Over the past two weeks, Philly Bloggers participated in two coordinated online days of Action to raise awareness of the really important, and fast approaching, District Attorney Race. (Day One
, Day Two
.) We have the chance to elect Seth Williams, the kind of candidate who really does not appear very often in Philly politics. As such, we in the Philly blog world are doing what we can. It may be a model, or rather the first rough blue-prints, of how bloggers can affect change in the future.
In one of the first efforts of local bloggers anywhere to try and make an impact on a local race, we enlisted the support of blogs from the small (such as Young Philly Politics and Rowhouse Logic) to the big (such as Chris's post on MYDD.)
Has it made a difference so far? Well, at the very least, the mainstream press has taken notice. In today's Daily News (one of Philly's two major newspapers, and its best for coverage of local issues), there is this:
Upstart candidate for district attorney Seth Williams may not get far with Democratic ward leaders, but he's a hit with Web sites such as "Rowhouse Logic" and "A Smoke Filled Room."
Williams said he met with "Drinking Liberally," a group of reform Democrats who meet weekly in bars, and says he's now getting some cash and volunteers from bloggers.
"I can't compete with her [Lynne Abraham's] money," Williams said. "So if I'm going to run a sort of 'Continental Army against the Redcoats' campaign, it's great to get these spirited followers who'll use technology to get donations and share the message."
The article also has this quote, from a post of mine at Philly Future: "He stands for everything grass-roots and net-roots activists have demanded Democrats stand for: reform, innovation, real connections to the community, and a fight against the status quo."
What does this all mean? In the grand scheme of things, this is hopefully one shot fired across the bow of local politics, that just as bloggers turned the Social Security debate to our side, and helped national candidates even out traditional money advantages by Republicans, we are now turning our focus to more local issues, as well.
We have two weeks and one day until an election where a true Reform Democrat needs 100,000 votes to send a message all over the Country.
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