Several people say they’ve been called at home and asked whom they would support in a Brooks-Slaughter match-up and a Brooks-Morelle match-up.
That would be Joe Morelle, Democratic party chairman and state assemblyman. He’s not running, however. Slaughter is the candidate.
Both the Democratic and Republican parties deny they are behind the poll. Assuming the party chairs are not lying, someone affiliated with their parties doing this without their knowledge.
If Republicans are behind this poll, they could be worried Slaughter will drop out. The GOP has also been pushing the “Slaughter is ill” rumor for a while. Conducting a poll and hoping it makes the news (or a blog) could be a way to discredit Slaughter, but that seems like a lot of effort to further a rumor. People conduct polls because they want data.
Slaughter seemed just fine at a press conference a couple weeks ago and says she’s in good health. She also insists she’s running and there are absolutely no indications she’s even thinking of backing out.
If Democrats are behind the poll, they could have inside knowledge about Slaughter’s intentions. Even if she’s in 100 percent good health, she’s 82 and anything could happen. That’s a pretty cynical way to look things.
I expect we’ll see a lot of mystery polls, campaign literature and other stuff this campaign. It’ll be a long seven months.