LeeandBrew…sounds like a German beer…
The big surprise in the Mayoral election was that almost ALL of the large undecided vote went to Leffingwell. Brewster and Carole hardly budged from their pre-election poll numbers.
I thought Carole was showing some late momentun, and I felt sure she was really working the Stop Domain! mailing list. The other big surprise of this election was how little gain she got from that valuable campaign tool. Either she was unable to reach those specific voters, or they were not motivated enough to return to the polls in large numbers, as they had in November. Carole only needed a few thousand of them to turn out to support her on that subsidy issue, and she would have passed Brewster…who was/is a big supporter of the Domain subsidies…and would be in the runoff this morning.
Too bad…then we would have a race on our hands: outsider vs. insider. We would have a hot discussion of substantive issues, with the candidates highlighting real differences. This would have been good for Austin and good for Democracy.
With LeeandBrew, we have two sides of the same coin. Boring…very boring.
In fact, it would not be at all surprising if Brewster announced that he was dropping out of the race. It is going to be very difficult for him to raise money, especially because most of Carole’s voters will either not vote, or will vote for Lee.
It’s hard to campaign when you don’t have a chance to win. The month-long runoff campaign will feel like six months. Unless Brewster just loves campaigning and the camera (publicity) so much, he would be well-advised to follow Ronney Reynold’s precedent in 1997, when he dropped out of a runoff with Kirk Watson. I came in third in that race, and it was clear to everyone that my voters were going to go 90% for Watson.
I just don’t see much upside for Brewster if he continues the campaign only to suffer a resounding defeat. Maybe if he bows out, Lee will drop that criminal complaint he filed about Brewster’s (alleged) campaign fund-raising violation.
For Brewster to be competitive at all in the runoff, he would have to completely re-invent himself, which would only appear calculated and cynical to the voters.
Carole had the support of the Stop Domain! folks, and that was her only real hope of winning. But now they are 0-for-2, having suffered a narrow loss in November, and their horse in this race came in a distant third. I wonder what their next move might be?
I hope they don’t give up and go away, but Leffingwell sure does. The slow economy is turning out to be hard on the high-end retailers like those at the Domain, and it will become more and more obvious that Leffingwell was willing to risk taxpayer dollars…he must be held accountable for his folly and fiscal irresponsibility. The media sure isn’t going to do it…they support such special interest subsidies…so it is up to the citizens like Brian Rodgers and Linda Curtis to do it.
Carole was the underdog, and I like underdogs ( having been one most of political career ), especially when you can see a plausibe possibility for their success…a strategy that could really work. The elements for her success were there, but she was unable to assemble them in a winning strategy.
Her long career in politics is probably over, unless she tries to bring it full circle and run for school board. But she got only 12,435 votes, a pretty weak showing for someone with such high name ID coming into the race…and she spent a lot of money.
So Lee is going to waltz in, no doubt to continue his big-spending ways and his ignorance of substantive environmental issues…
Come on, Mayor!! Wake up and DO something!!