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... And Still More on RNC "Volunteers."

OK, we'll admit it. We probably sound a bit obsessed about this. But its just so darn interesting.

Is it really true that the GOP can barely get anyone to sign up for its 8,000 volunteer slots at this summers RNC? If it is, it does a lot more than open the door for a herd of sneaky troublemakers to infiltrate the Convention and wreck general havoc. What it really does is show how unwelcome the Republicans are in this city.

Recently, we quoted mainstream media sources saying that the RNC had only filled half of its volunteer slots. There's been no official update on this front for two weeks. But there is some anecdotal evidence from NY Indymedia that the situation is bleak. One poster writes that:

"The orientation i'm attending has 19 slots filled out of 150."

Another says that:

"So, i got a call today from some rnc volunteer asking why i missed the orientation session i was supposed to show up for and begging me to show up for another one. when i went online to re-register, it became apparent that only a handful of people are registered for each orientation out of a much larger capacity."

There's no way to confirm any of this, of course. But the mainstream media might want to ask the NYC2004 honchos how many volunteers are actually showing up for their orientation events.

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If all the idiots that believe this drivel are as intelligent as the author of this message the republicans don't have anything to worry about come November. It is "wreak havoc" not "wreck havoc"

Posted by: Steve | Jul 1, 2004 5:39:19 PM

Here's part of the answer:

RNC sees surge in volunteer applications

by Lisa Fickenscher

The Republican National Convention host committee has seen its publicity efforts pay off, with a surge of interest from prospective volunteers in recent weeks bringing the number of applications it’s received to more than 10,000.

Just two weeks ago, the New York City host committee had just 6,000 volunteers lined up to help with the convention, which will take place here from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. To date, the committee, which promised to provide 8,000 bodies for the event, has received 10,434 applications. More than half of the people live outside the city, hailing from other parts of the state, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

A number of initiatives have helped boost the numbers, including a print, radio and TV campaign; e-mail blasts to New Yorkers from former mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani; letters from current Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and appeals to corporations by the Partnership for New York City.

Mr. Koch, chairman of the volunteer drive, says recruitment will continue through the second week in August. More volunteers are needed, the committee says, because applicants are still being vetted and not all of the helpers are expected to work each day of the convention. The volunteers will welcome delegates at the airports, assist them with getting around the city, and aid reporters in the media center at the James A. Farley Post Office.
Copyright 2004, Crain Communications, Inc

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