"From Cortland County, native of the district, educator Bruce Tytler is announcing a run, according to well placed democrats in the county. A true everyman, He will work tirelessly for the benefit of his district and bring forth the well of leadership to thirsty constituants.
BRUCE TYTLER FOR CONGRESS ‘05!"
So it is that the Bruce Tytler campaign for Congress is announced on the web. Seriously. This blog post that you're reading is only the second mention of the Tytler for Congress campaign available online. The first mention was at the comment on the article I previously mentioned on the New York Liberal web site.
Through a supporter's comments, the beans are spilled. Actually, I've been hearing rumors of a Cortland-based additional Democratic candidate for a couple days now, as I've been talking to people involved in the campaigns throughout the district. There's been nothing in my area's newspaper, though, and certainly nothing online.
Is this the way that the Tytler for Congress campaign means to announce itself? A bit more discipline will be called for in the future.
So, what do we know about Bruce Tytler? Well, I can see, by looking around on the web, that Tytler is the mayor of Cortland, and a long time participant in local Democratic politics. We also see here from this comment that Tytler is a teacher of some sort.
We also know that Tytler's supporters value the idea that their candidate is in touch with "well placed democrats". Pardon me, but what is a well placed Democrat? Rule one for campaigning: Don't insult the voters. The last thing that Democratic voters want to hear is that they are not well placed, that there are Democrats who matter much more than them. Democrats in the 24th District ought to get the message from their congressional candidate that the most well placed Democrats are the common place residents of 24th.
This comment also tells us that Tytler is an "everyman". Catch the contradiction? Tytler is supposed to be working with well placed Democrats, not the likes of you and me in the Democratic rabble, but he's also supposed to be an everyman, just an average Joe, working tirelessly.
Here's another suggestion to this anonymous Tytler supporter: An everyman does not work tirelessly. Ask any everyman you meet. An everyman is very, very tired these days, and chances are that he's working two jobs.
A final hint to Tytler's supporters: If you want to elect Bruce Tytler to the House of Representatives, you have to do so this year. Not last year. The election is in 2006, not 2005.