As y’all know, I don’t have a lot of ads on this blog because I hate the very idea of trying to sell anything to anyone at any time. For me, approaching a potential customer is like having an out-of-body experience. It feels most unnatural.
So generally, I don’t do it.
For the past month, I had this vague idea that since there was a special election to fill Rick Quinn’s seat, in the district right next to mine (in fact, my house was in that district back when Ted Pitts had it, but I got drawn out), I should probably find out who was running and give them my usual pitch (which isn’t exactly, “You don’t want to buy a campaign ad, do you?,” but it’s close).
But the date snuck up on me and I missed it. But now there are two people in a runoff, so I thought, here’s an opportunity. But I had no contact info. So I sent this to Anne Marie Eckstorm Green via Twitter. She doesn’t follow me (and why not?), so I couldn’t DM her, and now all the world can see my unabashed hucksterism:
@AMGreenSC From my blog’s Shameless Commerce Division: Congrats on getting into the runoff. Let me know if you want to buy a campaign ad on the blog. Pricing and analytics on request….
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) February 28, 2018
The other candidate, Chris Wooten, doesn’t have a Twitter feed, near as I can tell. So, if any of y’all know him, tell him he can buy an ad here. If he, you know, really wants one….
Oh, and speaking of shameless — yeah, I stole the name of my sales department from Click and Clack. What, you think I’m going to make the effort to come up with something original?…
Why isn’t your buddy James Smith advertising here?
I haven’t asked. In fact, I haven’t asked anyone running for governor. As I said, when it comes to sales, I’m a slacker. I was only motivated to reach out to these folks because it’s almost too late.
A former GOP official, seeing this, was kind enough to send me the two candidates’ email addresses, and I’ve sent them both some info about ads….