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Facebook snobbery hits politics; Don Benton brags that he has more fans than Patty Murray

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on April 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm with 3 Comments »
April 27, 2010 8:08 am

Forget the polls. Nevermind that whole overwhelming fund raising advantage. Name I.D.? Who needs it.

Apparently the only metric that matters is how many Facebook fans a candidate has. At least that’s according to this press release from the Don Benton for U.S. Senate campaign.

Benton Surpasses Patty Murray in Facebook Fans, Reaches 10,000
Popularity for Benton is Spurred on through New Media, His Message to Grow Economy Resonates with Voters
TUMWATER, WA – The Benton for U.S. Senate Campaign today announced the Benton for Senate Facebook page exceeded 10,000 fans and has surpassed Patty Murray, whose page shows under 9,000 fans. The campaign has utilized social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Flickr to spread word and gain traction on issues important to voters.
“We’ve had a huge jump in momentum by using new media,” said Brian Lohr, Campaign Manager for the Benton for U.S. Senate Campaign. “This enormous show of support comes as a direct result of Washington voters being fed up with politics as usual. Using new media has allowed our campaign to give the people a voice to stand up to Patty Murray and her partisan agenda.”
The Benton Campaign’s Facebook page boasts 10,653 Fans; 10,000 of which were added in less than a month.
“We’ve gotten a huge response because the voters want us to put aside partisan politics and focus on getting our economy back on track,” commented Senator Benton. “We need to lower taxes, put a stop to wasteful spending, and promote pro-growth policies that will help our economy flourish again. This resonates with the voters of Washington State and that’s why we’ve seen such an outpouring of support in such a short period of time.”
Recently, the Benton Campaign’s use of new media resulted in over 4,000 views of a video that educates voters on Senator Murray’s spending habits. The video can be viewed on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mkCo_g3ED0 or on the campaign’s website at www.bentonforsenate.com .

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. derekyoung says:

    This feels a little bit more like a campaign for Senior Class President than US Senate.

  2. Yeah it does Derek! Don must think Facebook fans equal votes…

    How much money does Don have for his campaign? I bet it is dollar-to-Facebook fan! Good luck winning with 10k saved up! haha

  3. Joseph_Daniels says:

    At least they’re actually doing stuff. Who knows what any other campaign is doing?

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