“The candidates come suck us out like an ATM machine and then run commercials there,” says Martinez Fischer, who says moving our primary from March 4 to February 5, 2008, will help get the Rock Star, the Joel Osteen/Robert Redford lookalike who had a rally/fundraiser in San Antonio last week, and the candidate suspected of going both ways to suck and spend right here. Even though Texas sends the second-largest number of delegates to the Republican convention and the third-largest to the Democratic, we’ve always sent them too late to affect the presidential nominee, Martinez Fischer says.
By 5 p.m., 36 candidates had applied for a spot in the May contest, setting up places 5, 7, and 11 (the mayorship) as the most crowded races. Districts 3 and 9 are the only uncontested slots, with Roland Gutierrez and Kevin Wolff holding their incumbencies. (We’ve our own name-recognition issue with Kevin; how many times do we have to disclose, “No relation to our editor, Elaine Wolff?”) You can view the entire list of candidates, as well as their applications, online at Tinyurl.com/2wkdun. Why would you want to? The Queque has a couple mischievous suggestions:
• Add all their home phone numbers and addresses to your Blackberry, and pretend to be important. But remember, harassment is illegal!
• For $9 and an hour’s worth of cutting and pasting (digitally or manually) from an application, you can turn a candidate’s handwriting into a computer font using Fontifier.com. Forgery is also illegal ... but making authentic-looking spoof documents for Chisme Libre, the Current’s blog, is not!
If the Queque has been uncommonly brutal to the Express-News of late, we can assure you we’re not going to let up anytime soon. We can’t speak for the rest of the Current, but the Queque has declared war against 210SA, the E-N’s bastard daughter. Just like when their umbrella corporation Hearst gobbled up Prime Time Incorporated’s community weeklies, the E-N is deliberately downplaying the relationship. We’d take on Hearst itself, but everyone knows what happened to Orson Welles. Mark our words, the Queque will never be a fat-ass has-been.
To be perfectly clear: The Queque isn’t afraid of new competition. We’d relish the chance to sharpen our hatchets. If only 210SA’s editorial staff would actually present a challenge. No, they’re targeting a market niche with a corporate, inorganic, uninspired model that caters to advertisers first and readers second. The proof? They have a staff writer and a handful of “contributors” that are actually sidelining E-N staffers, but the rest of the copy originates with:
The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Merge (from Allentown, Pennsylvania), Bloomberg, Associated Press (and its new “youth wire,” ASAP), New York Daily News, McClatchy (which bought Knight-Ridder), Universal Press, the Washington Post, and the Mercury News (San Jose, California).
As for the Current, the bulk of our content is written in-house or drawn from our pool of faithful local freelance talent. When we do draw from the alternative-newsweekly wire, it’s only because there’s something we think you ought to read or some minor catastrophe causes a last-minute news hole.
Stick close to the Current; we’re not twats.
See you at the anti-war protest with the Southwest Workers Union, 10 a.m. at the recruiting center across from San Antonio College at 1700 N. Main!
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