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Breakin' the Cartel

Windsor Gardens is a nice retirement condo community out on the east end of the District. The buildings there are closed, you can't go door-to-door, you can't leave literature, and you have to get permission from the office to put up notices on the bulletin boards.

The Democrats are very organized, with reps in every building. The Republicans haven't had an event in years.

So naturally, after Burt Walker spent weeks getting the event put together, and volunteers spent a number of evenings calling as many Republicans as they could, after the Republican Club was r-established, and volunteers put flyers in every building, I got a call the day before the event.

Blocked Caller ID
Me: Hello?
She: Who is this?
Me: Who is this?
Brief, petulant pause
She: I'm (name withheld), and I'm a Democrat over at Windsor Gardens. I'm trying to reach the Joshua Sharf campaign.
Me: Well, I'm Joshua Sharf
She: Nothing like going to the top.
Me (mildly sincerely): Well, I hope we haven't done anything to upset you.
She: (A long explanation of how she found flyers(!) on the bulletin board(!), and how we must have broken the rules to get them there.
Me: No, we've been very careful about following the rules. Why don't I give you Burt's phone number?
She: Thank you. Now, could I come to this event?
Me: ...
She (defensively): I wouldn't be disruptive or anything.

I leave it to the reader to understand why she would assume that I might believe that a Democrat might disrupt a Republican event.

Me: Certainly, it's open to everyone.
She: Oh, ok.

Basically, the woman called up to try to intimidate me, and to put me on notice that the Democrats wouldn't suffer dissent lightly. Oh I know that. Can't tell you how many people won't put up yard signs, citing relations with their neighbors. Don't think the Democrats have such concerns.

Look, these guys are the A team, the majors. They've had Windsor Gardens to themselves for so long they probably think that the Democrat party holds all the mortgages. A simple event, drawing about 50 people to Centerpoint, paralleling a similar event the night before, was enough to draw their ire and their fire.

Just more evidence that Hugh Hewitt was right.


I used to play golf there a lot when I lived in Aurora, they have a little par 3 designed by Jack Nickolaus...but that has NOTHING whatsoever to do with your battle there.
Good job way to stay on top of it and not be intimidated by little old ladies who run the cartel!

Fear Not. We have our own set of Little Old Ladies who are a match for anyone.

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