Category Archives: Sock Puppeteering

Doubting Robert

37th District candidate Rob Robinson was on WGMD yesterday afternoon and I took the time to tune in a check it out. Bill Colley came right out of the gate with questions about the candidate's relationship to "Working Families For Delaware's Future." a group that was canvassing the 37th with "hit" literature about Robinson's opponent, Ruth Briggs King. Robinson indicated he had a "disclaimer" on his website, asking the group to basically lay off. It wasn't the first time questions were asked about the candidate's relationship to the group, there had been a flyer circulated, and stories floating around. He said his campaign tried to contact the group but they were unsuccessful. A "listener" sent in an e-mail. It took the listener "30 seconds" to find the group's contact number with an Internet search, it was the third listing. The listing is for the canvassing job on craigslist, Read more


Yes, "astroturf" has finally been located at a town hall meeting about health care. I'm going to give you the Cliff's Notes version, and urge you to read the original blog post by Matt Bramandi at with a big ole HAT TIP to him for knowing when to use Google. Here's apparently how it went down: At the Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee health care town hall meeting where this happened: During a question from Tracy Miller, self-identified as both a constituent and a cancer survivor, Rep. Jackson Lee picked up her cell phone from the podium and took a call. The entire room was abuzz, with both those for and against recognizing the rudeness of such behavior. It didn’t faze Rep. Jackson Lee at all, she continued talking and finished her conversation. (*cough cough* Reps. Pelosi and Hoyer? is that an "un-American" etiquette faux pas, too?) Rep. Lee takes a question, Read more

UPDATE 2 (due to Jud’s email): He’s (or She’s or It’s) Baaaaaaaaaaaack!

UPDATE 2: See comment #9, Jud clarified here and his email network. Thanks Jud! UPDATE: The Smitter (as Randy Nelson tagged me) is possibly being set up over this. Some of you are recipients of Jud Bennett's Coastal Network e-mail-blast distribution. Yesterday, I received one that said the cowardly and pathetic attacks by the sock-puppet postcard writer was my penmanship. If any of you recall how this all went down in 2007, you will easily remember where I was in this battle. Things to note about Jud's email: -1) The subject header has “FW” in it, indicating someone sent it to Jud, rather than Jud doing a copy/paste himself. -2) Parts of my post are missing, including the entire closing paragraph (which was replaced by “RSMITTY” making it appear as a signature), making it slightly altered. -3) Regardless, if anyone reads just the first paragraph of this post, you should Read more