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Meet Scott Brown’s campaign tracker, the guy designated to hit the opposition’s campaign events and tape stuff, on the off chance he’ll get some sort of macaca moment on camera. It’s a boring job of listening to the same campaign pitches over and over with the tiniest outside chance of catching something worthy of one of the MA GOP’s astoundingly awesome (for us, pathetic, for them) edited-videos-and-audio-out-of-context.
This shot I took was near the end of Elizabeth Warren’s volunteer meeting in Lowell today (packed like all the others and a great event), as she was talking to a reporter and then getting in her Toyota to leave.
The reason I use the phrase “stay classy” in all this is that this guy was filming during the post-event chats Elizabeth was having with individual people. Only at the last minute did I think to capture him sticking his camera right up on the conversations she was having, but at this moment, he was actually standing further back from the action than he had been doing for the 20+ minutes before, when Elizabeth had been talking to supporters near the entrance of the building. I remarked on him during that time, wondering WTF he was doing because I felt he was way too close (at first I thought he was with the campaign, but then realized, no way), and feeling bad for the people she was trying to talk to, since they didn’t sign up to be videotaped at point blank range 24/7.
This was a meeting of supporters and volunteers (or potential ones anyway) which makes it a little less of a problem. But imagine this was outside some diner somewhere with Elizabeth trying to have a conversation with real, live voters. If I were a voter trying to talk to a candidate, and this dude was sticking camera right ON me, in my face, the whole time, I’d be nervous, confused, and likely to cut my conversation short prematurely. People don’t love being in front of cameras (unless they are used to it).
It’s one thing to dog the opposition with your little digital cameras (and it’s really the only strategy Brown has right now, since he can’t run on his dismal voting record) but it’s another thing to stick so close that you intimidate people. Most average people do not like to be videotaped, and when a camera is out they get nervous. It’s rude, at a bare minimum, to film every second of every conversation Elizabeth has with people, not to mention at the very close range this guy was standing the whole time.
Maybe Scott Brown ought to teach his campaign staffers a few manners. At a minimum, how to step back far enough not to intimidate people who want to get to know a candidate. Intimidating voters seems a pretty poor way to run a campaign.
But hey, if that’s all you got, Scotto…well, you ought to be very, very worried. And it’s obvious from your tracker’s actions today that you’re frantic as hell for something, anything to use against Elizabeth Warren. We can smell the sweat from here, kiddo. I would stop being so obviously scared to death, if I were you - voters aren’t likely to respond very well to desperation.
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