from the gate well --- outpacing Capano in the early fund raising ---
AND --- forcing Quaglione’s hand by making him enter
the race earlier than he wanted and not really prepared for a tough fight for the Republican
and Conservative Parties’ nominations…..
Even though his campaign remains very present and visible by way of postering, door-to-door introductions and appearances at significant community events >>> "Liam" has fallen off the pace in the backstretch leading up to endorsements and petitioning
THE BIG QUESTION NOW IS THIS >>> CAN LIAM MC CABE AND HIS CAMPAIGN REGAIN THEIR EARLY FORM AND RETAKE A LEAD DURING AND AFTER PETITIONING AND CHALLENGES ? ? ?
Liam McCabe’s early organizational efforts caught everybody’s attention, but it is organizational short-comings that appear to be plaguing his mid-campaign performance. The McCabe campaign structure looks like it has not grown fast enough for it to maintain it’s early qualitative advantages and quantitative successes.
Not long ago, the candidate himself told me that his small inner circle was as busy as ever, but that they are dealing with lots of necessary details that just don’t show up to public scrutiny. --- And that all of the other campaigns have looked like they slowed down too; so it's not just the McCabe Campaign that's faltering.
PROBLEMS IN THE INNER CIRCLE ???
When one takes another closer look at the problem, one finds that the small inner circle of McCabe’s closest supporters are not all pulling for "McCabe the Candidate" in the same direction or in efficient interactive ways. The problem, as it has been described to me, is very much like something that I long ago described as a shortcoming of Liam McCabe’s earliest efforts to define and present himself as a candidate. Now, as then, there seems to be an odd distribution of focus among the candidate, a major outside consultant, and a few former business associates of the candidate, who are acting like a hybrid composite, part consultant and part volunteer.
In spite of obvious intensive effort and activity by the candidate himself, the campaign appears to have suffered from a recent depression in messaging and image building; and that translated into an apparent loss of momentum by the campaign as a whole during April, May and now June.
MORE DISTRACTIONS AND DIVERSIONS COMING !!!
With at least two months of technical heavy lifting in New York’s onerous petitioning, filing and challenges process, and a campaign that lately hasn’t demonstrated its ability to walk, chew gum and whistle a happy tune, all at one time --- one has to wonder if the Liam McCabe Campaign will ever regain its early form and get back onto its impressive early pace.
Thus far, it doesn’t look like any of the other candidates have established any kind of lead --- and certainly not any momentum that will carry through September. --- If McCabe does get his mojo back, like he had in the early stages of this 2017 campaign, then he can win this GOP primary; and he is the only GOP candidate that you can say that about.
* I call Liam Mc Cabe the “Third Man” in this GOP field for several reasons --- one of those reasons is that he (like Harry Lime) and his "team" function like a bunch of mysterious outsiders….. There are more reasons than that, but I’ll save them for later on in the discussions of all the candidates and their campaigns going forward…..