that he was organizing the blog with limited logistical help from the campaign – notification of campaign events – but no monetary compensation.

“This is out of our own pocket,” he said. “It’s not that expensive, or we’d probably be done with it by now.”
His motivation, he said, was simply that he “really liked Eliot.”

So does this mean that the high-quality, high-volume blogs that have become standard for aspiring presidential candidates are now a requisite accompaniment to any big-time state campaign? And does anyone know of any other good ones in New York worth mentioning?

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