[Note by SD - This diarist shares an IP address with two others who have posted inflammatory content without responding to the community or our questions. It appears to be part of a coordinated effort. Please see this post for further information.]
Anglico recently posted a piece on the 2008 North Carolina gubernatorial race that likened State Treasurer Richard Moore to Art Pope and George W. Bush. He also gave a backhanded endorsement to Bev Perdue saying "She's also the go-to choice for those of us who are sick of being subjugated to the politics of white old rich men. I hate that Perdue voted for the goddamned lottery, but I need to get over it. She's going to be the next governor."
Unfortunately, Anglico neglected to offer readers a number of important facts that might have colored his judgment.
1. Anglico is Jim Protzman, an executive for the Raleigh P.R. firm, CapStrat. He is listed as one of six members of the CapStrat "leadership team." His title is "Strategy Director."
2. CapStrat is the firm that produced the first NC Cash TV ads. They also produced those little fliers that Jim's wife got in the mail. Surely, as Strategy Director of a firm with 50 employees, Anglico was aware of this contract.
3. Capstrat was not selected to do the most recent round of NC Cash TV ads, which were subsequently done by another firm.
4. CapStrat does have the contract to do all of the ads for the "TRU" teen anti-smoking ads. These ads are funded by the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund. The state is spending more than $7 million on this ad campaign according to the HWTF 2005 annual report.
5. CapStrat also lists the "Fit Together Initiative" as a client. This initiative is a joint project between Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Health and Wellness Trust Fund. The size of this contract is unclear.
6. Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue is chairwoman of the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund. As such, all staff report to her and she has signficant power over all spending decisions--including media hiring.
7. Anglico and his wife have already donated $5000 ($2000 from him, $3000 from her) to Beverly Perdue's campaign in the last year. That seems like a lot of money for someone who "needs to get over it" and "hates that Perdue voted for the lottery." In fact, Anglico's donation to Perdue was made almost a year ago, just six months after Perdue cast the deciding lottery vote. Was he not over it when he wrote a $2000 check? If not, why did he write it?
8. Do you really think Anglico would be bashing Richard Moore if the NC Cash contract was still with CapStrat? Do you really think he is an objective observer on this issue given his (conveniently undisclosed) ongoing and significant business relationship with Beverly Perdue? Is it really appropriate for him to comment on this race? Think about all the state contracts CapStrat could get if Beverly Perdue became Governor when you answer these questions.....