In a post from September 22, the Conservative blog Save Jersey ridiculed Democrats’ craigslist advertisement recruiting grassroots volunteers (for phone banking, canvassing, etc.) in the 39th Assembly District. The post can be found here.
Under the title, “Dispirited and Desperate Dems Turn to Craigslist for Volunteers,” the Conservative bloggers wrote, “How can I trust the accuracy of polls reporting large Chris Christie leads? Well, for starters, motivating volunteers to help Jon Corzine and his team has become so difficult that the Democrats have resorted to Craigslist to recruit campaign volunteers!”
For a variety of reasons Save Jersey bloggers, who like craigslist use the internet to connect like minded people in one place, have no right to make fun of a legitimate attempt at recruiting volunteers for a long shot, underfunded, grassroots Assembly campaign.
First of all, the Corzine campaign had nothing to do with the recruitment of volunteers for the 39th Assembly race. The 39th Assembly campaign posted the ad on its own, with absolutely no mention of the Governor, his campaign, or any other Democratic candidates.
Second of all there is absolutely nothing wrong with posting on craigslist, a revolutionary networking site that has connected millions of people in the name of streamlining important processes, tasks, and burdens such as job searches, apartment searches, selling unwanted but still useful items, personal advice…I could go on ad infinitum. Like any other helpful product some people take advantage and abuse it to their own twisted needs, but that does not mean it is a place for only the discarded, ignored, unwashed masses. In fact right now on the non-profit jobs section of craigslist North Jersey there are postings for part time Shelter Aides, an animal shelter manager, and a youth case manager. My god, what disgusting, unheard of tactics will homeless shelters, veterinarians, and social workers think up next to advance their nefarious causes? Not facebook?!
Finally, I know for a fact that Republicans have resorted to tactics most would consider just as “desperate” as posting on craigslist. If Save Jersey and other Republicans want to make fun of Democrats for using a popular networking site to boost their volunteer base, they should also consider who makes up their readership. I have a feeling at least a few visitors to Save Jersey have found an unwanted household necessity, job, or place to live through craigslist.
Maybe the bloggers at Save Jersey are above using craigslist, but not millions of other Americans who rely on it to make their lives a little bit easier, less stressful, and more productive.
Editor’s Note: Post’s Author is a Field Director for Democrats’ 39th Assembly Campaign.