How Not to Keep a Secret

(Now that’s what we call “stealth” – promoted by Colorado Pols)

POLS UPDATE: Rep. John Salazar’s campaign just sent this “secret” email to their press list, with this message from spokesperson Tara Trujillo, titled “SSSSHHHH…..”

Never start off an email with those letters or someone is bound to forward it on…  

Scott must be desperately in need of back up for his Pueblo debate with John Salazar on Thursday if he is offering supporters  a charter bus, free food and don’t forget… the free Tipton T-shirt!

What’s wrong Scott?  Not a lot of supporters in “Salazar country,” oh, or did you mean to say Pueblo?

From my blog.  Rather than link it (I hate blog-whoring), I’ll just post it in its entirety.

This email was forwarded to me this morning.  Hat tip to a reader.

Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:59:45 -0600

Subject: Scott Tipton needs your help!

From: jenbaileyfortipton@gmail.com

HI…

We are looking for to fill a charter bus from Grand Junction to Pueblo this Thursday to rally in front of the Pueblo Community College where Scott Tipton and John Salazar will have their second and final debate.

We are hoping you guys can come along!

The bus will leave early (at 10a) and make 1 stop, in Montrose, at a location convenient to the driver and the people boarding. There is NO cost to the people and the campaign will provide meals and snacks each way. The debate itself will be first come first seated so we can not guarantee that people will get in to the debate itself. However, this is very important to have folks there to rally and show support for Scott.  This is unfortunately Salazar country so to speak and we want to have as large and excited a presence as possible!  So… we will want those coming via bus to be waving signs out on the road as people enter the school and show their enthusiasm for Scott! Please call or email me or refer any one you know who may be interested to my email or phone number and have them get back to me asap!  We will also be giving Tipton T-shirts to each person that participates!

Please: We would like to keep this from getting spread like crazy over email and for Salazar peoples to find out so please avoid a mass email blast. Thank you! (emphasis mine)

I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the email, but we’ll make sure it doesn’t get published all over the internet, OK?  

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  1. BillM says:

    You can link and post here in its entirety. If anyone has earned the right…

  2. EmeraldKnight76 says:

    Strictly between me and my yahoo address book. But I can vouch for all of their discretion in keeping it quiet.

    This is hilarious. If it came from anyone other than Ralphie it would be unbelievable.

  3. sxp151 says:

    Like when Freddie Mercury got Bohemian Rhapsody on the radio, by giving it to a DJ and making him SWEAR not to let anyone else hear it.

  4. bjwilson83 says:

    reminds me of a certain (failed) rally on the national mall recently. Oh, and who was it paying for all the buses? Ariana Huffington herself. I guess D.C. is now Republican territory.

  5. Interlocken Loop says:

    The debate starts at seven pm and they are leaving GJ at ten am.  Sounds like a colossal waste of time and energy.  Tipton looked like a winner just two weeks ago and now this race seems to be getting tighter by the day.  

  6. divad says:

    …and all they get is a bag of nuts, a box lunch and a cheap t-shirt?  

    You’d think they’d at least spring for $10 in tokens and a stop in Cripple Creek so the saps could play the penny slots.

  7. GOPwarrior says:

    On November 3rd when Rep.-elect Tipton explains how you can kiss his ass.

  8. Independent Voice says:

    This e-mail is from a Tiptonite named Jennifer Bailey who has a job promised to her by Scott so she’s been doing this kind of insane hero worship weird stuff for a year.  She and hubby hosted a SEND SALAZAR PACKING! RV tour that had about 3 participants.  The poor girl is desparately in need of some kind of therapy.  And these are the people Tipton surrounds himself with. He also has people like Janet Rowland, Don Coram, and Bud Garner in his corner. No integrity, no character, and more ambition than brains. Very, very scary.

  9. pueblogrouch says:

    the number of Republicans in Pueblo County is so pathetic that we always get bussed in Rs. The most egregious example was the Allard/Strickland debate however many years ago. Three buses filled with angry, aggressive people who “rallied” on the sidewalks around the Arts Center, tearing down Strickland signs, blocking access both to individuals and cars. There was at least one fist fight. All the debates this year have been civilized affairs in comparison. And yes, there have been bussed or carpooled Rs at them. Some from as far as Fort Collins.

    I was amused when I read this post yesterday. Today I opened my inbox and lo and behold there was this very same post forwarded to me by my dentist of all people. So being the descrete person that I am, I shared it with only 109 of my very closest friends.

  10. AristotleAristotle says:

    We all know you hate blog whoring. But how do you feel about whore blogging?

    • Ralphie says:

      twice, all the way through, I couldn’t figure out what the author was talking about.  So I guess I don’t feel much.  Whatever the rant was about didn’t press any of my buttons.

      This was the only coherent line in the post, and it’s true in spades:

      No one forces you to do what you do.

  11. Laughing Boy says:

    It could be providing food and transport for votes.

    In 1998, then-Attorney General Mark Barnett and then-U.S. Attorney Karen Schreier issued a written warning to political parties about offering “a meal, money, gifts or whatever” in exchange for voting. Barnett followed that with another letter five months later that said under state law, “any giveaways or incentives offered as an encouragement for people to vote are prohibited. The statute is very broad and should be so construed.”

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