What would happen if your campaign called a press conference and absolutely no local press came?
That's what happened to Rick Noreiga Monday morning at a health care clinic in east Houston. Scheduled for 9:00 this morning, only 6 people showed up for the presser. And, that number includes Noreiga staffers, clinic staff and one Cornyn campaign tracker. Not one media outlet showed.
How embarrassing. In a city that claims over 5 million residents, the greater Houston area, that's not so good for a Senate campaign. Especially a Senate campaign that the Washington Democrat establishment bragged would flood with money to oust sitting Senator John Cornyn. The Dems have pulled out all the stops - MoveOn type ads, Howard Dean visits, Senate Dem re-election campaign promises of funding, etc. Yet, since Noreiga has run a breathtakingly incompetent campaign, the fundraising has led to little success.
Seems the challenger wasn't quite so brave today either. His campaign announced that the 'open' press event was closed when no one showed up. Then, the campaign staff sent over a clinic staffer to ask the Cornyn tracker to leave.
Not such a strong voice to send to Washington, D.C.