Last week a citizen got a survey call from a Michigan number that rings back to Mountain West Research Center www.mwrcenter.com
At the end of the survey, the survey caller identified herself as calling from Survey Sampling International http://www.surveysampling.com
The survey began with questions about the local upcoming election- and began with reasons you might choose not to vote for Nan Whaley. The citizen played along and answered as he was asked about the fact that Nan has never had a real job and some other questions. Then as she started to ask about reasons not to vote for Gary Leitzell, he said “hold on” grabbed his tablet and started recording.
After giving reasons not to vote for Gary and asking the citizen to rate them, the survey went on to why not to vote for A.J. Wagner, then ended with reasons to vote for Nan. It’s a pretty good guess that Nan and her crack political brain trust came up with this plan, after all, most of them were also behind Rhine McLin’s last campaign for mayor.
Because the citizen doesn’t want to be identified, he cut his answers out of the recording- and then supplied it to me. I’ve attempted to transcribe it as best I can. It didn’t help that the survey taker can barely read at a 10th grade level, her stumbling over “canon fodder” is almost funny.
Obviously, this was done soon after I posted about “How much is a Dayton City Commissioner overpaid” as Gary’s response is worked into the question. I’m pretty sure Gary had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he said: “If the people want to pay me $90,000 so my wife can quit work and be a stay at home mom and full time educator I could handle it! Even if I had to print all those proclamations and type out the marriage certificates myself!” (please see the rest of the comment where he compares his budget to our last “full-time mayor”)
This type of suggestive polling is called “push polling”- where the intent isn’t as much to do a real survey but to plant disinformation in the voter’s mind.
But, I’ll let you judge for yourself, here is the transcript as best as I can make it- and the mp3 file is below.
Ok Leitzell once said quote, “I am not racist, I am prejudiced”.
So Leitzell used the ethnic slur to refer to Asians and said black history was not real history and he also compared people living in government-subsidized housing to animals and said it was amazing that an African American would be able to set up a successful business in Dayton without government help.
Very convincing, somewhat convincing, not too convincing, or not at all convincining.
Leitzell should be fighting to create new Dayton jobs but a committee Leitzell formed to help create new Dayton jobs dissolved after just one year because Leitzell skipped so many meetings.
We need a mayor working full time to move Dayton forward but Leitzell took an entire month off to renovate his home and even wrote about a project on his personal blog.
Leitzell Recently commented on a blog that he wants to raise his pay as mayor to $90,000 a year.
Leitzell is not fighting to improve Dayton’s Public Schools and says Leitzell has attacked some students calling them quote “too stupid for the military” unquote and saying they were even, not even good enough to be quote cannon “fooder” (sic) fodder, or something, for the um, army.
And Leitzell said he would never send his own daughter to Dayton Public School because she would get bored.
Crime is a serious problem that Leitzell actually said not all murders should be treated equally and Leitzell said the only reason Dayton families are concerned with crime is because the media quote “hypes homicides.
And um we’re just about done thank you now
I’m going to read you some reasons people have given us to vote against A.J. Wagner for mayor. After each thing tell me whether you think it is very convincing, somewhat convincing, not, not too convincing or not at all convincing.
Um, Do you, as a reason to vote against A.J. Wagner. If you are not sure about a particular item just say something on the box.
The state bar association gave Wagner the worst rating of a judge rating, rated in Ohio in, um, 2006.
Wagner’s court was responsible for losing an evidence envelope containing 400 dollars collected during a drug raid and Wagner even sentenced a murdered, murderer convict, convicted of beating a man to death, to just ten years in prison, less than half the usual 25 years.
That Wagner approved $300,000 in bonuses for county sheriff and his staff even after the county commission passed the resolution for him to give up some of his Wagner even gave his own staff bonuses that same year.
Wagner is more interested in being a politician than a public servant, public servant, over the last 20 years Wagner has served as a paid political operative and campaigned for five different taxpayer funded jobs.
Wagner even retired with his government job so he could collect his taxpayer funded pension. Now he’s running for mayor so he can collect another 45,000 dollars of taxpayer money on top of his (?)
Just in the last few yeas.., uh, just in the last few weeks Wagner has been campaigning on raising salaries for the mayor and city commission.
Wagner put campaign donors with special interests first. As auditor Wagner gave a millia… multi million dollar government contract to a company that donated ?bucks? to his campaign and Wagner was the guest of honor at a private dinner at a private Dayton philharmonic pops concert paid for by a lobbyist seeking millions in government spending.
Eh, ah, got another one
And now I am going to give you some reasons people have given to vote for Nan Whaley for mayor. After each brief tell me whether you think it is very convincing, somewhat convincing, not too convincing or not at all convincing.
Whaley led the fight against $3 million in cuts to Dayton’s already struggling schools. Preventing teachers from being fired, prospects from going up, stopping sports from being cut.
Whaley also wants to improve our schools, by holding them accountable for kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency and preparedness for college.
Nan Whaley has fought to keep jobs in Dayton. Whaley worked with city leaders and executives together to keep Caresource in Downtown Dayton and Whaley put efforts to bring GE Aviation and the NCAA tournament to Dayton, creating hundreds of jobs and generating millions of local businesses, for local business
Nan Whaley is the only candidate for mayor endorsed by the Democratic Party and Dayton Firefighters and other labor groups have also endorsed Whaley because she brings people together and fights for Dayton families.
Whaley is working to keep guns off the street and out of dangerous hands.
Whaley will fight to require background checks on every gun purchase to prevent criminals and the mentally ill from having access to guns.
Whaley says government needs to do more with less during tough economic times, that’s why Whaley voted to reduce her pay and hasn’t expected a pay raise in her, in the last 5 years as commissioner.
Survey Sampling International please answer these demographic questions for clarification purposes only, and do you think of yourself as a Democrat or a Republican or an independent
And what is the highest level of education that you have had the opportunity to complete?
In your home do you have cable television, satellite or direct TV just regular broadcast television or no television.
If this is the way Whaley plans to get elected, it doesn’t say much for her confidence in her own “ideas.” I’d been meaning to write a post about her campaign email from Jan 14 2013:
I am asking for your input.
- What rational and realistic ideas do you have to create jobs?
- How can we leverage our current assets?
- How can we support creative collaboration within our city?
Please send your thoughts and constructive criticism to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 25th.
This far into her well funded campaign and she’s more interested in how to take down her opposition than she is in how to solve our problems. Never mind that she has to ask for help on coming up with “rational” ideas.
If I was a labor organization that had endorsed someone who engages in this kind of political slander, I’d consider withdrawing my endorsement. If this is an example of why to vote for “Whaley because she brings people together and fights for Dayton families” I think I’ll pass.