August 1, 2010: This morning, I awoke to the following e-mail:
“Anna Little is now following your tweets on Twitter. A little information about Anna Little: 2380 following. 2306 followers.”
Now, while that doesn’t seem to me like a really great number of Twitter “followers” for someone running for Congress. However, I really shouldn’t talk. I have a mere 277 followers, and I follow 522 people. I don’t know what it says about you if you are following twice as many people as are following you––I do feel kind of like a very unpopular high school geek. But, I digress.
Waaaaaay back at the beginning of the summer in June, on New Jersey Primary Day, Anna Little was outspent, out–gunned and out-media-ed by her billionaire primary opponent, Diane Gooch for the right to run against Frank Pallone for Congress in NJ-6. Gooch spent $200,574 on her campaign, more than ten times as much as Little spent, after raising $432,902. Little won the nomination on a literal shoestring budget of $19,503. So it goes.
Little, under her Twitter feed, lists the following bio:
“I am a Constitutional Conservative running for Congress to beat Frank Pallone in #NJ6 and resist the progressive agenda. It’s time to take our Country back!”
Notice that she capitalizes the words ‘constitutional’ and ‘conservative’, and “country”–––like she owns them. Like they are hers. Like she has had them trademarked and no one else can use them. I’m surprised she doesn’t have a little “TM” in a circle next to each word.
However, she fails to capitalize The Words “progressive” or “agenda”. Oh, she does properly capitalize the words “Frank” and “Pallone”.
Before the primary way back in June, I asked AFP president Steve Lonegan for a prediction––and he correctly predicted that Little would beat Gooch. So, I offered him the following bet––which he took: if Little wins, then I write a check to AFP for $100. However, if Frank Pallone wins, then Steve writes a check for $100 to the ACLU-NJ.
And so, now I will begin to follow Anna Little on Twitter because they tell me that it’s only courteous that if someone follows you, you should follow them right back.
My prediction: the ACLU of New Jersey will be $100 richer in November.