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Here’s The Scoop….”How The Sausage Was Made”…Part 4

“HOW THE SAUSAGE WAS MADE”….and BEYOND….

CAMPAIGN CHAOS

I had always heard stories of how chaotic a campaign can be….from lack of sleep…brainstorming…..the daily obstacles to counter or preempt your opponents… and such….utter intrigue and adrenaline …24/7….

What I encountered instead was time spent dealing with the chaos from within the campaign itself….becoming increasingly…dysfunctional….demoralizing… ….ultimately becoming a campaign of diminished returns…resulting in differing factions…with different goals….and different outcomes….

It was really like starting out “on tour” with a rock band…going on a road trip….where half way through you realize you’re not cut out for this lifestyle…and just want off the bus!….

This “bus” was Campaign Central…the home of Co-Campaign Manager…Cristie Furth…and her husband Marc…and a world that many of us 50-60ish…Boomers left behind long ago….

The world of the Furth’s ….is one that takes some getting used to…. just to get your bearings….with 4 -7 p.m. “siesta” time daily….where the work starts late going into the wee hours….with coffee…cigarettes….writing…re-writing…late night take-out dinner breaks…and more of the same ….until you realize…that without the “siesta.”…you cannot survive for very long…..

Like two college kids….their life is one….that…. although even relatively enviable…at first…quickly becomes all consuming…even detrimental…to the rest of your life …your obligations…your well being…outside of this off- kilter way of living….burn-out happens rapidly….SPLAT!….

For the candidates…Dodd and Clottey….it was especially hard…for these two were still gainfully employed full time…with obligations that could not be tossed aside….despite the repeated calls for just that…from Ms Furth….who seemingly was unable or unwilling to grasp…the concept….of their lives….outside the campaign….insisting she (Cristie) was doing more than the candidates….

Both these candidates were upfront with what they could and could not do as campaigners…whether it was door to door…or being confronted with minutia from the campaign while trying to meet their other obligations…during business hours….they went over and beyond the “call of duty”….

We all tried our hardest to get her to delegate….but Cristie does not like to delegate….on events…campaign writing……you name it….to the detriment of herself and those around her….

Work was done over and over again…thus the diminishing returns….which eventually caused one of the candidates and this writer to walk away…to throw up our hands…for self preservation…for some sanity….for this cycle could be vicious…

Too bad though…because at the beginning…Cristie was brilliant….her work first rate…her ideas were contagious… awe inspiring really….

BCbythesea…a little history….

This writer really had nothing to do with Ms Furth…due to badmouthing and stories that regularly came from McIntee …summing up her history” of never finishing anything…leaving others to pick up the slack….

When repeated “warnings” are so prevalent…presented with such fervor …it makes you look at that person with preconceived notions….”enabling” the “messenger”…and giving credence to his assertions….it worked….for quite a long time…

It turned out most of what I was told was not the truth…. so many “McIntee mind games” … found out after a group of us…the campaign committee started comparing notes…to realize each of us was getting “warnings”…leading to the same preconceived ideas we had about one another….what a game McIntee played… “detective games”…..

Unfortunately… as we moved forward…the signs of distress emerged…the “busy work”…the “emotional”…”highs and lows”…with no “middle ground”….the wasted time on “personalities”… “fragile soul”….who was doing more …who was not doing enough…who was in charge…….

It lead to resignations… reconsideration… reconciliations…… appeasement…….circling the wagons….backstabbing…and separations…….the unpredictable….becoming predictable….

One week I was Campaign Chair of Dodd….the next of Clottey…and back again….depending on her “mood” and who was not doing what Ms Furth wanted…..the way she wanted it….and when she wanted it done……..

For me it came to a head…..after three specific incidences….months into the campaign….

The first was in the living room ….surrounded by the candidates and certain campaign committee members….all accomplished… highly educated people…and Cristie…stating as a matter of fact…..she was the “writer”….. she would make the final decisions…

What was wrong with this picture?….I had to step away to control my astonishment to the sad absurdity of it all….unable to “play along”…..

The second …when yet again…Stuart Dodd’s words were changed…his style was changed…with Cristie putting his words….his points…. in her distinctive writing style….. with her personalized “flourish”….leading to hours being wasted…and the growing negative effect it had on him and his family….

A “mediator” was called ……. it turned out to be a “set up” with more hours wasted……

All for a way to keep Cristie from her own despair….as had been the M. O. so many times before….

The final split….I knew was final…and stated it would be so……. I sent an e-mail…telling her she needed some “healing” to find some middle ground….out of concern….for her and for all those around her….I had finally exited the “bus”……..

Stuart stepped off …shortly afterwards….meeting “halfway” from time to time….always trying to “deal” as best he could….

Birute Clottey…remained…and dealt with the “status quo” like a trooper…and a friend…..a conduit….between two “camps”….

Now no one disagrees….when it was good…as it was at the inception…it was great….but when it went into “free-fall”…from stress…mostly self- inflicted…along with those “enabling” the her condition….. to keep her “home life” happy…it was debilitating….

After the election…….the highs… the lows…. the chaos…. from Ms Furth…..continued on….

Joining the M&Ms…trying to shut down this site…. …insisting it was affecting the BTSTimes…. the MacMillans and their relationship with the CIC…..

The push to make a special designation…for CIC Citizen of the Year…benefiting the MacMillans….to the exclusion of another board member …who also lives out of town…

Joining her Vice Chair to disparage a long time founding member and board member in e-mails to other CIC members….

The “knee-jerk reaction to Commissioner Dodd’s…asking for a sabbatical…not responding “in kind” to her own situation…during the campaign…when she did more than ask for a “leave”..she resigned…

The inaction of not calling for a full board meeting…instead going “scorched earth”….right after receiving the e-mail….

The “threat” of Commissioner Dodd’s first letter being read by her……at the 7/13/08 CIC meeting….

Not taking control of the meeting…. joining in…along with the M & Ms….

The first e-mail going out…with only Commissioner Dodd’s first letter…. without full input from the board….

The second CIC alert e-mail containing many unsubstantiated untruths…sent out to CIC members…again

The second e-mail instructing CIC members to “ignore” e-mails not coming from Cristie Furth or Bob Roberts….

The letter to the Editor of the BTSTimes…knowing full well the truth as she was was front and center….

The apparent instigation…of pitting old friends against each other…to perpetuate the untruth….ending a long term friendship….

The combination of Chair and Vice Chair of the CIC……..call for a vote of “no confidence” and “no competence”…….when the board meets again….

Today…BCbythesea….no longer a Topix Blog reader…well aware as most…who writes behind the “secret” monikers…..M & Ms & Fs…..have hit a new low…that will only come back to bite them again….

a reader has informed …… a list of those who should not be e-mailed…among them…CIC board members and commissioners….

why?….. Because it might end up on this site…..

For the M & Ms & Fs….

CHAOS….Still…….

more to come…..

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