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The Geller and Ladner kids invite you to a party in the Downtown Eastside

November 4th, 2008 · 11 Comments

This election has to be setting records for wild and wacky things the candidates are willing to try in order to generate noticeably scarce media coverage of the civic election.

David Cadman’s YouTube “Vote Beard” video (posted earlier on this blog) is probably the prize-winner so far. David says that the viral success of this video, which has earned him responses from Europe and India, has proven to him that “I know nothing about anything” when it comes to what works in political campaigns.

Gregor Robertson arranged for himself to get a TransLink ticket for paying the single-zone price when he was travelling two zones, in order to get a little needed media coverage. (For the humour-impaired, the preceding sentence is a paid political joke.)

Now Michael Geller, who has been advertising his campaign on Vancouver’s abundant fallen leaves, and Peter Ladner of the Non-Partisan Association are getting their hipster kids to hold a pub night down at the Cambie for their dads. (These would be the kids and their friends whom both Geller and Ladner said earlier on in the campaign were more inclined to support Vision Vancouver.)

Michael’s email to me this morning gives the details:

COME MEET MY DAD. The Geller girls and the Ladner kids are inviting their friends and other ‘millennials’ to a gathering at The Cambie Hotel on Thursday November 13 at 7:30.  The purpose is to get youth a bit more engaged in the municipal election campaign, and hopefully get a few more youth votes.  Ladner and I will be ‘pulling the taps’ and serving behind the bar.

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  • Oh no, I’ve been raking and power blowing Geller ads all this time? If I only knew!

    COPE has a released another video that y’all might like:

    “Don’t vote for Dinosaurs” :

    PS: Thanks for not calling us hipsters!

  • What are ‘millennials’?

  • Scott

    “These would be the kids and their friends whom both Geller and Ladner said earlier on in the campaign were more inclined to support Vision Vancouver”.

    Speaking of which, has anyone heard of any internal polls?

    Alex Tsakumis reported on one couple of days ago:

    “[Gregor] started this campaign 22 points ahead of Peter. Gregor now trails Peter by three points: A stunning turnaround.”

    Perhaps the foregoing explains why the Ladner and Geller kids have moved from VV to the NPA?

  • Bill Lee

    “Pulling the taps”??
    Who’s checking for underage drinkers?

    And why not the ex? Jolly Alderman? next to
    City Hall. Lets get to the real centre of power.

  • Wagamuffin

    I’ll drink anywhere.

  • Edward S

    Not sure where you are getting those polling figures, but they are absolutely not true. Gregor still holds a lead, and a healthy one at that.
    You may want to check out your figures with those that are actually administering the polling, because you are clearly off.
    Unless of course you are dealing with a small sample of friends, rather than the large random samples used by professional public research companies your stats are simply misinformation.
    And that will be proven on Nov 15th.

  • Edward S

    I might add, then any youth considering voting for Ladner, is anything but Hip!

  • Scott

    I don’t think Alex Tsakumis would report those poll results if there weren’t from reliable sources.

    And is those numbers are in the ball-park that’s a HUGE shift in momentum.

  • Employed Pollster

    Being Unbiased, and involved in the pre-election polls. I would appreciate it if Alex Tsakumis would cite where he obtained this polling information. Because it doesn’t mesh with any of the results I have seen or heard when I have been on the phones personally.
    I agree with Edward S, that the figures I have witnessed have Mr. Robertson still holds a comfortable lead.

  • A. G. Tsakumis

    Sure, happy to oblige. The polling result that I quoted was done by an independent polling company, who had a reasonable sample, without the usually loaded questions or skewed variables. I don’t do drive by journalism and have been very generous to Gregor, far more than Peter…I have no dog in this hunt. No matter who wins the Vancouver mayoral race, the winner will be a good friend of mine.

    In the poll I saw, WITH MY OWN EYES, (and I’ve seen a few polls in my time folks), Gregor Robertson (stunningly) trailed Peter by three points, simple as that.

    Mind, I will NOT reveal for whom the poll was done because I do not have their permission to do so, but it was not for the NPA.

    What I found most interesting was that Gregor’s negatives have skyrocketed relative to his (previously thought) unassailable approval rating.

    Sources inside Vision have also revealed to me that Gregor’s ahead, “but not my much, maybe five to six points”.

    Final analysis: Peter Ladner has made up huge ground and it’s not just because of Peter’s clearly superior knowledge of the city, but because, like it or not, Gregor has stumbled and mumbled over the last six weeks.

    The skytrain ticket issue is yet another example of how not to treat an issue and ample evidence that Gregor was less than fortright about why he neglected to pay, and accompanying stance and for whom. I don’t care how much time you apply his answer to the spin cycle, it was idiotic.

    Then again, there is a huge element at play which wants to make Peter and the NPA pay for Sam’s sins (the millions of them).

    It will be close on election day and could go either way. Majority council for Vision though–for certain.

  • Bartender Bob

    Do Geller and Ladner have their “Serving it Right” certification?

    I would hate to see the Cambie lose their license…