There's been some complaining from supporters of Michael Arcuri that we 24th district Democrats are not doing enough for the Arcuri for Congress campaign. Specifically, the complaint has been that we're not giving Arcuri enough money.
It's kind of funny, in a sad way, because just a few months ago, Mike Arcuri's supporters were crowing about how devastatingly brilliant they were at fundraising. Where is the bragging now?
Now, after Arcuri's campaign raised a big amount of money for his campaign, Democrats in the 24th district are rightfully asking what the hell he's doing with all that money. It is natural for people to hold onto their money if they can't see what good it's going to do them to give it away.
So, here's a piece of advice for the Arcuri for Congress campaign: Tell the Democrats of New York's 24th district what you're doing. Don't whine that other people aren't getting your story out for you - you have to do the job first.
Start a blog on the campaign web site. It doesn't have to be an issues blog - we know how reluctant Arcuri is to stick his neck out on the issues. Just make it a daily journal of what the campaign is doing, to show that the Arcuri for Congress campaign is active. If you go to a fire hall in a small village, write a quick paragraph about it. If the people getting petitions signed this month for the campaign have a little story to tell about meeting the voters, tell the story. Show us a picture of campaign headquarters. Give us a note about a meal that Arcuri had at a family restaurant in Auburn while he was on the road.
You don't have to reveal the secrets of your super-duper-confidential strategy for victory. Just show the Democrats that Michael Arcuri is not doing what he appears to be doing: Sitting on his hands.
Of course, I don't expect the Arcuri campaign to take this advice, but let's get it out here on the record anyway: There is a great deal that the Arcuri for Congress should be doing that it isn't doing. Improving the campaign is not rocket science. Get the candidate to be active, and show us that he's being active with just 15 minutes of work every day.
If Arcuri can't muster even that effort, what the hell is he running for Congress for?