Flooded by Messaging

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

campaign fliers Fliers and mailings for candidates in New York City's 2013 election.

Over the last week, the number of TV ads, fliers, mailings and robocalls in the elections have grown significantly. Azi Paybarah, Capital New York political reporter, joins us to take stock.

Comments [21]

I'm glad I have a shredder because most of the flyers I receive are for races in other council districts.

A zip code, even a zip +4. evidently doesn't stop campaigns from wasting $$ sending flyers to those who are not eligible to vote for them.

Aug. 20 2013 07:46 PM
Elizabeth Lorris Ritter from Washington Heights, NY

The piece doesn't have Russian, which would use Cyrillic characters. I'm not looking at it right now, but I think the language at the top of the piece may be Macedonian?

Aug. 20 2013 01:44 PM
Martha from Upper West Side

I live on the heavily Jewish Upper West Side in a district with a hotly contested race for City Council: I was appalled to see one of the candidates (can't remember her name) mailer leading with (in huge font) the fact that her parents were holocaust survivors...a well-known qualification for office.

Aug. 20 2013 11:12 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Wow, Saujani's piece has the Yiddish *backwards*? I couldn't figure that out, & even reading it the other way around, there is no word in Yiddish or Hebrew that consists of just the letter samech. I'm not sure if they got the Yiddish right otherwise, but the Spanish is wrong: it should be "Se Trata *de* Usted," not "Se Trata Usted," which means "You treat yourself" (not in the sense of treating yourself to something, though). I'm trying to remember if Elizabeth said the piece didn't have Russian, but it does, right at the top.

I'm always tempted, if I'm having trouble deciding between candidates, to choose the one who's sent me the least campaign mail (but w/points in favor if their pieces are on recycled paper). Never actually done it...yet.

Aug. 20 2013 10:54 AM
Tito from Brooklyn

Agree with caller about Reshma Saujani's mailer. The languages are more for the graphic impact as opposed to the ones most spoken in NYC, which according to Mayor's Office are: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian, and French Creole. It looks like she got Chinese and Korean, and of course Spanish, but I don't see the others... Maybe it's a targeted mailer for certain parts of the city?

Aug. 20 2013 10:44 AM
RJ from prospect hts

I've been a phone banker and canvasser, and I find the surprise at the question "can I count on your vote for ?" surprising. That's been asked as part of call prompts for as long as I can remember. What I suspect is this: What's usually done is that there's at least 2 sets of calls: probing calls and persuasion calls. A campaign gets a list of registered voters who have voted recently and makes calls to probe what their issues are and whether they're likely to vote and, maybe, if they have any early inclinations. Closer to the vote date, there's followup calls people deemed likely to vote and could be persuaded to vote for your candidate. That's when the "can I count on your vote for ..." question is usually asked. It sounds like, because of the number of candidates, the likelihood of a runoff, or some other reasons I can't think of, they're combining the 2 kinds of calls. But "can I count on ?" is not a new question.

Aug. 20 2013 10:38 AM
Saru from Gravesend

I don't see the big deal with de Blasio's family. I'm amazed people are so hung about race. Get over your social constructions; this is what every American family should look like. What I find more irritating is that the NY Times describes him as an Italian American, when he's not, or at least not really. I knew him when he had a German last name, which is what I find very odd. The only Italian American candidate is Sal Albanese, who immigrated to the US as a child.

Aug. 20 2013 10:37 AM
Mike from Tribeca

gary from queens & john from office: are sock puppets allowed to vote?

Aug. 20 2013 10:27 AM
fuva from harlemworld

"...his views on racial EQUALITY"? Really? Says a lot about the caller...

Aug. 20 2013 10:25 AM
Tony from Canarsie

John from office -- "The next DeBlasio ad will be a parady of a Jackson Five Song! Oh Baby give me one more chance!! Bell bottoms and afros for all!!"

Feel free to write in David Duke.

Aug. 20 2013 10:23 AM
gary from queens

All the ads have one thing in common: the speak to voters as if we were naive children.

One thing about the The NYC Identity Card. All the Dem candidates want it.

Here's what I would suggest that we include on the card to make it comprehensive, and how a sample would appear:

Name: Alberto Sanchez
Nationality: Mexican
Residency Status: Illegal
Language: Spanish
Health Insurance: Free Medicaid
Dental Insurance: Free Medicaid
Food Stamps: Free USAD
NYS Auto insurance: Unpaid
Social Security #: Stolen

Aug. 20 2013 10:22 AM
MegR from nyc

@John from office
It's Parody not "Parady" as you incorrectly stated.
Nervous about race much?

Aug. 20 2013 10:22 AM
Sheldon from brooklyn

Ah, John...keeping it classy as usual.

Aug. 20 2013 10:22 AM
John from office

The next DeBlasio ad will be a parady of a Jackson Five Song! Oh Baby give me one more chance!! Bell bottoms and afros for all!!

Aug. 20 2013 10:19 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Brian, I rolled my eyes when at the beginning of the segment you said "de Blasio's black family."

Aug. 20 2013 10:16 AM

De Blasio is not playing any "race card." THIS IS HIS ACTUAL WIFE AND SON, for the love of Pete.

Aug. 20 2013 10:14 AM
Mandy G from Carroll Gardens

I think it's hilarious that both Weiner and Spitzer are using the "THEY don't want me to be in office... but it's up to YOU," approach in their ads. Are these ads actually effective? It makes me feel that maybe THEY are right. Perhaps if they weren't both rife with scandal, THEY wouldn't mind if he were in office...
PS: I didn't even know Castsimatidis was still running until I saw his late-night commercial yesterday. Creepy times google.

Aug. 20 2013 10:14 AM
Al from Marine Park from Brooklyn, NY

The flyers have made me more aware of my recyclable bin and the TV ads have made me more aware of my mute button

Aug. 20 2013 10:13 AM
Sheldon from brooklyn

Haha Stuart, it's may be considered cynical or pandering by some but it is DeBlasio's son, so who am I to judge.

Aug. 20 2013 10:12 AM
Stuart from NY

Bill DiBlasio's ad featuring his son is a home run. It is honest. Appeals to family voters, African American voters, Primary voting Democrats in general. It gave Bill a personality he himself does not show. He's not my choice, but I like him a whole lot better than I did before I saw the commercial. The other commercials are pat Washington depictions making good candidates sound plastic.

Aug. 20 2013 09:55 AM
Oscar from NY liu has it figure out but ny is a very racist city so.. I like mr Castsimatidis commercial, he looks like a fat cat criminal lawyer, almost like an insurance agent selling you crap... Mr Weiner looks like play doh and "creepy", I haven't seen Christine at all, but this morning i seen one , i actually went for her because i really love woman so much, and I love that mr Blasio inadvertently pulled the very racie card, good call, I like mr Thompson and mr Spitzer is mafioso

Aug. 20 2013 09:39 AM

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