Courtesy of the Ashland Times Gazette, written by Kristi Schweitzer on August 10, 2016
A lot went on behind the scenes to make this year’s Republican National Convention a success, and one particular Ashlander took part in leading those efforts.
For political consultant Sean Bartley, it was an opportunity to help make the convention run smoothly from the inside out.
Hired through his employment with Olson Strategies & Advertising based in Denver, Bartley was asked to be a part of the convention program team, working to engage crowds during the July 18 to 21 convention.
From leading the crowds in chants to making sure the audience present and at home stayed engaged, Bartley worked behind the scenes, blending in throughout the four days.
Almost every time I suggest any type of grassroots phone calling, no matter if they are automated, paid live calls, volunteer calls or candidate phone calls, I am met with groans, puzzling looks or outright hostility towards the idea. The “statements of fact” start immediately.
“Everybody hates them.”
“Nobody listens to them.”
“Volunteers hate making these calls.”
“I have better things to do.”
As you may guess, I disagree with the hyperbolic statements above and in a moment I’ll break down these objections one by one. First, I’ll discuss how I use each of these call types in the course of a campaign.
This week, we continue our conversation with Lee Vasche, president of the Signature Gathering Company of Oregon, and delve into the success he has had petitioning to get candidates and big ballot initiative campaigns on the ballot. Lee and I layout exactly what the key components are to effectively gather enough signatures to access the ballot.