In campaigns there’s the game within the game of voter persuasion. As elections officials review signature drives of challenge candidates trying to qualify for a September 16 Democratic primary for mayor, a number of campaign operatives for Joe Ganim have both signed the petition sheets of Mary-Jane Foster and are encouraging electors to vote for her if they cannot vote for his baggage as he seeks a political comeback.
Political operatives for party-endorsed Mayor Bill Finch, trying to offset Ganim’s strategy, have one of their own, telling Foster supporters in her Black Rock neighborhood base that a vote for Foster is a vote for Ganim.
It goes to the heart of a central question of this campaign: if Foster were not in the race where would her majority vote land, Finch or Ganim? Most political operatives believe it would go to Finch.
Both Ganim and Foster are awaiting word from elections officials about officially qualifying for the ballot. They need roughly 1900 certified signatures of voters for approval. School board members Howard Gardner and three-time mayoral candidate Charlie Coviello are also in the race, but they lack the financial firepower and campaign organization required to both make the ballot and, even if they do qualify, wage a spirited battle.
As an example of the Ganim strategy, over the past couple of days relentless campaigner Maria Pereira who’s running on the Ganim slate for school board, has been making that pitch, sharing her strategy on recent OIB comments, following her voter outreach in her Upper East Side neighborhood.
I walked a little over 6 hours straight today. Only one person was considering Finch. I have to continue working on him/her. If I cannot convince them to vote for Joe, I will move to Plan B which is to convert them to MJF or Howard Gardner.
And, in another comment:
I have been on doors since 11:00 am. Only two people have said they are not willing to vote for Joe, however neither will vote for Finch. I convinced them to vote for Howard Gardner or MJF.
Foster supporters publicly scoff at the notion of Ganim’s strategy arguing her best path to victory is grouping the two “boys” as one to draw the sharpest contrast. Where would Finch and Ganim votes go if they were not in the race? they wonder.
Three campaigns, three strategies, which one comes away a winner September 16?