More OTS Updates

I have some more updates from Operation Texas Surge. Unlike the last few these are not my own. I am just passing them along. Our first update comes from Oliver, the Meetup organizer in College Station:

Things are going real well. I have a tendency to be a little pessimistic, but am constantly encouraged by other supporters in College Station. I’m giving away the last of the Huckabee signs tonight, and all the fliers are gone too. I know one woman is hitting up 8 polling places tonight, 1 guy hit up 5 yesterday and some along the major highway, another woman is getting about 6, so things are really going well. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens on Tuesday! -Oliver

Next up is an update from the group handling operations in Lubbock:

Coming at you from the second most conservative city in the United States, according the VotingResearch.org: Lubbock, Texas where OTS is out in full force!

Our team included two from Southern California and one from New Mexico. The two of us from Southern California flew into Albuquerque, New Mexico where we met up with the New Mexico Huckabee Meetup State Coordinator. Together, we drove into Lubbock.

The city of Lubbock has 200,000 people. According to VotingResearch.org, seventy five percent of it’s population votes conservative and twenty five percent votes liberal.

According to the local Meetup coordinator, Andrew Vaughn, there has been very little media coverage prior to Mike’s rally in the city on Friday. The locals selected a venue that held 100 people and at the last minute decided to move the rally outside to accomodate more people. Good thing, too! Three hunded people came!

The next day the rally was the lead story in the city’s only newspaper on the front page with a full color photo of Huckabee playing his bass at the rally. Great press!

Saturday night we caught up with the Meetup to plan strategy for each day all the way through the day after the primary!

Here is what we did / are doing:

Sunday
– Morning sign wave
– Voter guide distribution on car windshields at major chuches
– Afternoon sign wave

Monday
– Discover Huckabee Issues Roundtable – Invited

Tuesday
– Precinct coverage
– Watch party

Wednesday
– Gather materials and drive to New Mexico

This is just Lubbock! We also campaigned in Albuquerque before we left for Lubbock. More to come…

Here’s an update from the folks from N. Florida who are on the ground in Houston:

Groggy report from the ground in Conroe/Houston. I did manage to stay awake during church. It was so heartening to hear the pastor their inform his church of who he would be voting for! Mike Huckabee!!! It was really nice to see a man of God take a public stand for the right candidate for a change. Mike spoke briefly as he introduced Tim LaHaye. We left the church and headed to the gun show in Pasadena. Only in Texas can you leave church and go shop for guns! LOL.

We got a really good response from the patrons there. Many had bought the theory of McCain’s inevitability but we’re eager to learn of the brokered convention’s history. We gave away several signs, lots of buttons and bumper stickers and sold a few of bpassmore’s shirts!

Then the menfolk headed off to put up the ginormous signs we brought. We took miracleshappen and her children and headed to Huntsville to visit the statue of Sam Houston. I will post pics tomorrow after I find a way to resize them! That is one big statue!

When we got home we were reminded that today is a very special day. Yes, it’s my DH’s birthday (thanks for letting me be away!), but it is also TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!

If the Texans I met today are anything like their neighbors, we won’t need to worry about those silly polls come Tuesday! There are a lot of enthusiastic Huck supporters here. I met several people that told me they were going to vote for him even though they believed he couldn’t win! They are not going to continue to vote for the lesser of two evils and they aren’t going to let a pundit tell them how to vote!

I’m nearing comatose levels now, so I’ll post more tomorrow. Jerod and I are headed to San Antonio to help set up for the rally and then to work the polls on Tuesday. Erin will be taking a much needed mini-vacation with friends.

Remember San Jacinto, folks!

We have a lot of great people o nthe ground giving their all for Huckabee in Texas! Way to go!

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Operation Texas Surge Updates

The following are updates I have been posting over at Huck’s Army for Operation Texas Surge Team One: the first update was posted yesterday:

This is BDBopper Reporting for HNN….THE HUCKABEE NEWS NETWORK….and our live team coverage of Operation Texas Surge YEEE HAW!!! :D (Can you tell I am enjoying writing these reports?)

On to the update! When we last left our heroes, They were headed out of College Station and on to Houston. It took them much longer than they wanted because the traffic in H-Town is an absolute nightmare! That didn’t stop them one bit and they arrived at the Passmore’s at about 6 PM Friday evening. What a wonderful family and team of volunteers Brett has! After hugging and twenty minutes of verbally catching up (if allowed they really could have talked and spent time forever!) the trade was made. Brett & Co. got a bunch of bumper stickers while Shawn (Trox) and Jack were given over 300 signs. As I said they could have spent time together forever but it was time to saddle up and get a move on. Off to The Alamo! WESTWARD HO!!!

In About 4 hours (around 10 PM) our heroes arrived in San Antonio to meet with Chris (TexasAggie4Mike or something like that…can’t remember off the top of my head) and his lovely wife. Shawn and Jack gladly dropped off 100 signs (after some hugs) with Chris for his meetup to use in sign waves and setting up near polling locations.

Our fearless twosome were hoping to get back into Waco at a decent hour but unfortunately it just wasn’t going to happen So they made a decision. They got on the horn as they were leaving San Antonio, and talked with Jason West of the Austin Meetup group. Jason is currently serving in OTS in Abilene and doing one heck of a job over there! They asked Jason if his group could use some supplies and if there was someone that might be willing to meet them near the highway in Austin. Jason called back and our heroes met with a couple from the Austin group at a Austin McDonald’s who were in desperate need of supplies at about 1 AM this morning (Saturday). The Austin Volunteers were really overjoyed and pumped to get these signs and some other materials!

Our weary travelers had some good news. They made it back to Home Base in Waco 45 minutes earlier than they did after yesterday’s (Thursday’s) operations. Not only that but they had no morning commitments so they were able to sleep in! Yippee!! :)

Shawn (Trox) & Jack (Whose pet peeve is whistling…yes they have spent to much time with each other to find that one out) enjoyed a well deserved night’s sleep. They actually got to sleep in! After waking up they split off. Jack headed into Waco to join Blake (the Waco Meetup Organizer). Shawn headed up to Dallas.

Jack and Brent started off the day sign waving and hading out materials to the crowd gathering for the Baylor basketball game. Afterwards they placed about 100 signs in strategic places all around Waco. They have more signs for Blake’s group to place around polling places on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Shawn headed to up to The Metroplex of Dallas-Ft.Worth and is there currently. He will be meeting with our wonderful Andysprite and Mike (from a group of Oklahoma volunteers). They will be placing 300-400 signs around Dallas and Fort Worth in strategic locales.

Speaking of Andysprite – For those of you who don’t know – Her son, Carson fell and needed stitches yesterday. They were to go to the Fort Worth Stockyard rally to cheer on Mike and Carson was very excited to have the chance to meet Chuck Norris. Unfortunately this incident did not allow that meeting to occur. However there was a surprise resolution in store for our Airborne Ranger and her son. Andrea received a call from our awesome Governor Huckabee! AND GET THIS – Chuck Norris will be sending a personal card to Carson! WHAT CLASS AND GRACE WE HAVE IN OUR CANDIDATE!!! We should all be proud!

Hopefully our Heroes will make it back to Home Base at a more decent hour tonight. Tomorrow it is back to Dallas-Fort Worth. As for Andysprite she is off to Tyler to drop some supplies to Huckabeliever and her meetup group.

Y’all should be very proud. This is a total team effort. Out of all the supplies, only 10 percent were newly bought. That means that the vast majority of the supplies were donated by Huckabees all over the country. WE are all apart of this Team Effort. WAY TO GO!! WE are giving it all we’ve got…nothing will be left on the playing field when all is said and done!

And this is the update for tonight that I just posted:

HNN Reporter BDBopper with another OTS Update!

When we last left OTS Team One Jack was still in Waco with the Meetup group there and Shawn (Trox) was on his way to Dallas. Shawn made it to Dallas with about 400 signs that he needed to find places for (the signs were given to him by both Andrea and Mike of the Oklahoma group). In addition Mike Ford and his Oklahoma Meetup group had more signs. Luckily they found to dedicated volunteers, Kelsey and Scott (Husband and Wife) who knew exactly waht to do. So everyone (including Andrea) met at Huckabee HQ in Dallas for a confab to make plans for the next phase of operations. First was a sign wave at Prestonwood Baptist Church, and after that they marked out precinct locations and other strategic localses for signs to be placed.

After that it was back to Home Base in Waco for Shawn. He arrived back at 2:45 AM (30 minutes earlier than the day before!). Then it was back up to The Metroplex for Jack and Shawn. The locations to meet was outside of Prestonwood Baptist Church where a group of 15 volunteers ended up waving signs for about three hours. During that entire time there were nonstop horn honming and the reception was tremendous for Huckabee! VERY ENCOURAGING NEWS! Not only that but 250 bumper stickers were given out and placed on the bumpers of cars right on the spot! Jack and Shawn didn’t arrive untl near the end of the sign waving but it was still amazing. After the end of the sign waving everyone went out to lunch. At this point the Oklahoma group had to head back home. After dropping some more materials and placing signs it was time for our Heroes to head home as well. However Jack decided to stick around in Texas for the next few days and take the bus home. So he’ll still be around for the rally tomorrow and operations on Tuesday. Shawn is now headed back to Memphis very exhausted but looking forward to sleeping in his own bed!

There are more people involved with OTS than you even know. Almost miraculously a volunteer who had driven all the way from Georgia ran into Shawn this afternoon. That volunteer was trying to find out what to do and where that person’s services were needed. Fortunately Shawn knew exactly what to do and got that volunteer in touch with Kelsey and Scott. That person will be helping out operations at the rally tomorrow and with Get Out the Vote on Tuesday! Shawn and Jack also met with other groups holding sign waves who were definitely pumped up when they found out about our operations.

Everyone should be very proud of our efforts. Everyone who has pledged to chip in and help has done so. Whether it be to donate signs and other materials, to all of our boots on the ground. All indications are that the Florida group in Houston and the Southern California group operating in Lubbock are also having successful missions! The locals are absolutely pumped gang! They are ecstatic to see troops from all over the country helping them out with their efforts. It’s a total morale booster!

This will probably be my last report on OTS for HNN. Thanks for reading. I’m Out!

There are tons of pictures from Operation Texas Surge and you can find them HERE.

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OPERATION TEXAS SURGE IN FULL EFFECT!!!

Even before Super Tuesday plans were already in put into motion within the ranks of Huck’s Army to get supplies and boots on the ground in the Lonestar State. Operation Texas Surge is now in full swing across the state. I am very pleased to be able to bring you reports from one of the nine teams working tirelessly in Texas. Here is the first report from OTS Team One!

OTS Team One left for The Lonestar State yesterday (Thursday). Their first stop was in Benton Arkansas where we met Jason and picked up supplies. Next stop was Dallas to meet up with the lovely Andysprite and her family (for a supply drop). Then they headed down to Home Base in Waco, TX and didn’t make it down there until 4 AM. They were exhausted!

After five hours of sleep they headed out to College Station and the rally at Texas A&M in College Station. What an awesome experience. Shaun (Trox) was able to meet with Chip Saltsman and Jack was able to meet Mike and get his Huck’s Army hat signed by the Governor! Most importantly they were able to distribute supplies to some very eager supporters. They handed out about 300 bumper stickers, 80 buttons, and 300 pieces of literature. On the back of each bumper sticker “hucksarmy.com” was written!

There was a ton of excitement on the ground! The event was to be held in a theater and there was as many people packed in the place as there were outside trying to get in! Shaun estimates at least 1,700 people if not more. Not only was there excitement on the ground but there was plenty in the sky too! Around the time of the event a huge Mike Huckabee for President Banner was seen in the skies above College Station (Way to go Team!)! College Station is definitely Huckabee territory! Texas A&M may be one of the most conservative of college campuses in the entire nation. There is absolutely no visible support for John McCain and only a small amount for Obama (since this is a college campus). Look for huge numbers for Huck to come out of the precincts here!

Afterwards, Team One met with Oliver of the College Station Huckabee Meetup group and distributed materials to the eager folks there. They were in desperate need and very thankful. They are now located right out of College Station and they driving towards Houston to meet up with Brett Passmore & Co. to pick up supplies (Brett…they can’t wait to see you!). Then it is off to San Antonio to drop off supplies in the shadows of The Alamo before driving back to Home Base in Waco.

Where is Team One headed tomorrow? It’s off to Cowboy country in Dallas and Fort Worth (amongst other locales). Well that will do it for this update. Keep up the phone calls gang. We’ve got to keep it up. WE WILL WIN TEXAS…but we cannot do it without help!

Shaun is caling me with updates and I will bring them to you here (after posting them ton Huck’s Army first). There are also pictures from their travels. You can see them HERE Stay tuned for more news from Texas!

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Huck’s Army – "They’ve Underestimated Him Before…"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2008

CONTACT
Lucas Roebuck
Public Affairs, HucksArmy.com
971.832.0247
hucksarmypress@gmail.com

“They have underestimated him before…”
HUCKABEE GRASSROOTS brings the fight to KANSAS, LOUISIANA and beyond

Many roads lead to Huckabee victory — all possible through a groundswell of grassroots support

KANSAS RIGHT TO LIFE ENDORSES HUCKABEE
DOBSON’S ENDORSEMENT SOLIDIFIES VALUE VOTER SUPPORT

WICHITA, Kan. — Calls are being made, signs being distributed, and rallies being attended as Huck’s Army troops join a groundswell of grassroots support for Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Sunflower State.

“We saw the how the grassroots efforts of Huckabee supporters stacked up in states like Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama,” said David Schmidt, National Grassroots Campaign Manager for HucksArmy.com. “We are taking the fight to Kansas and Louisiana on Saturday.”

“Kansas is the heartland of America, good people, values voters,” said Lucas Roebuck, Public Affairs Officer for HucksArmy.com. “Social conservatives and moral voters will give Huckabee a boost.”

Roebuck said Huckabee could do well in Louisiana also, particularly because when he was governor, he committed full state resources to helping the Hurricane Katrina evacuees from Arkansas’ neighbor to the south.

“As a journalist in Arkansas at the time, I covered the open arms of friendship and support Arkansas gave to Louisiana evacuees of all social, racial and economic groups,” Roebuck said. “Huckabee mobilized the resources of the government, the private sector and churches quickly. He didn’t wait for the bureaucracy. He used the power of his office to make things happen.”

VALUE ENDORSEMENTS
The Kansas Right to Life organization, Kansans for Life, endorsed Mike Huckbaee this week, as did Christian leader Dr. James Dobson. The Dobson’s endorsement solidifies Huckabee as the standard bearer for social conservatives and value voters.

DELEGATE RACE
Candidates are competing to win delegates from a pool of 2,381 delegates. Just over 1,200 have been allocated, leaving around 1,100 up for grabs. Mitt Romney, who has suspended his campaign, will have 281 delegates to release at the GOP Convention. Huckabee will have to win around 900 of those to lock up the election, but far fewer to force a brokered convention.

About HucksArmy.com
With core values of faith, family and freedom, HucksArmy.com is an online grassroots movement not owned or operated by any candidate or political campaign. With more than 17,000 recruits, HucksArmy.com is dedicated to mobilize support for candidates who honor God and country.

FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE – HUCKSARMY.COM INVITES THOMPSON SUPPORTERS TO CONSIDER MIKE HUCKABEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 22, 2008


CONTACT

Lucas Roebuck

Public Affairs, HucksArmy.com

971.832.0247

HUCKSARMY.COM INVITES THOMPSON SUPPORTERS TO CONSIDER HUCKABEE

Mike Huckabee has strongest pro-life and Second Amendment record

JOPLIN, Mo. — Supporters of Sen. Fred Thompson’s presidential bid should take another look at Mike Huckabee, the natural alternative for Thompson’s conservative voters. Thompson supporters looking to dialogue with Huckabee supporters can do so online in the discussion forums at HucksArmy.com, where over 14,500 Huckabee supporters meet online.

“Thompson is a great American and defender of conservative causes,” said Lucas Roebuck, HucksArmy.com Public Affairs officer. “Unlike some of the other GOP candidates, Thompson and Huckabee share common cause in defense of the Second Amendment and defense of the unborn.”

Thompson announced Tuesday that he would be dropping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee received an A rating from the NRA. Mike Huckabee led the Arkansas Right to Life March every year he was governor of Arkansas.

About HucksArmy.com

With core values of faith, family and freedom, HucksArmy.com is an online grassroots movement not owned or operated by any candidate or political campaign. With over 14,000 recruits, HucksArmy.com is dedicated to mobilize support for candidates who honor God and country.

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