11:00 am Jul. 24, 20123
When a source G-chatted me a link to Mindy Meyer's campaign website at 3:34 p.m. yesterday asking whether it was a joke, I skimmed the site, heard the music, and then wondered how this source could ask such a silly question. Of course it was a joke.
Then I called one of the "campaign managers" listed on the site, and learned that I was wrong. She was really running for State Senate.
At 3:40 p.m., I tweeted a link to Meyer's site, explaining "yes, this is a real campaign site." She had 21 twitter followers at the time.
When Meyer and I finally spoke later that evening, she had 205 followers and was having trouble keeping track of all the attention she was getting.
"Just last week when my campaign manager contacted Politico, they said, 'Oh, it's too early to focus on a Republican underdog in a Democratic district, whatever,'" Meyer told me. "And now the Politico called me from Santa Monica, California, I just got a call from them, the Daily News called me. Oh, I'm being on Fox Wednesday, what's the name of the show again, you know that show, Sean something. Sean Hannity. Sean Hannity! I'm being on his show Wednesday. Isn't that exciting?"
She went on: "Also, my campaign manager just spoke to Kim Kardashian's publicist because she's a diva and everything, so they're getting back to me because we're trying to get her endorsement because, you know, she, whatever, my website is literally like her. And also, the 'David Letterman Late Night Show' or something."
She's unusual in other ways. She's a Republican who sounds, in some ways, like a Democrat. She opposes racially motivated stop-and-frisk procedures (her grandfather is a captain in the NYPD, she says), and she wants to see more money spent on social programs like job training and youth employment.
She said the site is meant to get people's attention, and that when people hear her talk, they'll see how serious and articulate she is.
When I asked Meyer what made her a Republican and a Conservative, she at first had a hard time answering. She said she wanted to run against Parker, so she went to the Republicans and they endorsed her. The Conservative Party, she said, was more difficult.
"They started asking me a lot about the issues and I told them I was in the middle of law school finals and I'm like honestly, I can't tell you a lot about the issues right now, but what I can tell you is that if you put me up as your candidate I'm going to take the election till the end," she said.
She said they asked about abortion and gay marriage.
"They asked me if I'm pro-life or pro-choice and I said I'm pro-life," she said.
Meyer also said she would have voted against same-sex-marriage legislation.
"I feel like people can do whatever they want," she said. "I just don't necessarily feel like it should necessarily result in marriage ... It's not something I support, you know? But I'm not against--people can be with whoever they want. Just in terms of marriage, I just feel that, you know, um, I guess you can say I'm against it."
I asked her about Andrew Cuomo, who has in many ways been a friend to the Republican majority in the State Senate.
She seemed unsure, at one point telling me, "Honestly, I'm not really familiar with him."
I said he was the governor. Meyer later said, "I'm not familiar with him in particular, his issues and, you know, and everything about him. You're asking me how I would work with him?"
Yes, I said.
"Yeah, so, I guess I would have to see if I was elected," she said.
This morning, Meyer had 399 followers.
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