Friday, April 07, 2006

Contributions-Treasurer would help-website update

Adam Graham writes:

David, might be nice to let people know where they can send contributions.

Adam has a very good point, of course. As of this morning, I don't yet have a campaign bank account, but I do intend to get one-I need to seek the advice of a few political veterans today as to where the best place is to put your money that you might so graciously agree to contribute.

Nicole says she feels uncomfortable publishing our home address on the internet, since that is (as of this moment) the only place to mail contributions to. I share her concern because as we are all too sadly aware, there are people out there who might wish us ill, especially if this campaign actually takes off. More than that, though, I am afraid there are some lunatics who frequent the internet along with the teaming millions of decent human beings.

As soon as a campaign account is set up, you'll know about it. In the mean time, later today we'll set up a PayPal account where those who can do so will be able to donate and the money will be held in escrow until our campaign fund is formally set up.

All this talk about money reminds me that in this campaign, at this moment, I am the candidate, chairman, and treasurer. It would really help if we had someone come forward who could volunteer to serve as Campaign Treasurer. If you can do this, especially if you live in the 2nd Commission district, please send me an e-mail.

Nicole and I should have the campaign website set up in the next day or two-we are creating it by hand. As I write this, I am looking at some of the files that will be on the new site. AS soon as it is finished, the link will be posted here-feel free to pass it around!


At Saturday, April 08, 2006 2:08:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mr. Oatney,
Get yourself a Post Office Box and use that. Your lack of initiative and resourcefulness on such a trivial issue leads me to question your suitability for the Knox County Commission.


At Saturday, April 08, 2006 2:27:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mr. Oatney,
Let me quickly add a couple of additional notes: 1.)Please let Nicole know that your address (600 E. XXXXXX XX.) and tele# (XXX-XXX-3975)are easily available online - so don't worry, if bad people wanted to find you they could. This is something I'm not too happy about but ... it's a modern world thing I quess. Lots of people don't realize that if you're in the phone book your "online" So to speak.
2.) The PO Box address is still a good idea though, because it make it easier to keep campaign records and corespondence seperate from personal/family stuff.
3.) Also be absolutely sure to create a completely seperate bank account for campaign contributions and expenditures. This makes the bookkeeping tons easier and reporting a snap.


At Saturday, April 08, 2006 5:18:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Comment One> I think you are just a Democrat looking for a reason to pick on this one. I think if you reversed the roles and I were a Democrat, you'd hardly question my suitability. Sorry, the concerns of my family come first. If you have a family and try and run for office on the fly, and quite unplanned, I think you'll understand that.

Comment two> The point is taken, this is why I posted my address Saturday.

Comment three> Do you really think I am that stupid? This says a lot about how Democrats view their opposition-things I see on the net like "clueless, stupid," etc. Man, this might be the first campaign I have worked on where I am the candidate, but I HAVE been around the block.

At Saturday, April 08, 2006 5:21:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

My point is, you are going to have to rely on the FACT that I am an educated and very aware human being, as I think the same of you, whether I agree with your politics or not.

At Saturday, April 08, 2006 7:05:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Let me clarify something: My campaign is not the first campaign I have ever worked on-in that respect, I am NOT new at this.

It is by far and away the ONLY campaign I have ever worked on where one person was the candidate, chairman, press secretary, treasurer (though I may actually have one soon), and clerk.

My wife is a total political novice-this is her first campaign of any kind-ever. Her assistance even in the early hours has been invaluable to me. The fact of the matter is that I would not be able to campaign without her-she drives me everywhere I need to go to campaign.

She also does not know what to expect, she has concerns and worries, and it is my first priority to do whatever I can to allay those fears and concerns-when you lose your biggest supporter, you will lose the race.

I am sorry if my earlier comments seemed vitriolic-this was not my intent. I was merely trying to point out that I am, in fact, quite sane and competent. As to whether I would be a good County Commissioner-well, I think so, and I have learned that a few others do, too. If I get elected, feel free to tell me how you think I'm doing.

At Saturday, April 08, 2006 7:28:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mr. Oatney,
A simple "ya, I know, we're just getting started", "Thanks, but were handling it" or whatever, would have been OK. I had no idea what your level of experience was. These County Commission races have brought out a lot of first-timers. And, yes, unfortuneatly, you sounded like one.
As for the vitriol - I take in stride. It is very a comman trait in conservatives that I have come to expect. So strong on defense, so supportive of the troops, so fiscally responsible, so ... whatever and yet so thin-skinned, touchy-touchy that insults are seen where there are none. Be careful on the campaign trail so that you don't go off on someone that doesn't agree with you. It'll cost you votes. A real beginners mistake.

At Saturday, April 08, 2006 7:48:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Perhaps you and I should get to know one another. It may surprise you to know that I have MANY liberal friends. I might not vote for them, but I'll gladly sit down to a meal with them.

As for my "thin-skin"-if I have anything, it is thick skin. If you got to know me, you'd probably figure out really quick why I had to grow some.

YOUR mistake was entry one. That was a bit out of line-you could have simply said "now Oatney, you have forgotten that anyone can find your contact info on the net, you might want to reconsider that decision." That's cool, man-I can take that.

You seem like a decent fella Mule-just remember, a lot of these other write-ins are in it for the novelty. I am not. I am in the race because I want to win it. Can that happen? Will the courts or the parties let it happen? I don't know-but I am going to do my part to win the GOP nomination-and then take on Mr. Harmon.

At Saturday, April 08, 2006 10:10:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mr. Oatney,
If you win the Republican primary it really doesn't matter what the party thinks or wants. The party will hold a nomination convention if and only if the term limited incumbent wins the primary - which might happen due to name recognition (or whatever). So win your primary! Whatever happens the term limited incumbent will not be on the ballot in August.

At Saturday, April 08, 2006 10:40:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mr. Oatney,
First, let me apologize for misspelling your name so often. It was inexcusable carelessness on my part, no malice, no nothing other than not checking.
Second, if you were a democrat I'd be much, much more critical. I tend to be upfront, perhaps too much.
Finally, You really should change the photo if you're going to use this as your campaign website, though. You look like ... well, a blogger and not a serious candidate. Get a nice headshot like what Rep. Campfield used on his comment. That'll work good.



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