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We Love Anthony Woods. But He Needs to Work on That Whole ‘Messaging’ Thing

Anthony Woods is the gay Iraq vet, Bronze Star wearer, and West Point grad who wants to be a northern California congressman, and we’re pretty sure we’re in love with him. Woods, who was kicked out of the military for being gay (and stuck with his $35k Harvard tuition bill!), is obviously anti-Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Voters will have a chance to put him in office in a special election to replace Ellen Tauscher, who’s joining the Obama administration. Our words of advice: Get in the fray!

Woods joined Bill Maher’s Real Time on Friday night for a couple of segments, alongside outspoken folks like media types Matt Taibbi and John Heilemann. But we barely heard from him! Sure, Maher’s ego is huge, but he does let his guests speak more than, say, a Bill O’Reilly. Which means we need to hear from Woods. Jump in there. Get your voice heard. Don’t rely only on the DailyKos crowd. To go from relative unknown to commander of all media, Woods needs to work on his delivery.

While Woods might make a great candidate in theory, the best politicians own the room. And their message. And while Woods may be competing for the congressional seat on a shoestring budget, it’s clear something is amiss when a candidate running for elected office has fewer than 900 Twitter followers. It represents what’s becoming a clear problem: Woods isn’t doing a good enough job introducing himself to constituents, or the public at large. Yard signs are great, but there’s a lot more work to be done.

Indeed, he’s raised over $100,000 for himself, mostly with netroots promoting and small checks from many donors. But he’s squaring off against three other well-known Democrats (two state legislators and the lieutenant governor), who have raised more cash than he. And while there’s still no front-runner, Woods isn’t considered among the possibilities, even with obvious endorsements from the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. This represents the perfect window of opportunity for Woods to make a move; shake things up, zig while they zag. He’s got Barack Obama’s fundraising skills down. Now he needs his messaging.

And we know Woods can be a better orator, because he delivered Harvard’s resonating commencement speech (below). More like this, please.

(h/t Rod 2.0)

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On:           Jul 28, 2009
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  • 39 Comments
    • Quack
      Quack

      Uh, he has 1200+ followers and you misread what he was talking about. He was looking for 1000+ online contributions.. ie: money. Which he got– like two days ago.

      Also, it’s funny that Queerty’s idea of political power is how many people follow a Twitter account. You don’t get out much, do you?

      Jul 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      One of the many reasons I don’t comment here much anymore. Totally retarded post on some many levels. I don’t even know if I support Woods given his lack of concrete staking out of positions (especially after Mr Blue Dog – Polis who is now blocking healthcare form), but this article is a farce.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      I’m not a huge fan of twitter, but I’ve donated to candidates and would love to donate to this one. Not really sure why I would follow a candiate on Twitter. Once you know their platform and decide to vote for them I really don’t care where they’re eating lunch.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @The Gay Numbers:

      Ditto on commenting here, Numbers.

      I supported Woods with an initial donation but (esp. since I don’t live in his state) I want to hear policy positions.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      It’s as simple as getting a campaign manager/political advisor. Now those are a dime a dozen, but good ones win elections.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul-kenon
      Paul-kenon

      This guy is just a breath of fresh air, he really is.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shelby
      Shelby

      @TANK: Who cares what you think, you fuck’n homosexual racist!!!

      Jul 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • j
      j

      @Shelby: Lol. Homosexual as an insult…on queerty. Whatever his policy positions, if you are a democrat you should be supporting him. The very fact that he is gays (and not republican) means that your stances on all (ok, most) gay rights issues will be identical. Besides, it’s very hard to tell anyone’s policy positions (especially on controversial issues) until the vote, so to have someone that will share many of yours by default can’t be a bad thing? I don’t live in america, what’re the other candidates like?

      Jul 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM
      SM

      I think he’s great. At least he’s out working to change things in a positive direction. More young democrats need to challenge career politicians with their ideas.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kelly
      Kelly

      Twitter is the measure of a candidate? That could be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on Queerty, and that’s saying a lot as of late. Besides, did you even bother checking his opponents? Garamendi’s got 1460. Joan Buchanan: 433. Mark DeSaulnier: 262. So with just under 1000, he’s actually in second place based on this dumbass metric. But he wins on Facebook! Another reason why I check Queerty less and less.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ThatguyFromBoston
      ThatguyFromBoston

      Twitter is for self absorbed ass-hats and the people who enable them.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jd
      jd

      @Quack: No, he is following 1200+ people. He himself only has 875, as I type this.

      And the “guage his success by how many Twitter followers” line of thinking is not the real litmus test here, but it’s indicative of his reach. Money talks, and the $100k isn’t anything to sneeze at, but he’s got a lot of catching up to do, and quickly.

      There’s a reason politicians covet their Twitter followings: Immediate access to potential donors. Woods’ lack of a Twitter following shows there’s more he can to do reach voters, and donors.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM
      SM

      Democrats are looking for new blood to throw the Democratic bums out of Congress. I wish more young people would get involved in politics. Just follow the healthcare debates, the Democrats are furious and ready to clean house at the next election if people do not step up to the Presidents agenda. They are calling, e-mailing and ready to fund campaigns for a challenger.

      Its a Democratic Party Problem. There are too many in our party that are not really Democrats or have just recently won over conservative districts and are too chicken to be more “liberal”

      Now is the time, if you like politics.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 5:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spanky
      Spanky

      He had thoughtful and well spoken responses on Bill Maher’s program.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 6:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM
      SM

      There are many places to look for new Democratics to support. Michele Bachmann barely won last time around and the Democrats want her beat in the next election with a good candidate.

      She is from Al Franken’s state too.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Helga von ornstein
      Helga von ornstein

      @Quack: I thought the same thing but didnt want to say it.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gurlene
      Gurlene

      @Chitown Kev: Whad’up Kev?

      Jul 28, 2009 at 7:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gurlene
      Gurlene

      @ThatguyFromBoston: I thought the same thing but didn’t want to say this either. I can’t help but notice how shallow people who always yak while walking down the phone and texting while on the train so they can send it as soon as they get out really are.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Shelby:

      Nobody calls me a racist! Nobody! I’ll have you know I saw big momma’s house 1 and 2, and I’m anxiously anticipating III! I’ve had SEX with many (well, not that many…I’m not a whore, okay?) black men! They were hot, and it was a lot of fun. You know what fun is, right? You should have it more often. I am immune! Oh, I didn’t use the ‘n’ word; that was SM or someone else trying to discredit me with my sobriquet. You know how I got that nick? Because I’m dick.

      I understand the confusion, though. I should have condemned it, too. But in the IP address is the truth. I am not a racialist…chrissakes, I don’t even have a type.

      This candidate needs to get himself a goddamn campaign manager. A good one with a math background, goddamnit!

      Jul 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      chitown kev’s too good for queerty now. It’s all about towleroad for him. Well, aren’t we all high and mighty.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @Gurlene:

      Hey, Gurlene

      @TANK:

      Now see you and I can talk, at least most of the time, with a few “fuck yous” going back and forth. You do seem to elevate your rhetoric according to who you are going to back and forth. Let’s face it, I can’t talk with many people on here (or anywhere else) about Spinoza.

      But you needn’t have lied about having sex with MANY black man, that WAS the first thing out of your mouth on that topic and you didn’t even feel the need to edit it out!

      Jul 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Chitown Kev:

      LOL! ha ha. It was, and it’s no excuse. but, it was very hot (the boys and the sex). I figure if you can’t have sex with people you’re not attracted to, use your hand…it can be just as good. So that implies that they tickled my mind, too. That’s why it stands out. It was all obviously for comedic effect, though. I’d never use the ‘n’ word (and big momma’s house…c’mon…some people like little debbie and burger king–I like horrible movies!)…I’ve a read book or two in my time.

      But I’ve always found racial and ethnic epithets fascinating…why are they offensive? I never use them because they are, in fact, offensive…and there’s no room for that in polite society. I don’t want to cause anyone unjustifiable distress. Here’s something I briefly poured over. What do you think of it?

      http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/chom/Hom.SRE.pdf

      Jul 28, 2009 at 8:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @TANK:

      LMAO! I’m a little swayed by the spirits. If you can’t have sex with people you’re actually attracted to.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @TANK:

      Interesting, I’ll have to read this in fuller depth tonight.

      I will admit that racial epithets fascinate me too, especially as they can differentiate among “white people.” There are a couple of names that I would never call a person of Italian descent, for example, though you still see those used at times.

      Not that this should be a topic on this particular thread, in any event, but as a classics major and a English/philosophy minor, yes, I can get off into this stuff.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Chitown Kev:

      I somehow don’t hesitate from calling the ginos whatever strikes my fancy. Because they’re jerks…yes, jerks. It’s been my experience, anyway.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @TANK:

      TANK, I know you’re getting your drink on but kindly refrain from that, please.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Chitown Kev:

      Oh why? It can’t be real discrimination…they’re white and antisemitic.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @TANK:

      Oh, yes it can. Call an Italian American male a g-word or a w-word to his face and watch what happens to you…

      And let’s not hijack the thread, I still want to know what some of Wood’s specific policy positions are.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Chitown Kev:

      Oh? Watch what happens to me? I was in a five year relationship with a fucking no good son of a bitch traditional new york W…and let’s just say that the fights we had were interesting.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 10:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @TANK:

      then you know!….but the makeup sex was fan-fucking-tastic, I know.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      Some specifics from Woods’ website:

      Projects like Caldecott Tunnel, Highway 4, the 80-680 Interchange, 580 Corridor, and E-Bart represent billions of dollars in potential economic stimulus – and I will champion the cause of pushing them forward.

      At the federal level, I believe we need to consider dramatic action like a moratorium on new foreclosures, additional modification incentives for lenders, and requirements that banks receiving TARP monies use those resources to help keep families in their homes.

      Oh, hell, let me post the damn page

      http://www.anthonywoodsforcongress.com/issues.html

      Jul 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Chitown Kev:

      Oh, I know. LOL! I know that he’s a thug son of a bitch who couldn’t keep his dick in his pants, and fucked his way through my former friends (and that’s an UNDERSTATEMENT!). ANd that he broke my fucking arm when I kicked his no good ass to the curb, and that he’s still sending me things, and harassing me despite the fact that I’ve changed my number several times. And that his gino friends and family keep “tabs”. He’s a sick fuck, and I hate him.

      The only good thing out of it was that he could make me laugh (and that’s difficult), and I learned how to cook italian food better than mama, as I memorized marcella hazan’s cookbook, amongst others.

      But I digest. I don’t care for drama, but after five years no one’s innoculated.

      Woods’ policy positions? http://www.anthonywoodsforcongress.com/issues.html

      Already linked.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      @TANK:

      This is awful, I know, and maybe even racist but…

      After 5 years? Oh, you belong to him for LIFE!

      But you know that already, don’t you.

      I’ve only been involved at the fuck buddy level thus far and even then…the expectations always seemed to be that sex was to be at a time of their choosing no matter what.

      Jul 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt
      Kurt

      After witnessing Blue Dog/Turncoat Jared Polis lie about his support for national health care, I no longer have any use for participating in Victory Fund-like programs. Their time in history has passed.

      But Anthony Woods stands on his own merits. Help him out if you can but don’t give blindly to glbt candidates. And never send another dime to Polis.

      Jul 29, 2009 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      To digress, is that cutie Mike Taibbi gay?

      Jul 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stephen
      Stephen

      @TANK: BS! You are not a racist coz you f*ck black dudes?? Racists love big d**ks too. As far as I’m concerned you belong to the Klan. You have used the N word on this blog several times. Shame on You TANK!

      Jul 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Stephen:

      Racists like big penises? I wasn’t aware of that. The more you know, I guess. As far as you’re concerned? How far is that? How far can that be in this context?

      Jul 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stephen
      Stephen

      @TANK: OMG. Please tell me that you, at least have a college degree.I know you don’t support Anthony Wood for obvious reasons , so why spend the whole day in front of your PC, in your basement commenting on a blog about him?

      Jul 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      @Stephen:

      Is that what I’m doing? Hmmmmmm…interesting. How does that make you feel?

      Jul 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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