Paul Newell’s e-campaign gains steam
by Sebastian Benthall
Though rough around the edges, Paul Newell‘s campaign has started to take advantage of the internet’s finest social media institutions–or perhaps vice versa.
In the blogosphere, TOPP’s high-powered streets renaissance blog, StreetsBlog, has posted about Paul Newell after several anticipatory posts calling for challengers to Silver.
Meanwhile, while the first unofficial YouTube video announcing Newell’s candidacy was unflatteringly shot in a sports bar, his campaign has started to make a more careful contribution. The lighting on “Paul Newell For State Assembly” betrays the campaign’s inexperience and penury, but “Three Men in a Room” shows more promise.
Finally, in a story too illustrative of the ubiquity of social media to let fall through the cracks, The New York Observer quaintly reports:
Minutes after [Mayor Bloomberg’s political aide] Kevin Sheekey went on NY1 and blasted Sheldon Silver for not having the “courage” to vote on the mayor’s congestion pricing plan, Sheekey officially made a new Facebook friend: Paul Newell, one of two Democrats seeking to oust Sheldon Silver in the September primary.
I remember when Facebook was just a way to figure out whether anyone hot was planning to take your seminar. Now its a subtle indicator of political support. I’m glad the Observer is watching.
Thanks for the post.
Yes, we are working on reaching out to the netroots community. But as you point out, we are a grassroots campaign.
Still, we are gaining traction. This weekend we won the first ever BlogPAC “Blue to Bluer” endorsement. See Here: http://openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=5384
Founded by NyDD alums Chris Bower and Matt Stoller, BlogPAC is highlighting progressive challengers to status quo Democrats. If Sheldon Silver is not a status quo Democrat, I don’t know who is.
In any event, digifesto readers who are inspired to help out our online (or offline) presence is heartily encouraged to contact us at http://www.NewellNYC.org.
Democrat for Assembly
Thanks for commenting, Paul!
Glad to know you’re getting some more recognition. Your courage alone deserves it.
I’m flattered that you speak of Digifesto “readers”–there may be about ten of them in the world right now. But this one just contributed to your campaign.
Best of luck. I’ll be following your progress.
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