A recently released poll by American Republican Viewpoint, a firm that touts itself as a “leading Republican polling firm”, came up with what could be seen as an expected result – Stutzman – gasp, gasp – is ahead in the race for the Third Congressional seat. For those unfamiliar with the polling firm, here is some background on a few of its top members:
- Linda DiVall, Founder, President and CEO – part of the McCain ’08 polling team and has conducted survey research for Gov. Matt Blunt, Bush-Cheney ’00 and ’04, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, GOP Whip Roy Blunt, Senators Johnny Isakson, Jim Talent, Richard Lugar, Fred Thompson, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Phil Gramm; Congresswomen Mary Bono, Jo Ann Emerson and Judy Biggert; Congressmen Ed Whitfield, and others. She served as the pollster for Senator Phil Gramm’s Presidential campaign, Elizabeth Dole’s 2000 campaign, and was a senior advisor to the Bob Dole for President Campaign.
- Gary Ferguson, Senior Vice President – has conducted polling for numerous Republican congressional and statewide campaigns
- Bob Carpenter, Vice President – Bob has worked for the California Legislature; the California Republican Party both as Political Director and Executive Director; the Republican Party of Alaska as both Political and Executive Director; the Republican National Committee as Deputy Regional Political Director for the Great Lakes region and as National Field Director; and Executive Director of Victory ‘92-New York.
- Randall Gutermuth, Vice President – Randall’s political clients have included the RNC, the NRCC, former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressional members Judy Biggert, Roy Blunt, Jo Ann Emerson, Nancy Johnson, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mike Oxley and Ed Whitfield among others, as well as the Missouri and Georgia Republican parties.
Call me skeptical, but a Republican polling firm populated by Republican toadies, finding a Republican candidate ahead – really? As the democratic candidate, Dr. Thomas Hayhurst stated, the only poll that counts is the one on election day.