Keep coming back for the latest political insights from Chris Seelbach, political commentator for the nationally syndicated morning TV show The Daily Buzz and VP, Political Consulting, Finance and Administration for The Seidewitz Group. Plus occasional rants from Scott Seidewitz, founding principal of The Seidewitz Group.
Posted 1/30/09 With the 2008 elections behind us, many aspiring politicians are spending the winter months trying to decide whether or not to run for office. Especially on a local level, a good candidate can wait until February or so to actually decide to run. Having been apart of many campaigns, both on as field and general media consultant level, I’ve developed a list of three things all candidates should know before deciding to run for office. These things aren’t meant to scare a... (more...)
Posted 1/2/09 Two weeks ago President-Elect Barack Obama announced Rick Warren as his choice to give the invocation at his Inauguration on January 20. Warren is the founder and senior pastor at Saddleback Chruch and a national leader against marriage equality for gay and lesbians, a core group of Obama’s base in the Democratic Party. After the announcement from the Obama team, controversy erupted from many gay and lesbians organizations, including The Human Rights Campaign. President Joe Solmonese... (more...)
Posted 11/18/08 Another election season has passed. Before it’s forgotten, I wanted to share some thoughts. Throughout the months of September and October I, like many of you, saw countless political billboards and TV commercials and received tons of political mail pieces. Having worked all year to help elect candidates and pass issues by creating effective political messaging, I noticed a theme in the billboards, commercials and mail pieces: You can tell when a campaign has hired effective... (more...)
Posted 10/11/08 Once every four years predicting the outcome on Election Day gets a bit more interesting. With this year’s presidential race, that’s especially so. So I am going to go out on a limb: Obama is going to win in a near landslide. I was involved in the 1992 Cinton/Gore campaign and see this breaking similarly. In the final run up to the the election, undecided voters will swing decisively to Obama. I am giving him all close states, with the exception of NC. I expect NC to... (more...)
Posted 8/26/08 Gay Civil Unions: Separate But Equal? “Comparing marriage to civil unions is a bit like comparing diamonds to rhinestones. One is, quite simply, the real deal; the other is not.” In the recent California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in the State of California, the justices concluded, “[gay] families are harmed when the state provides their families with lesser status and dignity.” Do civil unions provide gay and lesbian families with “lesser status... (more...)