Update from Des Moines On Jan 4, 2008 10:51 AM, Ben Hodges wrote:
I sincerely regret to inform you that today, the GOTV day, the biggest day of the whole Iowa campaign for the 300 students up here, was completely destroyed–and the circumstances point towards a deliberate sabotage.
We were told from the very beginning that all of our hard work would be nought if we didn’t hit Iowa hard on January 3rd.
Our job? Call every Ron Paul supporter in the state (our numbers were bigger than Huckabee’s), man as many precincts as possible, drive voters around, pick people up, get them back home, check voters off as they come in, &c., &c..
We were told to be ready to leave camp at 9 a.m.
We were ready.
But then at 2:30 in the morning, all the camp leaders received a phone call that the database the Des Moines office put together of all our phone banking and door-to-door canvassing was totally scrambled, jumbled, and even partly deleted. All the data was scattered and completely jumbled. Missing phone numbers. Missing precincts. A big box of random data. Thousands and thousands of voters.
The original file was supposed to have broken all voters down into counties and precincts. Didn’t happen.
Each page was supposed to be correlated with precinct captains and chairmen. Didn’t happen.
We were looking at a day of turning out over 17,000 voters. We maybe called 300.
We picked up nobody.
We manned no caucuses.
So what happened?
We were told we’d have the numbers by 11 a.m.
We finally got the numbers around 4:30. We couldn’t even print them. A couple camp leader floored it to a Kinko’s and printed them out. We got started calling at 5:15. Caucusers were supposed to show up at 6:30.
I have received word that one particular person is responsible for all this.
I’ve also heard word that this is not true. That’s why I won’t release the name.
In any case, the database the Des Moines office was supposed to be compiling was completely compromised, either technically or personally. The word used to describe the master file was “unusable.”